“It is ironic that Unite to Remain, founded by Heidi Allen when she was an Independent MP, has become a three-way deal between the Liberal Democrats, Greens and Plaid Cymru, excluding the only grassroots pro-remain independent with a chance of winning: Claire Wright in East Devon.
Claire won more than 21,000 votes (35%) in 2017 to the Tories’ 29,000, while the Lib Dems gained less than 1,500. Independents also won by far the largest share of votes and seats in this year’s council elections.
Can I appeal to the Liberal Democrats, who are admirably standing down for other independents like Dominic Grieve, to consider withdrawing their candidate so as to help East Devon get a pro-European MP?
Independent county councillor, Devon’
Owl says: Vote Lib Dem or Labour in East Devon – get Tory.
And in this weekend’s i newspaper:
“Ironically, perhaps the most likely independent to win has never been an MP at all. Clare Wright is challenging the Tories in East Devon after coming second in each of the last two elections. An anti-austerity campaigner and councillor, she said recently: “It is a real strength to be an independent.” Five weeks from now, the candidates will know whether or not that’s true.”