In the light of the disastrous local election results in Kent for both Labour and the Lib Dems, Kent Greens have reached out to all constituencies in Kent for urgent talks on a Kent wide alliance to win parliamentary seats next month.
Labour lost 8 of its 13 seats while the Lib Dems failed to make any gains in Kent. Both Labour and Lib Dems had significant losses nationally, while the Greens made steady gains.
Stuart Jeffery, Co-Chair of Kent Greens: “With Labour and Lib Dems losing ground and the Tories polling at record levels we believe it is time to do politics differently which is why we have once again reached out across Kent.
“The aim is simple, work together to field a single ‘progressive’ candidate in each Kent seat who is endorsed by all three parties. The candidates’ have two key promises, to fight for proportional representation and to stop an extreme Brexit.
“Sadly there have been no positive responses. As none of us are strong enough to win any of the seats in Kent on our own it is almost as if they want the status quo of traditional party divides to remain and ensure another five years of Conservative government. Not to even be prepared discuss the possibility of such an agreement is short sighted in the least. I hope voters will remember this.”
Email to Labour and Lib Dems in Kent constituencies on 6th May:
To Labour and Lib Dem contacts across Kent,
Nationally The Green Party have reached out to Labour and the Lib Dems to call for a progressive alliance to defeat the Tories, and at at a national level your parties have rejected this idea. Locally we have also reached out in some areas of Kent, but we have not been able to come to any meaningful agreements - although in other parts of the country grassroots agreements have been successfully reached.
The local election results have demonstrated how difficult it remains to beat the Tories while we continue to compete against one another.
Despite this being the 11th hour, we are not prepared to face another 5 years of Tory rule without one final call to bring Labour and the Liberal Democrats to the negotiating table.
Our proposal is simple - to stand independent candidates on a 'progressive' ticket with two key promises: to fight for proportional representation and to stop Brexit. We believe there is a good chance we can defeat the Tories in some Kent constituencies if all three of our parties formally back those candidates.
We live in hope that the critical situation we find ourselves in today is enough to demonstrate that continuing with tribal politics can only lead to defeat for all of us next month.
As we have only a few days before the close of nomination, we urge you to act now and talk to us.
Stuart Jeffery and Mandy Rossi
Co-Chairs of of the Confederation of Kent Green Parties