Labour South Cambridgeshire hopeful Dan Greef says polls ‘being used to manipulate’
The Labour candidate for South Cambridgeshire has insisted he is the Remain candidate to vote for in the area, and suggested polls are being used to manipulate voters.
In a half-hour interview with the Local Democracy Reporting Service ahead of tomorrow's (Thursday, December 12) election, Dan Greef addressed questions on splitting the Remain vote, the future Labour Brexit deal, development in South Cambridgeshire, and said he would work as an MP to support Sure Start Centres.
On Brexit, Mr Greef said he supports the party’s plan for a second referendum, and would campaign for Remain.
Asked if his party’s slogan, “for the many, not the few,” is divisive, he said “it’s honest,” but added the party would govern for everyone.
“It’s not divisive, it’s trying to redress an imbalance,” he said. “The few will have to pay more tax, but they should be honoured to pay more tax – it’s a privilege, for society”.
Despite the YouGov modelling released on November 27 that pointed to a very close race between Conservative Anthony Browne and Liberal Democrat Ian Sollom, Mr Greef said he has “been here before,” and said anecdotally he has found evidence of strong Labour support, and said Labour support has been building in the time elapsed since the poll.
“There have been a lot of polls manipulating voters,” he said.
“I do not accept it,” he said, when asked if the polling figures suggest his Liberal Democrat rival is the more likely Remain candidate to win. And he pointed out, compared with the 2017 result, the Liberal Democrats would need a bigger swing in the vote to move from third to first.
He also said he is supportive of the current pace of development in South Cambridgeshire, but wants to see net zero carbon homes and wants to address water extraction issues which he described as an “ecological crisis”.
“I’m really against [building on the green belt] if we can at all costs,” he said, adding there are other options, such as brownfield sites, and saying that it is a “last resort” and needs to be done with the support of the communities if at all.