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Local candidates receive pro-EU endorsement

April 10, 2018 9:10 AM
By Southampton Liberal Democrats

A number of Southampton Liberal Democrat candidates have been endorsed by pro-EU campaigning organisation @48PercentPlus as the official anti-Brexit tactical vote (#ABTV) candidate.

Portswood candidate Adrian Ford said of his endorsement:

"I'm pleased and proud to have been endorsed by @48PercentPlus. The stance the Liberal Democrats have taken over Brexit is the right one - Southampton and the rest of the UK are already feeling the negative effects of Brexit, and we haven't even left the European Union yet.

"I believe that we, the people, should be given a vote on whether to accept whatever deal Theresa May manages to strike with our EU partners, or to cancel Brexit altogether."

Peter Galton, candidate for Shirley, remarked:

"My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I, alongside supporters of other political parties and none, campaigned on the positive case to remain a member of the EU, and to continue receiving all the benefits that provided. The vote didn't go our way in 2016, but that hasn't stopped us from continuing to make the case that the UK is stronger, safer, and better-off as a member of the European Union.

"Now that Labour and the Conservatives are toeing the UKIP line on Brexit, many Remain voters that previously supported those parties are considering their options. I hope this anti-Brexit tactical vote (#ABTV) endorsement will help me persuade some of those people to lend me their vote on May 3rd."

Freemantle candidate Alexander Clifton-Melhuish comments:

"I am unashamedly supportive of staying in the EU and believe we need all the facts to make a decision about whether to proceed with Brexit.

"I'm standing against the Tory group leader on Southampton City Council, who through his support of Brexit is failing to represent the best interests of our city, and the interests of over 2,000 EU nationals living in Freemantle ward."

James Read, candidate for Bitterne Park, adds:

"The campaign to retain our membership of the European Union is not over. Voters have the chance on May 3rd to reject the Conservative and Labour vision for Brexit, and instead support their local pro-EU Liberal Democrat candidate."

Other pro-EU Liberal Democrat candidates endorsed by @48PercentPlus include Richard Blackman (Bassett), Simon Stokes (Redbridge), and Paul Clarke (Swaythling).