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Bury St Edmunds Liberal Democrats put country before party in historic agreement

November 7, 2019 1:34 PM
By John Derry

Bury St Edmunds Liberal Democrats put country before party in historic agreement

As part of a unique cross-party agreement, local Liberal Democrats have decided to stand aside at this election, to allow the Green Party the best chance of winning this Parliamentary seat.

Local Liberal Democrat Party Chair John Derry said "Brexit is a national crisis. This ground-breaking agreement, facilitated by the Unite to Remain campaign group, will help to secure more Remain supporting MPs in the next Parliament."

"In this area, that means that we have decided to stand aside for this General Election by not putting forward a candidate for election. Due to our broken voting system, both a Green Party and Liberal Democrat candidate standing for election might split the significant Remain vote in our area. So we are proud to be putting our country's interests first. We thank the Green Party and Plaid Cymru for their decision to stand aside for Liberal Democrat candidates in other seats as part of the same agreement."

"It is deeply disappointing that the Labour Party Remainers would not similarly put the country first, but they failed the test on backing a People's Vote and they failed the test to build a new Remain Parliament. They are still a Brexit party."

Liberal Democrat Leader Jo Swinson said "I'd like to thank Bury St Edmunds Liberal Democrats for co-operating with this project and putting the national interest in front of the party. This is a new kind of politics that can offer a brighter future when we work across party boundaries to solve the biggest issues, like Brexit and the climate emergency.

"Together, we can stop Brexit and Unite to Remain."

Published and promoted by Zigurds Kronbergs on behalf of West Suffolk Liberal Democrats, both at 43 The Green, Barrow, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5AA, 01284 811752. Printed (hosted) by Prater Raines Ltd, 98 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY.

Contact: John Derry 26 The Street Moulton Suffolk CB8 8RZ 07914847008