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Remain pact agreed for Mid Wales seats

By Dominic Robertson | Mid Wales | Politics | Published:

The Liberal Democrats will not be challenged by Plaid Cymru or the Green Party in two Mid Wales seats after the parties agreed a 'remain pact'.

Jo Swinson: "This is a significant moment for all people who want to support remain candidates across the country."

The 'Unite to Remain' agreement between the three parties covers 60 constituencies, including both Montgomeryshire and Brecon and Radnorshire, both traditionally strong areas for the Lib Dems.

Despite the Lib Dems' historical success in Montgomeryshire, the constituency has been held by the Conservatives since 2010, when Glyn Davies won the seat for the party for the first time since 1979.

Prior to Mr Davies's victory the seat had been a Liberal Democrat stronghold.

The Brecon seat is currently held by the Liberal Democrats, after Conservative Chris Davies lost a by-election earlier this year following a recall petition sparked by him pleading guilty to making a false expenses claim.

It was also previously a strong Liberal Democrat constituency, with the party holding the seat from 1997 to 2015.

The details of the pact mean that the Lib Dems will stand in 43 constituencies, the Greens will stand in 10 and Plaid Cymru will stand in seven.

The pact follows a similar deal earlier this year in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election.

On that occasion Plaid Cymru and the Greens agreed not to put forward a candidate and instead gave way to Mrs Dodds.

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'Unprecedented'

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson said: "We are delighted that an agreement has been reached. This is a significant moment for all people who want to support remain candidates across the country."

Unite to Remain chairwoman Heidi Allen said it was about working together for the country.

She said: "People want their remain voices heard."

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She said the deal is "unprecedented" and declared that people are "absolutely loving" seeing parties "being grown up".

Ms Allen said there are three core issues which the parties share views on – a second EU referendum, proportional representation and climate change.

"Secretly, I'm quite excited. I hope that if this is successful they'll look back and go 'Do you know what guys? That worked pretty well. Shall we try that again?'

She added: "I thought when I got into Parliament as an MP, that not on everything, but on big issues that would really affect the country's future, Parliament would work together, that the Government would reach out to the opposition.

"And they just haven't done that at all. We've had two massive failures of leadership from the Conservative Party and from Labour."

Ms Allen said the Lib Dems, the Greens and Plaid are saying: "You know what? Enough. Somebody has to step up and offer proper leadership on Brexit."

She said the election will be about Brexit and there is an opportunity to change the course that the country is currently on.

Full breakdown of seats where Remain parties are standing aside

Here is a full breakdown of the 60 seats covered by the election pact between the Liberal Democrats, Greens and Plaid Cymru.

– Seats in England where the Greens are standing aside for the Liberal Democrats

Of these 40 seats, 30 were won by the Conservatives at the 2017 general election. Five are Lib Dem defences.

The name in brackets is the party that won the seat in 2017. The percentage is the size of the swing needed for the seat to change hands, based on the 2017 result.

Bath (Lib Dems): n/a
Bermondsey & Old Southwark (Lab): 11.08%
Buckingham (Speaker): n/a
Cambridgeshire South (Con): 16.58%
Cambridgeshire South East (Con): 17.18%
Cheadle (Con): 4.13%
Chelmsford (Con): 20.76%
Chelsea & Fulham (Con): 20.83%
Cheltenham (Con): 2.25%
Chippenham (Con): 14.55%
Cornwall North (Con): 7.07%
Esher & Walton (Con): 20.64%
Finchley and & Golders Green (Con): 20.17%
Guildford (Con): 15.35%
Harrogate & Knaresborough (Con): 16.01%
Hazel Grove (Con): 6.25%
Hitchin & Harpenden (Con): 21.22%
Norfolk North (Lib Dems): n/a
Oxford West & Abingdon (Lib Dems): n/a
Penistone & Stocksbridge (Lab): 20.85%
Portsmouth South (Lab): 11.88%
Richmond Park (Con): 0.04%
Romsey & Southampton North (Con): 17.95%
Rushcliffe (Con): 23.55%
Surrey South West (Con): 22.93%
Southport (Con): 6.13%
Taunton Deane (Con): 12.60%
Thornbury & Yate (Con): 11.91%
Totnes (Con): 20.40%
Tunbridge Wells (Con): 23.52%
Twickenham (Lib Dems): n/a
Wantage (Con): 19.83%
Warrington South (Lab): 21.50%
Watford (Con): 18.25%
Wells (Con): 6.23%
Westmorland & Lonsdale (Lib Dems): n/a
Wimbledon (Con): 15.99%
Winchester (Con): 8.75%
Witney (Con): 17.55%
York Outer (Con): 20.41%

POLITICS Election Pact Seats
(PA graphic)

– Seats in England where the Liberal Democrats are standing aside for the Greens

There are nine seats, including the one constituency the Greens will be defending at the election.

Brighton Pavilion (Green): n/a
Bristol West (Lab): 26.53%
Bury St Edmunds (Con): 27.51%
Cannock Chase (Con): 26.64%
Dulwich & West Norwood (Lab): 33.56%
Exeter (Lab): 30.05%
Forest of Dean (Con): 25.94%
Isle of Wight (Con): 16.97%
Stroud (Lab): 22.39%

POLITICS Election Pact Seats
(PA graphic)

– Seats in Wales where the Liberal Democrats and Greens are standing aside for Plaid Cymru

Seven constituencies in Wales will see Plaid Cymru given a clear run by the Lib Dems and Greens. Three of them are seats won by Plaid at the 2017 election. The rest are being defended by Labour.

Arfon (Plaid Cymru): n/a
Caerphilly (Lab): 20.01%
Carmarthen East & Dinefwr (Plaid Cymru): n/a
Dwyfor Meirionnydd (Plaid Cymru): n/a
Llanelli (Lab): 17.62%
Pontypridd (Lab): 22.56%
Ynys Mon (Lab): 7.23%

– Seats in Wales where the Greens and Plaid Cymru are standing aside for the Liberal Democrats

There are three of these seats. One is Brecon & Radnorshire, which the Lib Dems won from the Conservatives in a by-election in August 2019.

The other two are:
Cardiff Central (Lab): 24.50%
Montgomeryshire (Con): 13.31%

– Seats in Wales where the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru are standing aside for the Greens

There is just one of these seats: Vale of Glamorgan, won by the Conservatives in 2017. The Greens would take the seat on a swing of 23.35%.

POLITICS Election Pact Seats
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