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No Independent Group candidates in the May 2019 local elections

February 26, 2019 10:57 AM

Sir Vince Cable at a #peoplesvote march in 2017 (Photograph: Niklas Hallen/AFP/Getty Images) Chris BowersFollowing the news of eight defections from Labour and three from the Conservatives into the newly formed "Independent Group", Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable praised the disaffected MPs for making such a brave stand and welcomed the resultant political shake-up. He also reiterated that our party is always glad to work cooperatively with like-minded people in British politics, whether or not they are Lib Dem members.

But Wealden's Lib Dem parliamentary spokesperson Chris Bowers issued a timely reminder that we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves.

"Defecting from a political party is a massive step." he said. "We have to admire the courage of the MPs who have broken from what is effectively a lifelong second family, and be aware that they will have suffered severe abuse from erstwhile colleagues.

"But the Independent Group is not a political party, certainly not yet, it has no grass-roots structure, and as such it will not be fielding candidates in the upcoming local elections in May. That's why anyone wanting to show support for the stance taken by the defecting MPs in the district and town council elections in Wealden in May 2019 should vote Liberal Democrat, knowing that we are truly willing to work cross-party with like-minded activists."