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Statement: Unte to Remain

November 7, 2019 10:43 AM

Following the announcement regarding the national cross-party Remain Alliance agreement, I can confirm that the Liberal Democrats will not be contesting Exeter at the forthcoming General Election on Thursday 12th December.

As the Liberal Democrat candidate for Exeter I appreciate how difficult a decision this was for my local party, and I would like to thank them for their support at this difficult time as we were well advanced in our General Election planning.

When asked whether I would be willing to stand aside, for this time only, to increase the chance of remain-supporting candidates in Devon and beyond defeating Brexit supporting candidates, there was no doubt in my mind that this is the right thing to do.

We have put the country before party and before my personal ambition.

Our country is at a crossroads, not only with regards to Brexit but with what kind of country we want to be. With the extremes of left and right moving into the mainstream, it is vital that those with moderate, liberal values unite to put the country first and that is what I have done.

Although the Liberal Democrats won't be on the ballot paper at the next General Election in Exeter, we will not stop our campaigning to ensure the voices of the people of Exeter are heard loudly and clearly. We will be campaigning across the city to deliver a more balanced City Council next May.

For too long the residents of Exeter have been taken for granted and my colleagues and I will continue to fight to build a community that is safe, green and outward-looking. A community where there is dignity and equality for all.

We will fight for a better Exeter and a better country and my ambition to achieve this is unwavering. I intend to continue campaigning in Exeter for those liberal values that I believe are so important to stand up for in today's society.

Throughout the General Election campaign, I look forward to campaigning for fellow Liberal Democrats across Devon and Cornwall and ensuring we stop Brexit and build the brighter future we all deserve. I hope you will join me as we support our hard-working candidates deliver a blow to the Tories across our region.