Press Release, 6th May
At a packed meeting in Farncombe today, 6th May 2017, organised by SW Surrey Compass group it was overwhelmingly agreed that there should be one progressive alliance candidate for SW Surrey in the coming general election, in order to have the best chance of unseating Jeremy Hunt. The meeting was attended by people from the 4 progressive parties: Liberal Democrats, Labour Party, Greens and National Health Action Party, as well as many non party aligned people.
The meeting overwhelming supported Dr Louise Irvine of the National Health Action Party to be the candidate.
The Green Party has declared they would stand down in favour of Louise as a progressive alliance candidate. Local Labour Party members and several Liberal Democrat members have said they will campaign for Louise as part of that alliance. It is now hoped that the Liberal Democat and Labour Parties nationally will agree to withdraw their candidates so there is just one candidate.
The local SW Surrey Labour Party has already been in the news over this issue:
Press Release, 8th May
SW Surrey Progressive Alliance - Dr Louise Irvine set to follow in Dr Richard Taylor's footsteps
Dr Louise Irvine hopes to follow in the footsteps of her party's co-founder, Dr Richard Taylor on June 8 with the help of an extraordinary cross party alliance in SW Surrey. Dr Irvine stood in the constituency at the general election 2015 to challenge Jeremy Hunt on the government's appalling record on the NHS. Although she had never stood before she won hearts and minds and saved her deposit.
Two years on, in a packed room in Farncombe on Saturday, 6 May 2017, in a meeting organised by SW Surrey Compass it was overwhelmingly agreed that there should be one progressive alliance candidate for SW Surrey in the coming general election, in order to have the best chance of unseating Jeremy Hunt.
The meeting was attended by people from the 4 progressive parties: Liberal Democrats, Labour Party, Green Party and National Health Action Party, as well as many non-party aligned people. The government record on the NHS and other public services is now so shocking it has brought these groups together in a strong alliance.
The meeting overwhelming voted Dr Louise Irvine to be the candidate. Not only did they support her in the meeting but they will support her on the campaign trail over the coming weeks.
Local Labour Party members and Liberal Democrat members have publicly stated that they will campaign for Louise as part of an alliance to show the strength of feeling in support of the attack on their NHS and other local services under this government. The Green Party candidate will stand down. Party boundaries were put aside for this crucial issue, much as they were for Dr Taylor in Kidderminster in 2001.
This alliance will send a strong message to Theresa May - the one thing that will bring people together is an attack on the NHS. Jeremy Hunt losing his seat will be the proof of that. The NHA Party wants to see Louise follow in Richard's footsteps. The alliance is going to support Louise in that aim.
More press for Louise
Evening Standard: Labour, Liberal Democrats and Green Party unite to unseat Jeremy Hunt
Surrey & Hants News: Progressive alliance candidate to stand in South West Surrey
BBC Radio 4: Today Programme segment