It was announced today that the Green party are standing aside in a number of marginal seats in favour of Labour candidates, for example the excellent Chris Williamson in Derby North, in order to maximise the chance of toppling Tory MPs and preventing another disastrous Tory government. This is laudable and shows a concern for the best for the country.
However, the local Greens on Merseyside are crowdfunding to raise money to stand in the Wirral West constituency – a seat in which another excellent Labour MP, Margaret Greenwood, defeated the odious Tory incumbent Esther McVey by a mere 412 votes in 2015.
This almost certainly hands the seat to the Tories, as even a tiny share of the constituency’s left-leaning vote switching to the Greens is highly likely to be enough to allow the Tories to slip into first place..
The SKWAWKBOX understands that the local prospective Green candidate for Wirral West did stand aside but that a Liverpool-based Green decided to stand, for whatever reason.
The emergence of the Labour draft manifesto last night, with its incredible impact and reception across the country today, mean that the UK has a genuine electoral choice for the first time in years – and it’s one that the vast majority of Greens would also wish to support.
The SKWAWKBOX calls on the Green party leadership to get hold of their representatives in Wirral West. The Greens have no realistic prospect of victory in any of the four seats they plan to contest on the Wirral, or even get close. Labour is the party that can keep the Tories out – and a vanity project or PR exercise cannot be allowed to result in the replacement of a strong, highly-regarded Labour MP by a Tory.
Merseyside would not forgive or forget the Greens persisting in such a short-sighted course of action. The country desperately needs a Labour government and Wirral West needs its Labour MP who has received huge praise and respect for her performance and commitment.
Please share this post and let’s build a groundswell calling on the Greens to step aside rather than allow a Tory to benefit to the detriment of the area and of the country. Share it to new City Region mayor Steve Rotheram as well and ask him to intervene with the Greens’ leadership in whatever way is necessary.
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