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Green-Labour pact to fight Tories
Thursday 11th May 2017 @ 15:30 by Adam Higgins
High Peak News

An attempt to pick a single candidate to face Conservative Andrew Bingham in the fight to elect High Peak’s next MP almost succeeded.

High Peak Green Party wanted to forge a political alliance with Labour and the Liberal Democrats, believing it meant a better chance of preventing a Conservative victory in next month’s election.

Yesterday (Wednesday) the Greens suddenly announced that their candidate Jane Reynolds had in fact dramatically decided to stand down.

They then declared that they would be supporting Labour’s candidate Ruth George.

The decision was taken less than 36 hours before today’s (Thursday) close of nominations – the last day for candidates to be officially registered or to withdraw.

But the Liberal Democrats were showing no sign of withdrawing and instead said they are looking forward to the fight.

A High Peak Greens spokesman said they were ‘impressed’ by Ruth George’s credentials as a ‘green activist’ in her local community and were anxious to unite ‘behind the candidate most likely to defeat Andrew Bingham’.

They said the ‘stand down’ came after Ruth George agreed to Green commitments to:

• Support a programme of action which seriously addresses climate change, one of the biggest threats that the UK and the world faces.

• Oppose a ‘Hard Brexit’ and, in particular to any dilution of the employment rights and protection of the environment that our current membership of the European Union helps provide.

• Active campaigning for voting reform to improve democracy in the UK.

The High Peak Greens had been seeking a political alliance with Labour and the Lib Dems before last week’s Derbyshire County Council elections.

Nothing however materialised, but the results which saw the Tories taking over control of Derbyshire made the Greens go for a General Election alliance.

In a statement issued at the weekend the Greens said: “But even now, with only days to spare before nominations close, hopes are that Labour and the Liberal Democrats might yet agree to unite behind the candidate best placed to defeat Andrew Bingham.”

Yesterday, Labour and the Greens said they are happy with the planned alliance.


By David Jones