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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

LibDems opt not to Oppose Caroline Lucas in Brighton Pavilion to Support Opposition to Hard Brexit

April 27, 2017 6:40 AM

Brighton and Hove LibDem members launch their General Election 2017 campaign

At a crowded and passionate meeting Wednesday Brighton and Hove LibDem members from the Pavilion constituency voted overwhelmingly not to offer a LibDem candidate at the General election and to endorse Caroline Lucas, the current Green Party MP.
The motion not to stand was supported by a three to one margin of local members present.
Speaking after the decision Paul Chandler, who was the party's local choice to be candidate, said: "We feel that this is a unique 'Brexit' election and in these special circumstances we have to make this decision. Of course, I respect the counter arguments but I'm very happy that members chose the way they did and so convincingly.
"We have plenty of differences with the Green Party and this establishes no precedent. We will be fighting as fiercely as ever for LibDem candidates in Hove and Kemptown. But Caroline shares her EU policy 100% with us. There is no difference on that matter.
"After the Greens' gesture of standing down last year at the by-election in Richmond Park, we have agreed to return the favour.
"This is the most important election of my lifetime and it will have consequences for decades into the future. It is no time for political tribalism."