Cheryl Briggs, selected Green Party candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon.
As you may know, for the first time in over 30 years we’re not contesting the seat of Oxford West and Abingdon. However, we’ve not given up – far from it, we are contesting all the other parliamentary seats in Oxfordshire.
The Conservative Party looks set to return to government, aiming for a hard Brexit, cuts to schools and elderly care, and other policies that will hit ordinary people very hard.
We have the chance to defeat the Conservatives here. Layla Moran, the Liberal Democrat candidate, is a progressive who can win back the seat that they held until 2010. For this reason I agreed to step aside, after consulting local members.
We are sorry not to give voters the chance to Vote Green this time. But the Green Party feels that on this occasion the best way to advance Green values is to ask that voters back Layla Moran to be their next MP.