York Green Party candidate steps aside to secure Remain vote The Green Party will not field a candidate in the York Outer constituency in the upcoming General Election as part of a series of electoral arrangements with the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru.
Lars Kramm is stepping aside to ensure that the Remain vote on 12 December is unified and that the Tory candidate Julian Sturdy is not successful in the constituency.
Lars Kramm said:
“With mixed feelings, I just informed our members that I will not be standing as the Green party candidate in the York Outer constituency for the upcoming General Election. Unfortunately as part of the national arrangements, York Outer is one of the handfuls of seats where the Green Party is asked to stand aside. The results from our local member consultation clearly showed that the overwhelming majority in both constituencies are in favour of an agreement if it both increases the likelihood of us getting more Green MPs elected across the country and reduces the number of leave supporting Tories likely to be elected.
I do believe that these arrangements are good for local people and good for the country. However, I also want to make clear that this does not mean we agree with Plaid Cymru or the Lib Dems on all issues or endorse their Manifestos!
This is the right thing to do for York and we all agree,
that York Outer needs a better MP than Julian Sturdy, one that helps to avoid a
deeply damaging Brexit and does not just follow Boris Johnson’s party line.
Greens are willing to work with other parties for the common good and locally,
we have already shown this and made the offer not to bid for the York Outer
seat in a general election – if the Liberal Democrats and Labour agree to throw
support behind a single candidate. The national arrangements direct us into
stepping aside anyway for the good of the country.
We can now concentrate on supporting Tom Franklin, our
candidate in York Central. York Central is a two-horse race between the Greens
and Labour with the benefit that there is no risk of letting a Tory or Brexit
Party candidate in. We saw spectacular results in the 2019 local election for
the wards in York Central clearly showing the Greens in second place, well
ahead of LibDems and Conservatives. Even better, in the European Elections
2019, Greens beat Labour citywide by nearly a 10-point margin. York still has
an excellent possibility to send a strong independent Green voice to
The Green Party had promising results in York Outer in
the last local elections and a good turnout and support in the suburbs and
villages around York during the European elections and were hoping to gain more
support and visibility during the General Election campaign.
Electoral arrangements have been made in a handful of
constituencies across England and Wales.