Richmond Park

2 Dec 2016

Missing in Richmond: voter choice

Well, the results are in. Campaigners campaigned, and voters voted. But not all was well. Because the elephant in the room in this by-election was the absence of something that should be a given in any 21 st century: real voter choice. That’s because three parties – UKIP, the Conservatives and the Greens – took the decision to stand aside to turn this into a two-horse race, in this case between […]
31 Oct 2016

Calling for ‘progressive alliances’ is brave. But it should never be necessary

This article was first published at LabourList Last week, three Labour MPs did something that takes courage. In calling for Labour to stand aside in Richmond Park, they were pushing for a more collaborative form of politics – one of pluralism and inter-party cooperation. On Wednesday, they wrote for LabourList: “If there is any chance of kicking Goldsmith out of Parliament, the vote against him […]
27 Oct 2016

Forget standing down in Richmond: parties shouldn’t have to make that choice

This article was published on Politics.co.uk Almost as quickly as Zac Goldsmith announced his resignation this week, talk turned to the other parties in the race: should they clear the way for a candidate with a better chance of beating him? Within hours we had articles about ‘progressive alliances’ – pacts of left-of-centre parties standing aside to give the Liberal Democrat candidate to a clear […]