Anti-Tory election campaign launches in Carlisle

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Helen Davison
Helen Davison

A national campaign to stop a Conservative landslide and build "progressive alliances" between opposition parties will hold one of its first meetings in Carlisle tomorrow.

The cross-party organisation Compass held its launch in London today, and is hoping to get its message across in marginal seats - including Carlisle, Copeland, Workington and Barrow.

The Carlisle campaign aims to prevent the Tories holding the seat, which it claims would be bad for democracy.

Instead they want to build a "good society", which it says would be more equal, sustainable and democratic.

The meeting follows a decision by the Green Party not to field candidates in Carlisle, Workington or Copeland.

Local activists are urging anyone who wants to find out more to attend tonight's meeting at Tullie House.

The event is taking the form of a “barnstorming” session, a technique used in the US during Bernie Sanders' election campaign to mobilise his supporters.

Helen Davison, of Carlisle Green party, said there is a real desire locally among "progressives" to work together in the run up to the election in a bid to oust former MP John Stevenson.

“Given our unfair and outdated first past the post voting system there is only one voting option in Carlisle that has any chance of preventing the Tories getting back in," she said.

 John Stevenson

John Stevenson

"And as Greens we realise that to do that we need to be working together with other political parties and others in our community who also share that aim. We recognise that people in all progressive parties have similar views on many subjects and by working together, we have much more chance of achieving them.

"So we very much welcome anyone with the desire to work towards a good society, be they political or not."

Mr Stevenson has criticised the Greens for deciding not to stand in Carlisle and taking a strong anti-Conservative stance.

He said in a democracy it should be up to individual voters to decide who they want in power, not tactical voting.

The meeting runs from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Tuesday at Tullie House.

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keith   stobart , Carlisle Tuesday, 16 May, 2017 at 6:02PM
A patronising bunch of halfwits! So they're saying that if Carlisle citizens cast the most votes for someone then this is bad for democracy because he or she's a Tory? Presumably their 'Good society' involves their candidate being elected. At the risk of sounding like a Daily Mail reader I imagine there will bemore than a few sandle wearing bearded vegans present.
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Bern   Windhow , Carlisle Tuesday, 16 May, 2017 at 2:20PM
Best thing they can do is to oust this invisible MP from Carlisle. The only time he ever pops up is election time.
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Paul   Davidson , Carlisle Tuesday, 16 May, 2017 at 12:52PM
Anti-Conservative protest in Carlisle, Stevenson will still win. What are people thinking voting for him??
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John   Stitch , Carlisle Tuesday, 16 May, 2017 at 7:47AM
As a matter of interest how many people attending will be hard working tax payers? Or will they be trendy socialists who support Labour on one hand and then retreat to their large house to read The Guardian while checking their share portfolio? The Greens would effectively destroy the entire Cumbrian economy and replace it with errrrr answers on postcard to.....
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Albert   Tattlelock , Carlisle Monday, 15 May, 2017 at 7:35PM
Good luck with that haha.
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