The Richmond Park byelection and prospects for a progressive alliance | Letters
We were surprised to read Caroline Lucas’s comments that we, as the Green party, are “backing” the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Richmond Park byelection (Lib Dems eye pro-EU voters in final Richmond byelection push, theguardian.com, 26 November). In fact, local Green parties have made no decision to endorse any other party’s candidate.
As local Green party members, we support the idea of a “progressive alliance” in 2020 to kick out the Tories and change the voting system. But we don’t feel that simply endorsing a Liberal Democrat in Richmond Park has anything to do with the progressive alliance initiative. As the Lib Dem candidate said herself, there has been “no deliberate attempt to form an alliance”. Nor is there any sense in which the Lib Dems left to run their own campaign are “progressive”.
Source: Guardian Transport