Ed Davey talks Chesham and Amersham and progressive alliances on Sunday media

Ed Davey did the Sunday morning media round today. He did look a tiny bit smug, but he’s allowed to given Sarah Green’s spectacular win in Chesham and Amersham, declared in the early hours of Friday morning.

First he appeared on Sky’s Trevor Phillips on Sunday:

And then we went on Marr:

However, he did not endorse any sort of progressive alliance.

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  • Brad Barrows 20th Jun '21 - 4:37pm

    The time to create a Progressive Alliance is after the next election if no party wins an overall majority. In that situation, the Liberal Democrats should work with Labour and the SNP to ensure that the Conservatives are ejected from power. It does not require a formal coalition to be agreed, but it may require some sort of Confidence and Supply or ‘understanding’ to be agreed. However there can be no repeat of the 2010-2015 disaster when the Liberal Democrats decided to work with the Conservatives in Government.

  • Paul Barker 20th Jun '21 - 5:53pm

    I dont believe any sort of Alliance with Labour is on the cards now but the time to talk about what we do in the event of a “Hung Parliament” is at least 2 Years before any possible Election – that means now.
    We should be talking to possible Partners now, honestly – so that when we act no-one feels betrayed.
    One of the reasons we got into The Coalition Trap was precisely that we hadnt talked about the posibilities in advance.

    Obviously we dont need to talk to The Tories this time because there is absolutely nothing that we could agree on but lets not kid ourselves that a Deal with Labour would be any less damaging.

  • Peter Davies 20th Jun '21 - 6:15pm

    If you look at the results in Chesham & Amersham and Hartlepool, one thing is obvious. You don’t need a pact between Lib Dems and Labour to make people vote for their second favourite party if it looks like it can beat the Tories. You just need a lot of hard work. A second observation you might take from the two elections is that the Lib Dem tactical vote is far less use to Labour than theirs is to the Lib Dems. That’s why a pact won’t happen.

  • George Thomas 20th Jun '21 - 7:24pm

    I’m slowly turning off the idea of a formal alliance but C&H was won by a strong candidate, lots of LD’s active on the ground and the local Labour team recognising that they were competing for third place at best. Without the backing of Tory billionaires, most parties aren’t big enough to really compete in every seat so while a candidate should be stood everywhere support should be focused on backing the best local candidates only so we get the best voices in Westminster and can see what happens from there.

  • John Marriott 20th Jun '21 - 7:56pm

    You won’t get many olive branches from Labour. It’s in their DNA never to take a backward step. If reality finally gets to them and they do start to soften, the sign might be when they start talking about “Liberal Democrats” rather than just “Liberals”; but don’t hold your breath. In the meantime, we shall have to make do with the kind advice of our resident socialist ‘manqué’, Mr Peter Martin, and rely on the ability of voters to work out who came second last time.

  • John Shoesmith 21st Jun '21 - 10:24am

    This is a first past the post electoral system, which rewards big parties and punishes little ones. Leave voters have united behind Boris Johnson and taken 100% of the power with 44% of the votes. By competing with each other the three main opposition parties are making democracy look foolish. Their voters are under-represented. If by some miracle they get a majority between them they will horse-trade some form of back-room deal to produce who knows what policies. We can do better than that, indeed we have a patriotic duty to do so before the next general election.

  • Russell Simpson 21st Jun '21 - 12:32pm

    It would be nice to think that Labour would support electoral reform because they think it’s the right thing to do. I’m not holding my breath! However, given most Labour members support PR (and it will be prominent in conference this year) Starmer really cannot avoid it. If Labour/Libdem/Green/PC/SNP had PR in their election manifestos there is no need for a referendum if they have over 50% of seats and votes. On the basis that the following GE would be using a PR system, although no formal agreement is required. Libdems would then spend 99% of their budget on the 50 seats they could win. If Labour fought in those 50 seats then it really would be shame on Labour!

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