Labour’s secretly pro-European candidate criticises me for not backing her tactically – she doesn’t mention Brexit in her election leaflet!
The Labour candidate for Tiverton & Honiton, Liz Pole, has made an extraordinary attack on me on Facebook for not endorsing a Devon for Europe recommendation to vote tactically for her. D4EU has changed its advice that the situation in the constituency is ‘ambiguous’ to a Labour recommendation, but I pointed out:
Martin Shaw The YouGov MRP poll gives a central estimate for Labour 19% and LDs 16%, Tories 57%. There really isn’t a tactical vote in Tiv & Hon. I recommend voting for the opposition party which best represents your views.
Liz Pole replied:
Then I looked at her election leaflet (above) – it doesn’t even mention Brexit, Europe or a second referendum, yet she wants us to vote tactically for her on these grounds!
I’ve now stated that I will publicly endorse (in Tiverton & Honiton) the first of Labour, Lib Dems or the Greens to put their money where their mouth is on tactical voting – by urging their supporters in the neighbouring East Devon constituency to vote tactically for Claire Wright against the parachuted Tory candidate. Until then I stick to my advice to vote according to your own views.
If these parties won’t urge their supporters to vote tactically in East Devon where there IS a genuine tactical option, why should I back them in Tiverton & Honiton where there ISN’T?