Our decision to support independent candidate Dominic Grieve
The local party have decided to support Dominic Grieve as an independent candidate in any General election before Brexit is finalised. It is not a decision that the local executive have taken lightly and has been the subject of much understandable soul searching by many. Not least our new parliamentary candidate Rob Castell. We see this as the best chance to avoid a no deal Brexit and gain a Peoples vote.
These are challenging times for democracy. The political discourse is becoming toxic, our country is becoming polarised. So, if we are to succeed in giving the British people the final choice, we believe we need to put country and the people before our Party.
Diane Holden, Lib Dem and People's Vote team leader in South bucks said "Dominic is a long-standing supporter of a People's Vote as the rational way to end the Brexit stalemate. It is important that he is able to continue work with colleagues across the House of Commons to help bring this about."
Carol Linton, our Chair, said that we should be campaigning for Dominic Grieve as an independent candidate in any imminent general election as it's the right thing to do for the country. "We have to stop any possibility of crashing out of the EU, unnecessarily weakening our position on the world stage and in future trade deals and risking the breakup of the UK. The electorate must be given an opportunity to choose between a. No deal on WTO terms, b. a leave deal that binds us to EU rules with no say in them and c. remaining - to work within the EU to reform and improve the European community."
And a final word from our recently selected Lib Dem parliamentary candidate, Rob Castell "I came into politics to do what I feel is right, not to advance my career, and I'm not about to stand in the way of one of the most distinguished and well respected advocates of a Peoples Vote at a time like this when he is fighting against the ugly headwinds of nationalism coming from within his former party'. I do however feel really energised about developing our local party and working hard in this constituency for the future. We have much to do."
Yes, in politics its often easy to shout and walk away, but as Liberals we want to see the people get the opportunity to decide on the known facts of leaving versus remaining.
We do hope that the local party members will continue to help us to stop Brexit and defeat Boris and his lack of faith in the British people to decide their future.
This is likely to be an interesting General election from which we can learn and prepare for the future. Please get in touch if you would like to be involved.