A missed opportunity in Witney
The by-election in Witney provoked by David Cameron's resignation delivered mixed news for progressives last week. The seat was won by Brexit-backing Conservative Robert Courts. It was a sadly missed opportunity for the progressive parties to field a single, pro-EU candidate standing on a platform of a fair and open Britain. The glimmer of positivity to take from the result is this: the Conservatives' majority from the 2015 election was slashed, and the overall progressive vote for Lib Dems, Labour and Greens was greater than the combined vote of both the Conservatives and UKIP. A single Progressive Alliance candidate could potentially have taken a very safe Tory seat and beaten both pro-Brexit candidates.