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Fresh calls for alliance between Labour, Liberal Democrats and Greens in wake of Conservative whitewash in KCC election

PUBLISHED: 14:06 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:17 08 May 2017

Stuart Jeffery of the Green Party

Stuart Jeffery of the Green Party

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Labour candidate for Chatham and Aylesford Vince Maple has already ruled out the possibility of the parties joining forces

The Green Party in Kent is again calling for a county-wide alliance with Labour and the Liberal Democrats to challenge the Conservatives in next month’s general election.

It comes after the Tories “annihilated” their opponents in last week’s county council election, winning 67 of the 81 seats available, with the Greens feeling a pact between the three is the only way to stop more blue domination.

Labour parliamentary candidate for Chatham and Aylesford Vince Maple has already ruled out such an alliance, insisting his party intends to fight every seat ahead of the vote on June 8.

However, with Labour’s representation on KCC decimated after losing eight seats, and the Lib Dems also failing to make any gains, the Greens, who successfully defended their one council seat in Hythe, want the parties to join forces over the coming weeks.

“With Labour and Lib Dems losing ground and the Tories polling at record levels we believe it is time to do politics differently which is why we have once again reached out across Kent,” said Kent Greens co-chair, Stuart Jeffery.

“The aim is simple, work together to field a single ‘progressive’ candidate in each Kent seat who is endorsed by all three parties.

“The candidates’ have two key promises, to fight for proportional representation and to stop an extreme Brexit.

“Sadly there have been no positive responses. As none of us are strong enough to win any of the seats in Kent on our own it is almost as if they want the status quo of traditional party divides to remain and ensure another five years of Conservative government.

“Not to even be prepared discuss the possibility of such an agreement is short sighted in the least. I hope voters will remember this.”

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