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Cardiff North Lib Dem candidate endorses tactical vote for Labour rival

11 Dec 2019 2 minute read
Anna McMorrin, Labour MP for Cardiff North. Picture by the House of Commons. (CC BY 3.0)

The Liberal Democrat candidate in one of Wales’ key battleground seats has endorsed a tactical vote for his Labour rival Anna McMorrin.

Cardiff North is a Labour and Conservative marginal with two different YouGov polls this week projecting a win for either party.

Cardiff North Lib Dem candidate and Gabalfa Councillor Rhys Taylor said that he would back those voting tactically to keep the Conservatives out.

“You have a decision to make in Cardiff North tomorrow,” he said.

“I’m standing to give voters dismayed by the big two a chance to vote Liberal Democrat. But if you want to deny Johnson and the Conservatives a majority vote tactical not tribal.”


‘Not easy’

He has become the second Liberal Democrat candidate to endorse a tactical vote for a Labour rival today after Brendan Devlin in Stockton South did the same.

Cardiff North was won by Labour’s Anna McMorrin by 8% in 2017 after being a Tory seat since 2010.

She responded to Rhys Taylor’s call, saying: “This is not an easy thing to do. Thanks so much to Rhys Taylor for putting the country first and urging people to vote tactically for me to beat the Tories in Cardiff North.”

The Conservative candidate is Mo Ali. A YouGov MRP poll published last night suggested that Anna McMorrin was on course to win the seat. However, a Welsh Barometer YouGov poll published on Monday projected that the Conservatives would have a sufficient national swing in their favour to take Cardiff North.


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4 years ago

Interesting. Apart from a few leaflets shoved through letterboxes there’s been no canvassing as such across large parts of the ward, from any of the candidates or their teams. Indeed the only evidence on the ground that there might be an election going on is a few boards. Most of these have Anna McMorrin’s name on them and a much smaller number are for the Lib Dems. On that basis you might be forgiven for thinking that it had been a two-horse race, which now it seems is down to one.

Ernie The Smallholder
Ernie The Smallholder
4 years ago

The First past the post electoral system is failing democracy and needs to be replaced by the Single transferable vote form of proportional representation.
Why should anyone be expected to vote ‘for the less of evils’ when your 1st choice be for the party/candidate you most want to be elected, and then ordered down as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, nth choice.
FPTP gives you an non-conclusive vote as more voters could have actually voted against the winning candidate.
STV is proportional.

4 years ago

Will Anna McMorrin/Labour return the favour and encourage a tactical vote for Labour supporters in seats like Brecon?

I hope so but I doubt it.

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
4 years ago
Reply to  Paul

LibDems soon forgot that Plaid might have an interest. Shallow bunch probably chasing a marriage of convenience with Corbyn in a hung parliament.

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