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Come back to the fold: an appeal to the progressive voters of Twickenham

Labour Parliamentary candidate Nick Grant has urged Twickenham residents to vote for the party that best fits their principles and beliefs in May's General Election.

In an open letter, Nick said:

I have lost count of the number of Twickenham residents I’ve met who would be Labour but for the tactical vote. At many previous elections they’ve held their noses and voted for Vince Cable in order to keep the Conservatives out. In 2010 they did the same. But now they are frankly bewildered by the role their MP has played in a straightforwardly right wing cabinet.

Nor are they convinced by Vince Cable’s more recent protestations that he is at odds with the Coalition government. He has sat with Cameron, Osborne, Gove, Pickles, Duncan-Smith et al as they have implemented the Bedroom Tax, wasted billions on restructuring the NHS, abandoned house building and favoured the wealthiest with tax cuts.

This is reflected in recent polls showing that the Lib Dems have something like 6% support in the country. On this basis they may all but disappear as a national force after the election. Which means that the choice facing the electorate is between a Conservative government or a Labour government – a rump Lib Dem party in parliament will wield no power and precious little influence.

And this means that May 2015 will be different from all previous Twickenham elections. I want the thousands of you with progressive instincts to return to Labour and help me consign the tired old Lib Dem mantra of “Labour can’t win here” to the scrapheap. It is time to recognise that in an era of coalitions the only thing you can do with any certainty in the polling booth is to vote for the Party that best fits your principles and beliefs.

It’s time to come back to the fold.

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