Remain parties would ‘cooperate again’ to take seats in General Election after byelection win
Plaid Cymru, the Greens and the Liberal Democrats are ‘committed’ to cooperating again to deny the Conservatives and Brexit Party seats if a General Election was called.
Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price said that the result in the Brecon and Radnorshire byelection, where the Liberal Democrat candidate Jane Dodds narrowly won with 43.5% of the vote, showed the alliance had worked.
“If the prime minister is intent on a general election, he should know that Plaid Cymru and the other pro-Remain parties are committed to cooperating so that we beat Brexit once and for all,” he said.
Both Plaid Cymru and the Greens had decided to step aside in a seat where they had little hope of success, in the hope that their supporters would put the Liberal Democrats over the line in the previously Conservative seat.
Despite the Brexit Supporting parties having 3,000 votes more than the Remain alliance, the Lib Dems triumphed under the First Past the Post system.
The result has left new Prime Minister Boris Johnson with a Commons working majority of just one.
Ms Dodds, who is the Welsh Liberal Democrat leader, said: “My very first act as your new MP when I get to Westminster will be to find Mr Boris Johnson, wherever he’s hiding, and tell him to stop playing with the future of our community and rule out a no-deal Brexit”.
The final result was:
- Lib Dem: 43.5% (+14.3)
- Conservative: 39.0% (-9.6)
- Brexit Party: 10.5% (+10.5)
- Labour: 5.3% (-12.5)
- Monster Raving Loony Party: 1.0% (+1.0)
- UKIP: 0.8% (-0.6)
Adam Price said the result justified Plaid Cymru’s decision not to stand in the seat.
“In these deeply serious times, we need grown-up politics that puts country before party,” he said.
“The single most important thing in this by-election was to put party politics aside, and deliver a pro-Remain MP for Brecon and Radnorshire.
“That is why Plaid Cymru decided not to stand a candidate in this by-election – because we believed that to be the right thing to do in the national interest.
“I am proud that the leadership shown by Plaid Cymru in creating a spirit of cooperation between pro-Remain parties has led to the election of Jane Dodds as the new MP for Brecon and Radnorshire.
“The people of Brecon and Radnorshire have spoken. It’s now time that people throughout these islands are heard, too, in a Final Say referendum.”