Informal Localised Lib-Lab Pact is a Dry Run for General Election
There are clearly tactical Lib-Lab stand downs going on around the country. Tory chairman Oliver Dowden claims that in the South West, Labour are standing candidates in 61% of seats compared to 97% in 2018. In the South East, Labour are standing candidates in 88% of seats compared to 99% in 2018. In the North East, the LibDems are standing in just 56% of seats, down from 78% four years ago. Labour is standing in 99% of seats in the area. “These shifts”, claims Dowden, “are far too substantial to be a mere coincidence”. In response Starmer says “There is no pact, everybody knows there is no pact.” Well, not everybody:
This LibDem organiser gives the game away. Labour-supporting Neal Lawson and Clive Lewis have been arguing for years that an unfair ‘First Past the Post’ system splits the ‘progressive vote’ and prevents the ‘progressive majority’ from winning.
It stands to reason that left-of-centre votes will be ‘split’, given on average two candidates from Labour, the LibDems or the Greens are running against just one right-of-centre candidate in England, new research has revealed.
According to the research from Electoral Reform Society front-group “Politics for the Many“, in 43.8% of wards, there is one Tory standing candidates against all three of the progressive ‘left’ parties. In 35.5% of wards where there is one ‘right’ party there are two ‘left’ parties (either Labour, the Lib Dems or the Greens). According to their research, in almost 3,000 council seats up for grabs, there are only 15 wards in the whole of England where there are more right parties standing than left parties.
Labour and LibDem strategists know this; they are looking on these locals as a trust-building exercise and a dry run for the general election…