The Green Party and Lib Dems alliance could help stop Theresa May

Jessica Brown@Jessica_E_Brown
Friday 28 April 2017 09:00
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A Tory victory might seem like the inevitable outcome of the snap election this June, but there’s hope among some voters that Theresa May could be booted out of Number 10.

And there’s a theory it could be done by a Green Party alliance.

In Brighton, the Greens and Liberal Democrats are coming together in an attempt to secure more votes than the Tories. The Lib Dems have agreed not to run in the Green Party’s co-leader, Caroline Lucas’s seat in Brighton Pavilion. In return, the Greens will not stand in Brighton Kemptown.

Lucas said of the Lib Dems:

They recognise that I will be fighting this government’s extreme Brexit every step of the way and I thank them for their support.

In Brighton something amazing is happening. People are putting aside party allegiances and working together so we have the best possible chance of delivering a fairer voting system and beating the Tories at the next election.

Greens will be standing for election across this country and putting across our unique vision but in a handful of places members of local parties are taking brave decisions for the common good.

It’s now up to the Lib Dem and Labour leaderships to sit down for talks about how we can make this movement for electoral alliances work.

And in Ealing Central and Acton, the Greens have stood down to give Labour a better chance of winning.

However, while working together in this way at local level could win votes for Lib Dems and Greens, any bigger alliances between the parties has been reportedly ruled out.

Lucas and co-leader Jonathan Bartley wrote to Labour and Lib Dem leaders, Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron, to call for the parties to “join forces”. But Corbyn and Farron have both rejected the idea.

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