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Letter to the Press

July 9, 2019 10:04 AM
By Stephen Hardy MBE.
Dear Editor

Can we see at last the beginnings of a joint pro-Remain election ticket emerging with the announcement that both Plaid Cymru and the Greens are standing aside to let the Lib Dems have a clear path to winning the by-election in Brecon and Radnor on August 1?

With Boris Johnson likely to move into Downing Street, it will be very significant if united pro-European forces take that seat from the Conservatives. If the Tories lose Brecon, their majority will drop to three - even if the DUP supports them. It will then be easier to stop Johnson crashing out of the EU without a deal, as he has threatened to do.

You have to wonder about the Conservative strategy for this election: their sitting MP has been recalled by his constituents after he pled guilty to a charge of falsifying his expense claims but the Conservatives have reselected him as their candidate!

Labour have not stood aside here but true pro-European parties should do whatever they can, even if Labour refuse to play ball. This will be vital if there is a general election before Brexit. In such a scenario, Nigel Farage has hinted about a devils' pact between his Brexit Party and the Tories.

There needs to be a rival angels' pact, the core of which will have to be a deal between the Lib Dems and the Greens. Collectively, they are polling around 30%, making them the largest single force. If they came together, pro-European voters might be even more enthused so a Lib Dem/Green alliance would enjoy a further boost in support.

With the nation's future at stake, I make this plea for pro-European politicians to find a way to build on the Brecon precedent.

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Hardy