14 November 2019
Greens are putting up candidates in 8 constituencies across Surrey in the General Election on December 12th 2019. Three Green candidates - in South West Surrey, Guildford and Esher and Walton - have stood down to promote a Remain candidate from another party.
Vicki Elcoate, coordinator of the Surrey Federation of Green Parties, said: "I'm delighted that we have a strong team of Green candidates standing in Surrey. We will challenge the Tories on the important issues of the day, like their failure to take urgent action needed on climate change. We are campaigning for a people's vote over Brexit and a strong set of social policies which benefit everyone, not just the richest. Surrey has 11 incumbent Tory MPs, some of whom are failing to represent the interests of local residents in Parliament and are slacking on the job. It's time for a wake up call".
The three stand downs are part of a national Unite to Remain agreement between the Greens, the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru.
Mark Bray-Parry who stood down in the Guildford Constituency said:
“It is a consequence of an outdated electoral system that I have to announce that I will be stepping aside in Guildford as part of the Unite to Remain electoral arrangement. To do so has been very difficult as I care deeply for Guildford and believe that The Green Party's focus on climate change is essential if we are to mitigate the largest consequences of climate change.
However, while I think this should be the 'Climate Change Election' rather than the 'Brexit Election', I realise that the radical action needed on climate change is best achieved through membership of the European Union.
Residents have now got a choice between a Remain candidate and a series of Leave or undecided candidates and they can make a decision between those options."
Laura Harmour, who stood down in Esher and Walton, said: “The Green Party is always willing to work with other parties for the common good. Brexit will be deeply damaging, and it is important to do the right thing for local people.” Laura is a staunch defender of the Green Belt, wildlife and animal welfare.