Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas has praised local political parties for stepping aside in the general election in June to build a “progressive” alliance.
She spoke shortly after Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats voted not to put up their candidate – Paul Chandler – in Brighton Pavilion.
At the same time the Brighton and Hove Greens voted not to run in Brighton Kemptown where candidate Davy Jones, who ran in 2015, was due to stand again.
Caroline Lucas said: “Tonight’s decision by local Lib Dems is welcome, particularly after Greens stood aside in Richmond.
“They recognise that I will be fighting this government’s extreme Brexit every step of the way and I thank them for their support.
“In Brighton something amazing is happening. People are putting aside party allegiances and working together so we have the best possible chance of delivering a fairer voting system and beating the Tories at the next election.
“Greens will be standing for election across this country and putting across our unique vision but in a handful of places members of local parties are taking brave decisions for the common good.
“It’s now up to the Lib Dem and Labour leaderships to sit down for talks about how we can make this movement for electoral alliances work.
“Let’s not condemn this country to five more years of Tory rule.”