-- Advertisement --

Lib Dem candidate slammed for ‘helping the Tories’ after announcing bid to oust Labour Remainer in ultra-marginal Canterbury constituency

-- Advertisement --

Stay in touch!

Sign up to be updated with Evolve's latest stories, and for opportunities to get involved.

A Liberal Democrat candidate has been slammed for potentially ‘helping the Tories deliver a hard Brexit‘ after announcing his bid to oust the incumbent Remain-supporting Labour MP in the ultra-marginal Remain-voting Labour/Tory constituency of Canterbury.

Tim Walker, a journalist for the staunchly pro-Remain New European magazine, announced on Friday that he would be standing as the prospective Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate for Canterbury.


In 2017, Rosie Duffield was elected as the Labour MP for the Kent constituency by a tiny margin of just 187 votes ahead of the Tory candidate.

During her two years as an MP, Duffield has consistently supported Remain causes and repeatedly voted against both Theresa May and Boris Johnson’s Brexit deals in Parliament.

The Lib Dems – who have consistently pledged to stop Brexit and do everything to stop the Tories delivering it – have even decided to stand aside for the former Tory MP Dominic Grieve (who is standing as an Independent for the upcoming election) to avoid splitting the Remain vote in his Beconsfield constituency.

However, Jo Swinson’s party have decided against making the same decision for the equally Remain-supporting Labour MP in the ultra-marginal Canterbury constituency.

Unsurprisingly, given the Lib Dems’ bizarre lack of consistency on the issue, added to the fear that the decision to run in the seat would help the Tories, Walker’s announcement was quickly met with disdain from Remain supporters.

Clive Peedell, the co-founder of the NHS Action Party and a vehement critic of the Tories, replied to say that the decision was “as idiotic and dumb as it gets“, before going on to state that:

“You will split vote and give election to Tories. Lib Dem’s need to stand down here. Use your knowledge and expertise by contending another seat that makes sense.”

Even the Guardian journalist and regular critic of the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Nick Cohen, asked Walker:

“What on earth is the point of standing against Rosie Duffield? I would really like to hear your explanation.

Even numerous Twitter users with the #FBPE hashtag in their username – a hashtag strongly affiliated with the Liberal Democrat’s Remain campaign – slammed the decision:


Walker’s Twitter post garnered almost 2,000 seperate replies, with the vast majority of them strongly critical of the Lib Dem’s decision to stand in the constituency.

The public will take to the polls on Thursday December 12th, and the decisions made by similarly-positioned Remain parties in each individual constituency will be pivotal in deciding the eventual outcome of Brexit.

The Green Party have already announced they will be standing aside and endorsing the Labour candidate in Calder Valley, and are widely rumoured to be considering standing aside in several more seats to help the Remain cause.

However, the Liberal Democrats are currently planning to stand candidates in nearly all UK constituencies – including those where the margin between Labour and the Tories are extremely close.

-- Advertisement --

Evolve needs your help more than ever!

We rely on the generosity of our readers to help fund the majority of our work - but we need a little more to make ends meet and enable us to grow.

If we can reach 1,000 regular subscribers, we will become entirely financially sustainable - and we'll also have a little extra so we can build upwards and outwards to make our work have an even bigger impact.

In the last month alone, our work on the Environment Bill has helped force a change in the law for the better. And, since Evolve was founded, our uniquely viral style of journalism has repeatedly put the establishment on the back foot and helped force genuinely positive progression.

But we want to do far more - and we need your help to do it.

The best way you can help us is by becoming a Monthly or Annual subscriber. This kind of regular income allows us to better plan for the future - firstly so we can pay the bills, and then so we can set aside funds and time to work on extra projects.

However, if you can't commit to a regular payment, one-off donations - no matter how small - also make a big difference to us, and we genuinely make the most of every single penny.

So, if you appreciate the work that Evolve does and you want to see us make an even bigger impact on the world, please think about contributing to our work in whatever way you possibly can.

Tom D. Rogers

Co-Founder, Contributing Editor

Jess Miller

Co-Founder, Contributing Editor

Subscriber-Only Comments