Lib Dem leader says he is 'open' to a 'Remain alliance' with the Greens in Portsmouth

A LIBERAL Democrat leader last night refused to rule out striking up a deal with the Green Party during the next election.

Tuesday, 6th August 2019, 6:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 8th August 2019, 3:59 pm
Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson has not ruled out drawing up a link with the Green Party in Portsmouth during the next election Picture : Habibur Rahman

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson admitted he was open to the idea of a Remain alliance in the city, come the next General Election.

His comment came amid speculation a no-confidence vote could be called next month, triggering an election.

Speaking to The News over whether he would agree a pact with the Greens in the city, Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: ‘It’s clearly sensible for us to work together. I would be open to that if the Greens approach us.

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‘I’m sure there are discussions going on at a national level over this. It’s not something we could decide here.’

Last week the Liberal Democrats scored a victory over the Tories during a by-election in Brecon and Radnorshire constituency.

The Green Party decided not to stand candidates in the Welsh seat to maximise votes for Lib Dem Jane Dodds, who won. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​