The Liberal Democrats are welcoming the withdrawal of the Green Party from the parliamentary race for the seat covering East Dean and Polegate.
Earlier this evening (9 May), Katie Hawks confirmed she was standing down from the upcoming General Election, in a move to back the Liberal Democrats’ attempt to oust the Conservative Party, which won the Lewes seat in 2015.
Parliamentary candidate for the LibDems, Kelly-Marie Blundell said, “I am delighted with the announcement. Clearly it now shows that the Liberal Democrats are in pole position to win the election here, with support for us growing locally.”
Responding to the move, Maria Caulfield, who is seeking re-election for the Conservative Party said, “It was expected and clear that a coalition is building between the other parties. If people want Theresa May as Prime Minister, they have to vote Conservative. A vote for any other party, gives you Jeremy Corbyn.”
The candidates standing in the Lewes constituency, in alphabetical order are:
Blundell, Kelly Marie - Liberal Democrat
Caulfield, Maria - Conservative
Chapman, Daniel - Labour
UKIP have yet to declare as to whether they will be fielding a candidate or not.