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Maximising the number of pro-European MPs

Not just Liberal Democrats but small “l” liberals in all political parties should welcome the opportunity the June General Election will provide for voters to make clear their priorities by voting for candidates committed to the fight for us to maintain a continued close relationship with Europe.

In this increasingly uncertain world, there is nothing more important than that.

Those candidates will not just be Liberal Democrats.

If we want to maximise the strength of the opposition to May’s “hard Brexit”, the Lib Dems should have the courage to concentrate their limited resources on their candidates in seats that we can win this time ,which means making hard decisions about not squandering time,energy and money in seats that we cannot.

If we want to make a reality of any version of a progressive alliance, the Liberal Democrats cannot expect Labour to stand aside in some seats (or decide to make only a token effort )unless we are also prepared to stand aside (or make only a token effort) in selected seats where a pro-European Labour candidate has a very much better chance.

It will go against the grain – but it must be done!

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  • User AvatarDuncan Brack 23rd Jan - 6:08pm
    John Peters - the paper is here, available with no need to log in: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/libdems/pages/43956/attachments/original/1564578852/139_-_Tackling_the_Climate_Emergency_web_171_.pdf?1564578852 All papers are generally accessible through the relevant pages on...
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 23rd Jan - 5:58pm
    Doug, as you say 'Sustained success is attained not through obsessing with winning in the short term, but focusing on a higher purpose'. Sadly Sustained...
  • User AvatarT 23rd Jan - 5:49pm
    Not sure I would describe a party that advocated for an all female cabinet as progressive,, maybe radical and to my mind wrong. I would...
  • User AvatarIan 23rd Jan - 5:47pm
    I am sorry, but this article is simply misguided. By our own party’s actions since 2010 we have done more than anyone to set back...
  • User AvatarDavid Warren 23rd Jan - 5:44pm
    @PaulBarker Absolutely!
  • User Avatarmarcstevens 23rd Jan - 5:33pm
    I am looking forward to a new Leader and hopefully a social liberal one.