Trio of opposition parties agree electoral pact

Jo Swinson

Mr Williams won the seat from Plaid Cymru in 2005 but lost it in 2017, largely because student voters at Aberystwyth University switched to Labour from the Lib Dems.

Powys County Council's Plaid Cymru group leader, Cllr Elwyn Vaughan, who was named the party's prospective parliamentary candidate in July, will have to stand down, with Liberal Democrat PPC, Kishan Devani left as the only "remain" candidate in the election race.

"This coming election will decide the fate of our country for generations to come and that's why the Liberal Democrats have worked with the Green Party and Plaid Cymru to put the national interest first. I know it would hurt me".

Liberal Democrats and Greens are likely to stand aside for Plaid Cymru candidates in three of the four seats Plaid is defending in the December election - Arfon, Dwyfor Meirionydd and Carmarthen East and Dinefwr.

In the Isle of Wight and Brighton Pavilion, the Greens will be given a free run, while in the constituencies of Richmond Park and Cheltenham, the Lib Dems will be unopposed by other Remain-backing parties.

Heidi Allen, the former Conservative MP who defected to the Liberal Democrats, co-launched Unite to Remain and said the level of cross-party co-operation was "unprecedented in modern British political history".


The pact means that candidates will stand aside for each other in 11 of the 40 seats in Wales, to increase the chances of a Remain-supporting MP being elected. "This is our opportunity to tip the balance of power away from the two largest parties and into a progressive Remain alliance".

"With a single remain candidate in 60 seats we will return a greater number of remain MPs to parliament", she told the Guardian.

Last time round the Lib Dems were third but they expect to overtake Labour in a constituency which is largely pro-Remain.

No such deal is on offer in Scotland were the fiercely pro-remain SNP are targeting Lib Dem seats including the one held by Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson.

Whereas the Liberal Democrats have said they will cancel Brexit, Labour's Jeremy Corbyn is adamant he wants to respect the result of the referendum but simply wants to renegotiate the deal to improve workers' rights and environmental protection.

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