Greens stand aside in Thornbury and Yate to boost Lib Dem general election vote

November 07 2019
Greens stand aside in Thornbury and Yate to boost Lib Dem general election vote

THE Green Party will not stand a candidate in Thornbury & Yate in the general election as part of a national agreement with the Liberal Democrats.

The two parties have formed an alliance called Unite to Remain, which also includes Plaid Cymru in Wales, aiming to give pro-remain candidates a better chance of winning marginal seats against Labour or Tory MPs.

Thornbury & Yate is one of several seats in the region where one of the parties has agreed to stand aside for the other.

The Lib Dems will not stand candidates in Bristol West, Stroud or the Forest of Dean, while the Greens will not run in Bath, Cheltenham, Chippenham, Taunton Deane or Wells.

At the last general election in 2017 the Greens came fourth in Thornbury and Yate: their candidate received just 633 votes from a total turnout of 50,690.

Conservative Luke Hall's majority over the second-placed Lib Dems was 12,071: his 28,008 total represented more than 55% of all votes cast.

Thornbury & Yate Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Claire Young has welcomed the move.

She said: “Thank you to the local Green Party for agreeing to step aside here in Thornbury & Yate. This is one of the most defining elections of our time and we are proud to be a part of the Unite to Remain agreement.

"This gives local people a great opportunity to have a strong voice in Parliament to stop Brexit and fight for a brighter future for our area and the country."

The Conservatives have been approached for comment.