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Straight fight between Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems

By Bridget Osborne

Straight fight between Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems 15 May 2017

The election nominations have been confirmed. In both Chiswick’s constituencies there are only three candidates standing: Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem. No independents, no UKIP candidates, no Greens. There’s a move amongst those who voted Remain to vote Labour in marginal seats (ie both Chiswick constituencies) so that even if Labour doesn’t win, there is a creditable opposition in parliament who can vote against a hard Brexit. In both Ealing Central & Acton and Brentford & Isleworth the Green Party has opted to join the ‘progressive alliance’ and have swung their support behind Labour.

Although the Lib Dems officially are not encouraging tactical voting to keep the Conservatives out in marginal seats, Sir Vince Cable was overheard saying he would ‘find it hard’ to vote against Labour’s Rupa Huq in Ealing Central & Acton, prompting an outraged response from the Lib Dem candidate Jon Ball. He told Get West London: “She (Dr Huq) does not have a chance of winning it because she nominated Jeremy Corbyn and he is hugely unpopular.” Joe Bourke, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Brentford & Isleworth says: “Jon Ball was absolutely right to contest the Ealing Central and Acton constituency for the Lib Dems. Our democratic system relies on voters being given a choice of parties. It makes a mockery of voters’ decisions when parties stand aside – as though your party’s voters belong tribally to your own party and should be directed to whichever party you wish. Standing aside as a candidate diminishes the democratic choice in that seat. Yes, you can encourage tactical voting – but that is an individual voting choice not something forced on voters by a candidate withdrawal. “Many Lib Dem voters consider Labour no better than the Tories. The most likely outcome of a Lib Dem candidate standing down in a constituency is a three way split between not voting at all, voting conservative or voting Labour.”

Ealing West & Acton candidates:
Labour – Rupa Huq
Conservative – Joy Morrissey
Lib Dem – Jon Ball

Brentford & Isleworth candidates:
Labour – Ruth Cadbury
Conservative – Mary Macleod
Lib Dem – Joe Bourke