UK 2017: Green Party won’t stand in Ealing constituency

Here is something we do not see in First-Past-the-Post elections* as much as the Duvergerianists seem to think we should: one party agreeing not to have a candidate in order to avoid vote-splitting in a district.

The Green Party has pulled out of a crucial election seat in a bid to help the Labour Party beat the Tories – the first tactical withdrawal of its kind ahead of the general election.

The decision is expected to allow more votes to go to Labour MP Rupa Huq, who beat the Conservatives with a majority of just 274 votes in 2015, when no other party managed to attract more than seven per cent of the vote.

Green Party members in Ealing — where the party won 1,841 votes in the 2015 election — voted not to field a candidate last week, after Ms Huq promised to campaign for voting reform and the environment.

* Except in India!


10 thoughts on “UK 2017: Green Party won’t stand in Ealing constituency

  1. At what point does anecdotal evidence of (in)formal stand downs and alliances become actual evidence of a grassroots movement? But, more to the point, how much more of this is needed to create a real effect on the Tories? They are only polling in the low 40s, I believe, so they can be beaten. But (un)officlal agreements and alliances would probably be needed in hundreds of constituencies.

    How long before somone in the Conservative camp calls these things undemocratic?

    The joys of FPTP….

    • Or start calling for criminal laws penalising vote-swapping websites, or “recruiting a person to stand as a candidate with the intention of splitting the vote”, and other such horrors that the Posties in other jurisdictions have resorted to.
      Okay, Tasmania has a ban on handing out how-to-vote cards near polling booths on election day, but that regulates rather than prohibits the exercise of the basic democratic right to vote as directed by party leaders and not make one’s own mind up about the candidates.

      • Actually, the Conservatives are doing quite a bit better than that in the polls. According to wikipedia all but one of this month’s polls has had them on 46-49%.

    • Unless there is a really large shift in voter preferences (or a very large polling error), this will be the most “two party” UK election in some time. And yet it will not actually be competitive between the top two.

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