Cambridge Green Party MP candidate welcomes opportunity to challenge ‘hard Brexit’

PUBLISHED: 15:36 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:36 19 April 2017

Stuart Tuckwood UNISON columnist . Picture: Keith Heppell

Stuart Tuckwood UNISON columnist . Picture: Keith Heppell

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The Green’s Stuart Tuckwood says the Greens hope to work with Labour and the Liberal Democrats against the Torys.

MPs have voted 522 to 13 in support of PM Theresa May’s call for a snap general election on the 8th of June,

The Green Party’s Cambridge candidate Stuart Tuckwood has responded by urging voters to ‘seize the opportunity for change’, and has supported co-leaders of the Green Party, Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley, who have called for talks with the leaders of Labour and the Liberal Democrats about the possibility of cooperating in certain seats to beat the Conservatives.

Mr Tuckwood said: “I hope voters seize this opportunity for change which we now have on June the 8th. The process of withdrawing from the EU so far has been secretive and exclusive and the Prime Minister has obviously misled the country about her intentions to hold a snap election.

“If we want a proper say we must now send representatives to Westminster who will strongly scrutinise the process, ensure transparency, and work hard to ensure safeguards over our workplace rights and environment are protected.

“Our broken electoral system unfortunately means that to give people a real choice, centre and left parties must explore the possibility of working together in certain seats. Where standing against each other in certain areas guarantees the Conservatives will win, it’s obvious we must talk about cooperation between parties.

“If Labour and the Lib Dems are serious about preventing the damage a further five years of Tory rule will do to the NHS, our welfare state and our environment, they must come to the table.

“In Cambridge the Conservatives have little chance of success. Voters here should vote for what they believe in. The Green Party are fully committed to supporting the free movement of people, a fully public and funded NHS and free higher education. If you value these things, you must support me on June 8.”

Labour’s MP Daniel Zeichner and Liberal Democrat candidate Julian Huppert will also contest the seat.

Mr Tuckwood has also slammed the ‘dishonesty’ at the heart of the Conservative Party.

He said: “I very much welcome the opportunity to challenge the current direction of travel at Westminster. Cambridge is certain to suffer badly from the government’s extreme plans for Brexit. A big majority here wanted us to remain and across the country nobody voted for the plans that have since been put forward.

“Now is our opportunity to send a powerful message from Cambridge, we will be demanding both parliament and the people get a final say over the terms of the deal taking us out of the European Union and I’m sure that message will find huge support in the city here.”

Stuart Tuckwood is an NHS charge nurse and works at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and a shop steward for the public service union UNISON.

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