Green Party stands aside in Portsmouth South, in order to Unite to Remain

7 November 2019

The Green Party has come to an arrangement with Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats to field one candidate from a Remain party in selected seats in England and Wales for the upcoming election.

Liberal Democrat or Plaid Cymru candidates will stand aside for the Greens in 10 seats, including the Isle of Wight.

In return, Portsmouth Green Party candidate for Portsmouth South, Tim Sheerman-Chase, will be standing aside to support this arrangement, aimed at avoiding a deeply damaging Brexit, both to the country and to the climate, by maximising the chances of electing pro-Remain MPs.

Locally a visible benefit is that the Liberal Democrats are standing aside on the Isle of Wight, leaving Green Party Candidate Vix Lowthion as the clear remain choice and front-runner in opposing the sitting Conservative MP.

While we are standing aside in Portsmouth South, the Green Party will be standing a candidate in Portsmouth North, Lloyd Day.  Lloyd grew up in Cosham and for the last six years has lived in Hilsea.  He is a Specialist Paramedic, based in North Harbour but working all over the local area.

Portsmouth South candidate Tim Sheerman-Chase said “The situation in Portsmouth South means we are cooperating with other parties to avoid a devastating Brexit. This step is best for local people given the constraints of our outdated electoral system. I hope people can support campaigns in neighbouring constituencies, including Portsmouth North, Havant, and the Isle of Wight.”

The Green Party supports a People’s Vote to decide the future of Britain in the EU and will campaign to Remain.

As part of this agreement, The Green Party will be the only party fielding true remain candidates in Brighton Pavilion, Isle of Wight, Bristol West, Bury St Edmunds, Stroud, Dulwich and West Norwood, Exeter, Forest of Dean, Cannock Chase.

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