Lib Dems Announce Candidates for Local Constituencies

Move seems to rule out any chance of a 'progressive alliance' in the area

Wandsworth Liberal Democrats have been taking to Twitter to line up their candidates for an 8 June following Theresa May's call for a snap General Election.

Tweeting "We're ready" the local party are set to stand against Conservative MPs Justine Greening and Jane Ellison in Putney and Battersea respectively, and Labour's Dr Rosena Allin-Khan in Tooting. This seems to rule out any chance of a 'progressive alliance' with Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens cooperating in areas which voted to Remain in the EU Referendum.

Ryan Mercer has said he is standing as the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Putney. Calling it the Brexit General Election, Mr Mercer said, "The Lib Dems are the only party campaigning against Theresa May's hard Brexit. Only we will stand up for Putney."

Ryan Mercer
Ryan Mercer

They will be hoping to challenge Education Secretary Justine Greening who holds the seat for the Conservatives with a large majority but where the electorate voted by a large majority to remain in the EU.

General Election 2015: Putney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Justine Greening 23,018 53.8 +0.8
Labour Sheila Boswell 12,838 30.0 +2.6
Liberal Democrat Andrew Hallett 2,717 6.3 −10.6
Green Christopher Poole 2,067 4.8 +3.4
UKIP Patricia Ward 1,989 4.6 +3.5
Animal Welfare Guy Dessoy 184 0.4 N/A
Majority 10,180 23.8 -0.8
Turnout 42,813 67.0 +2.6
Conservative hold Swing -0.9

He looks set to be joined by Alex Glassbrook for Tooting, who tweeted "Game On" when the election was announced . He was the Liberal Democrat in the recent Tooting by election which was held after Sadiq Khan became Mayor of London. He is a barrister who lives near Wandsworth Common and volunteers for the South West London Law Centre.

The by-election was won comfortably by Dr Rosena Allin-Khan who rebelled against Jeremy Corbyn's three-line whip on the invocation of Article 50.

By-election 2016: Tooting
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rosena Allin-Khan 17,894 55.9 +8.7
Conservative Dan Watkins 11,537 36.1 −5.8
Green Esther Obiri-Darko 830 2.6 −1.5
Liberal Democrat Alex Glassbrook 820 2.6 −1.3
UKIP Elizabeth Jones 507 1.6 −1.3
Christian Peoples Des Coke 164 0.5 +0.5
Monster Raving Loony Alan "Howling Laud" Hope 54 0.2 +0.2
Independent Zirwa Javaid 30 0.1 +0.1
One Love Ankit Love 32 0.1 +0.1
Immigrants Political Party Akbar Ali Malik 44 0.1 +0.1
English Democrat Graham Moore 50 0.2 +0.2
Independent Zia Samadani 23 0.1 +0.1
Independent Smiley Smillie 5 0.0 +0.0
Give Me Back Elmo Bobby Smith 9 0.0 +0.0
Majority 6,357 19.9 +14.6
Turnout 31,763 42.5 −27.2
Labour hold Swing +7.3

In Battersea it appears to be Richard Davis who is likely to represent the Liberal Democrats. Dr Davis said, "This is our one chance to stop a Tory hard Brexit. Only the Lib Dems can prevent a Tory majority. "

Richard Davis

Last time out the Lib Dems only polled 4.4% of the vote in a constituency that was strongly in favour of leaving the EU.

General Election 2015: Battersea
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jane Ellison 26,730 52.4 +5.0
Labour Will Martindale  18,792 36.8 +1.7
Liberal Democrat Luke Taylor 2,241 4.4 -10.3
Green Joe Stuart 1,682 3.3 +2.2
UKIP Christopher Howe 1,586 3.1 +2.1
Majority 7,938 15.6 +3.4
Turnout 51,031 67.0 +1.3
Conservative hold Swing +1.6

April 19, 2017