With the general election approaching, the local Green Parties with members living in the Wells constituency were asked by the national party to stand aside our constituency candidate. This part of a series of electoral arrangements known as Unite to Remain which involves The Green Party, Liberal Democrats, and Plaid Cymru aiming to encourage as many remain constituency victories as possible.
Wells is a Lib Dem target seat. In exchange, they are standing aside in nine key Green target constituencies.
Having balloted members in the Wells constituency last week, the Green Party will not be fielding a candidate in Wells.
Deals such as this also provoke controversy and unhappiness, as the recent news coverage has highlighted. But while our electoral system remains unreformed, these sorts of deals represent the best chance the Green Party has at gaining further representation in Parliament. Given the political crisis and climate emergency, this has never been more crucial.