The Progressive Alliance has been spotted at work in Oxford: these two posters show Labour and Green supporters ‘lending’ their votes to the LibDems. They were spotted in Oxford West, where the Tory candidate Nicola Blackwood is facing concerted efforts from Corbynistas and Greens to help her LibDem opponent.
Even more cringe than those placards in Richmond…
We’ve updated the reality of the so-called “Progressive Alliance” on the ground. Our interactive infographic shows where the various flavours of big spending, high taxing, freedom crushing socialists are standing aside in an effort to cobble together the “coalition of chaos”.
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Clive Lewis, Vince Cable and the Green Party are launching the official “Progressive Alliance” tonight at an event with Paul Mason, Zoe Williams, someone from the Bernie Sanders campaign and the Spanish socialist group Podemos. They might be a roll call of cranks and MPs who’ll say and do anything to win their seats, but the Progressive Alliance has quietly agreed deals in at least 30 constituencies across the country. As you can see from Guido’s Map of Chaos, the Greens, LibDems and Labour are standing aside for each other all over the place.
Greens backing Labour: Copeland, Brentford and Isleworth, Eltham, Warrington South, Southampton Test, Ealing Central and Acton, Hastings and Rye, Ilford North, Oldham East and Saddleworth, Pudsey, York Central, Derby North, Carlisle, Workington,
LibDems backing Labour: Bury North (and secretly in Ealing)
Greens backing LibDems: Richmond Park, Twickenham, North Kingston, Brighton Kemptown, Lewes, Westmorland and Lonsdale, South West Surrey, Oxford West and Abingdon, Southport, Harrogate and Knaresborough, North Cornwall, St Austell and Newquay, St Ives
LibDems backing Greens: Brighton Pavilion, Skipton
Seems to Guido that the Greens are getting a pretty bad deal here. In exchange for helping Labour and the LibDems across the country, they are being helped in just two seats – and only one that they have a hope of winning. Naivety or selfishness from Caroline Lucas?
Clive Lewis’ embryonic leadership bid has been put on hold during the election campaign as he focuses on keeping his seat. Lewis has a 7,654 majority in Norwich South so is in the danger zone – the LibDems won there in 2010 and the Tories are targeting it hard. This is why, in defiance of Labour colleagues, Lewis is the headline speaker at the Progressive Alliance campaign launch on Monday. He will be joined by Vince Cable and Green leader Jonathan Bartley to talk about how to “stop the Tories”.
Lewis got 19,033 votes in Norwich South in 2015, the second place Tories got 11,379. 4,539 people voted UKIP, the rump of those votes will go Tory. 6,749 people voted Green and 6,607 voted LibDem – Lewis needs some of those votes or it becomes far too close for comfort. A well-placed Labour source says that Clive talking up the Progressive Alliance is a “red flag”, and that he has cancelled all leadership manoeuvring to focus solely on saving his seat…