ELECTION: Green Party stands aside in Chelmsford as part of pact with Lib Dems

Liberal Democrat general election candidate for Chelmsford Marie Goldman has been buoyed by a Unite To Remain pact between three parties.

The Green Party has agreed to step aside for the Liberal Democrats in the Chelmsford constituency.

As part of Unite to Remain, the Liberal Democrats have made an arrangement with The Green Party and Plaid Cymru to step aside for pro-remain candidates in 60 seats across England and Wales.

Across the country the Liberal Democrats will stand aside in 13 constituencies so that there is a clear pro-Remain candidate. In turn, in 43 constituencies other parties will stand aside for a Liberal Democrat candidate.

Welcoming the announcement, Liberal Democrat candidate for Chelmsford Marie Goldman said: “This is an exciting day for all those in Chelmsford who are committed to stopping Brexit.

“I am thankful to the local Green Party for helping us reach this historic agreement.

“It is clear that the Liberal Democrats are the strongest party of remain in Chelmsford, as well as hundreds of other seats across the country.

“A vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Brexit, so that we can invest the £50 billion Remain bonuses in our public services and build a brighter future.”

Chelmsford is one of the most marginal leave areas in Essex – just 52.8 per cent voted to leave in 2016.

The Lib Dems took the council from the Tories during the local election earlier this year.

But it still is believed to be a huge task for either the Lib Dems – who came third with just 7,000 votes in the 2017 general election behind Labour who got 17,000 – to take the seat away from the Tories, who were voted in with more than 30,000 votes

The Greens won 821 votes in 2017.

Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter