This choice is between two visions for our country. It is not a choice which can be made by opting to treat this election as a tactical ploy or mathematical exercise. The issues are too important and the prospects for our country too daunting, if we as a country and The Cotswolds as a community fail to speak out clearly.
It is for these reasons that the Cotswolds Labour Party and I as the Labour Party parliamentary candidate for The Cotswolds, urge all those in The Cotswolds constituency who want a brighter future, not to vote tactically, but to VOTE LABOUR on 8 June.
While the polling data over successive elections has shown that the Liberal Democrat vote in The Cotswolds has secured them second place, the LibDems are not an alternative to the Conservatives. Only LABOUR can take on the recklessness, egoism and virulence of Theresa May’s strange leadership and shaky, uncosted Manifesto ambitions. After many attempts, the LibDem failure in The Cotswolds to unseat the Tory incumbent is proof of one thing: the LibDems cannot win here. They have reached their peak, while LABOUR is gaining ground among thousands of Cotswolds people who know that change must come, and that only LABOUR has the vision and determination to deliver it.
If you as a voter are considering voting tactically for the LibDems in The Cotswolds, consider this: you are voting for a party which will never be the main opposition party at Westminster. In the current, febrile, fractured environment – so dominated as it is by Theresa May’s evident shortcomings as regards her capacity to negotiate a Brexit deal which is in the national interest – only Labour can hold the Conservatives to account; Labour needs to be as strong a force as possible to achieve this role, so every vote for Labour will count, and will prevent Mrs May from riding roughshod over her critics.
Even if the LibDems gain a few more Parliamentary seats on 8 June, they will never match Labour at Westminster, so there is a real need for Labour to not only win as many seats as possible, but also to win as much of the popular vote as possible.
It really is the case that every vote for Labour counts as a vote to prevent Mrs May’s reckless attitude towards Brexit from becoming the catastrophic ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ reality she plans for us all.
Finally, think of this: politics should be about principle rather than electoral arithmetic. If you believe in what the LABOUR PARTY stands for, then VOTE LABOUR, because in a democracy it is vital that deeply-felt views are expressed at the ballot box.
Thank you for support. Let’s make The Cotswolds a better place for all its people to live in.
Labour Party parliamentary candidate for The Cotswolds
General Election 2017