Cambridgeshire Feb 1, 2017 20:51:57 GMT
Post by East Anglian Lefty on Feb 1, 2017 20:51:57 GMT
Come on, EAL, you are better than that! I made no such claim!
I'm well aware of the "progressive alliance" rumblings in Ely over the last year where it's been suggested by some activists especially in the local Green and LibDem parties that Labour, the LibDems and the Greens should have a local electoral pact, standing aside for the strongest of the three parties in each division in May. My understanding is that Labour was not really that keen, especially in Ely, and that you, EAL, were among the most critical of any move to stand down in favour of the LibDems in particular.
You claimed a deal had been done between UKIP and North East Cambs CLP. Such a deal, if it has happened (and I'm far from convinced), would not be relevant. The county party can and would impose a candidate.
Your information about the progressive alliance ramblings is something less than entirely correct. The keenest advocates of the idea aren't members of any party. It's hard to say what the stance of the local Greens is, because I'm unsure to what extent they have a formal structure, but at the one meeting I went to some of their activists didn't sound too keen. The Lib Dems turned up to a few meetings but radiated a distinct lack of enthusiasm and announced they wouldn't agree to a pact months ago. I think Labour were possibly the least openly hostile, though that may have been a sin of omission...
If you think I was one of the most critical Labour activists, you haven't met many of my branch committee.