Andrew Prosser, Green Party candidate for Witney, steps aside to secure Remain vote

The Green Party will not field a candidate in Witney in the upcoming General Election as part of a series of electoral arrangements with the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru. 

The Green Party will not field a candidate in Witney in the upcoming General Election as part of a series of electoral arrangements with the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru. 

Andrew_Prosser_headshot.jpegAndrew Prosser is stepping aside to ensure that the Remain vote on 12 December is unified against a Brexit-supporting Tory candidate in the constituency.

Andrew Prosser said:

“Brexit would be deeply damaging to this country. Cooperation with our closest neighbours and friends is essential to our peace and security, and the wellbeing of our citizens. Acting together through the EU also provides the best chance of addressing the global climate emergency. I firmly believe we have a right to a final say on Brexit; to turn around and rejoin our neighbours, rather than turning our backs. 

“Greens are willing to work with other parties for the common good. I believe this is the right thing to do for local people. I would also encourage people to find their nearest Green candidate, outside of Witney, and support their campaign to get more Green MPs elected to Parliament (via Green Party website greenparty.org.uk).”

Electoral arrangements have been made in 60 constituencies across England and Wales, including some in which the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru are standing aside in favour of the Green Party candidate.

 

Notes

Andrew Prosser is a Witney Town Councillor, and will be standing for the Green Party in the 2020 District Council elections. He is also Vice Chair of the Oxford European Association.

 


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  • Rosie Pearson
    commented 2019-11-11 20:41:51 +0000
    These are really valid concerns.
    In reply:
    1) The agreement with the Liberal Democrats means that they are standing down in constituencies which can actually be won by Green candidates. This includes Caroline Lucas’s Brighton constituency, as well a the Isle of Wight and Bristol West, where there is a real chance that Green MPs can be returned, in order to press for the climate emergency to be addressed.

    2) Labour was invited to be part of the Unite to Remain agreement, but they declined. They would not stand down anywhere in order to help us elect Green MPs.

    3) Agreed, but see above.

    A ballot was held of all Green Party members in West Oxfordshire, and there was an overwhelming majority in favour of agreeing to Andrew standing down on this occasion. We are of course all uneasy with this arrangement, but in our unfair, first-past-the-post system, it looks like the best way of getting Green MPs into power, and may also unseat Robert Courts.

    This is not an alliance or a pact. The Green Party has not changed its policies or its principles, and will continue to fight for them.

    West Oxfordshire Green Party
  • Andy Egan
    commented 2019-11-10 22:37:52 +0000
    This is a terrible decision:
    1. How can the Green Party claim this is the climate election and not give its supporters the opportunity to vote Green and especially lots of young people who will be able to vote for the first time?
    2. Labour has come 2nd in the last two General Elections in Witney, so it should be the Lib Dems standing aside
    3. Labour’s polices on the environment and climate are much more closely aligned to the Green Party than the Lib Dems e.g. target date for a zero carbon economy
    4. The Lib Dems oppose a final say on Brexit and are also ruling out supporting Labour to form a government, which is the only realistic hope of both getting the Tories out and getting a second referendum
    5. Jo Swinson has a very dubious pro-austerity, pro-privatisation, pro-fracking record
    6. I would always vote Green based on my values (and would therefore never vote tactically for Lib Dem and their dodgy band of turncoats and opportunists)
    So I will be voting Labour in Witney

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