Welwyn Hatfield Lib Dem challenger slams ‘cynical’ election

PUBLISHED: 16:56 18 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:19 18 April 2017

Nigel Quinton

Nigel Quinton


Welwyn Hatfield’s would be Lib Dem MP has slammed the Prime Minister’s proposed snap General Election, but welcomed the challenge of fighting for election.

Parliamentary candidate Nigel Quinton described Theresa May’s announcement of a national poll on June 8 as “supreme cynicism, driven entirely by considerations of party advantage”.

He said: “No commentator thinks that any of her stated reasons stand serious examination. The hypocrisy of the woman who claimed to support Remain last year and is now wanting to fight as the Brexit champion is outrageous.

“However, as the fastest growing political party in the country, the Liberal Democrats welcome the challenge of campaigning against this government of unnecessary austerity who do not care for the disadvantaged or even the ‘just about managing’, but care only about securing political power at all costs.

“We need a government that works with the EU to secure the best possible solution that reflects the desire of many in this country for a different relationship, but maintains membership of the Single Market, maintains membership of Euratom, the Erasmus educational links, Europol, and other European institutions that the government has no mandate to rip us apart from.”

Mrs May needs the approval of two-thirds of the House of Commons for a national poll, but seems likely to win this, as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has welcomed the prospect.

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