General Election 2019: ‘Unite to Remain’ pact agreed in Bermondsey & Old Southwark and Dulwich & West Norwood

Josh Salisbury (07 November, 2019) Politics

The Greens will stand aside in Bermondsey, while the Lib Dems will stand aside in Dulwich

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A Remainer electoral pact will see the Green Party stand aside in Bermondsey and Old Southwark, while the Liberal Democrats will not stand a candidate in Dulwich and West Norwood.

The ‘Unite to Remain’ initiative announced today will see the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party agree upon a single ‘pro-Remain’ candidate in next month’s election in 49 seats in England.

Among them are Bermondsey and Old Southwark, where the Greens will stand aside in favour of the Liberal Democrats, and Dulwich and West Norwood, where the Liberal Democrats are to stand aside in favour of the Greens.

READ MORE: General Election 2019: ‘F**k the Lib Dems’ says Bermondsey Green candidate – hours before standing down to help the Lib Dems

However, the defending Labour candidates for both seats, Neil Coyle and Helen Hayes, both campaigned for Remain in 2016 and voted against triggering Article 50.

The decision may yet tighten the race between Labour’s Neil Coyle and the Liberal Democrats’ Humaira Ali in the target seat of Bermondsey and Old Southwark.

The seat was previously held by the Lib Dems’ Simon Hughes until the 2015 election.

In 2017, the Green Party managed 639 votes in the seat – meaning there is some distance to go to overturn the 13,000 majority secured by Coyle at the last election.

In Dulwich and West Norwood, the Liberal Democrats secured 4,475 votes which may now go to the single ‘Unite to Remain’ candidate.

The Green Party co-leader, Johnathan Bartley has this morning announced that he will be the candidate standing to challenge incumbent Helen Hayes next month.

But with Hayes enjoying a solid 28,000 Labour majority, it looks unlikely for the seat to turn a different colour.

The full list of ‘Unite to Remain’ seats in England

Liberal Democrats standing aside for the Green Party:

Brighton Pavilion (Held)

Isle of Wight

Bury St Edmunds

Bristol West

Stroud

Dulwich & West Norwood

Cannock Chase

Exeter

Forest of Dean

The Green Party standing aside for the Liberal Democrats

Bath

North Norfolk

Oxford West & Abingdon

South Cambridgeshire

Totnes

Twickenham

Westmorland & Lonsdale

Bermondsey & Old Southwark

Buckingham

Cheadle

Chelmsford

Chelsea & Fulham

Cheltenham

Chippenham

Esher & Walton

Finchley & Golders Green

Guildford

Harrogate

Hazel Grove

Hitchin & Harpenden

North Cornwall

Penistone & Stocksbridge

Portsmouth South

Richmond Park

Romsey & Southampton North

Rushcliffe

South East Cambridgeshire

South West Surrey

Southport

Taunton Deane

Thornbury & Yate

Tunbridge Wells

Wantage

Warrington South

Watford

Wells

Wimbledon

Winchester

Witney

York Outer

Mark says:

A fixed election

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