24 April 2017


There has been a groundswell of local interest in the Liberal Democrats, Labour and the Green Party working together in an electoral alliance. People want to see a government which reflects their values and is in some way representative of the way in which people vote, so that they can believe their voices will heard. Having a government with a majority, which has been chosen by only a third of voters, is not serving the interests of people in the UK.

The Green Party has been in contact locally with the Labour Party to discuss the potential for the Green Party to step aside in the Plymouth Sutton and Devonport constituency.

We’ve also offered the Lib Dems that we consider stepping down in the Newton Abbot constituency. We’d like them to step down in the Totnes constituency.

The discussions in South Devon follow agreements elsewhere in the country for pre-election agreements between political parties, including for the Richmond by-election in December: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/richmond-park-by-election-green-party-cred-lib-dem-victory-zac-goldsmith-caroline-lucas-a7451536.html .

In South Devon the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party jointly organised a public debate in February this year on “The Future of Progressive Politics” involving Caroline Lucas MP (Green Party), Andrew George (ex-MP for the Liberal Democrats) and Su Maddock (ex-Parliamentary candidate for the Labour Party). This followed on from a similar debate in 2016 held in Totnes with members of the same parties discussing “A Progressive Alliance“, which included the then leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett. The events were billed as exploring how political parties with similar aspirations could agree on cross party collaboration to achieve commonly held policies that could change the voting system and elect more representative politicians.

And in the Devon County Council elections in May, the Green Party have decided to stand down some of their candidates to help ensure that there is a more balanced number of Councillors reflecting the voting intentions of people within Devon.

Related media:

- Ealing Green Party vote not to stand a candidate in the country’s fifth most marginal seat:https://www.thecanary.co/2017/04/23...

- Whilst we’ve been told that Labour will stand in every constituency, if the groundswell of public opinion continues, who knows what local Labour parties activists might do: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/apr/20/surrey-labour-progressive-alliance?CMP=share_btn_fb

- Andrew George, Lib Dems on Sunday politics South West (41 minutes 15 seconds):http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episod...

- Caroline Lucas on Channel 4 news: https://www.facebook.com/SouthDevonGreenParty/posts/1465353013538430?notif_t=like&notif_id=1492808220177781

- Call for Progressive Alliance in support of leader of the Women’s Equality party: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/apr/23/sophie-walker-shipley-election-2017-yorkshire-tory-philip-davies

- Viewpoint on why Labour Party voters should push for an alliance: https://labourlist.org/2017/04/neal-lawson-progressive-alliance-could-help-labour-take-30-tory-seats/

- Sunday Politics Molly Scott Cato (at 36 minutes 5 seconds): http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episod...

- Su Maddock, Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate for Torbay in 2015: https://sumaddocktorbay.wordpress.com/...

- Radio 4 Today Programme, Molly Scott Cato (at 2 hours 36 minutes 40 seconds): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08md6h8

- Green Party seeks pact with Labour in Plymouth and Totnes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-39652611

- BBC Spotlight on electoral alliances in Devon and Cornwall (at 7 minutes 50 seconds):http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episod...

- Call for co-operation in a handful of seats: http://www.brightonandhovenews.org/2017/04/20/greens-call-for-a-progressive-alliance-on-the-left-in-brighton-and-hove-and-beyond/