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The Manchester Tragedy

Thursday 25th May

 

Following Monday's tragic events at the Manchester Arena, Progressive Alliance suspended national campaigning in unison with political parties and third-party campaign groups. Several planned events were postponed.

 

Neal Lawson, Chair of Compass:

 

"Like others, we were left horrified by the devastating loss of young lives. Our hearts and thoughts are with the victims and their families. No words can fully convey our sorrow.

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Lewis invokes post-war spirit to thwart the Tories

Tuesday 16th May - Speaking to a packed-out rally in London, at the Progressive Alliance Launch event last night, Progressive Alliance champion Clive Lewis called on progressive voters to unite in the spirit of the post-war Labour and Liberal partnership to offer the country a bigger, better future.

 

Lewis, the Labour candidate for Norwich South and a former infantry officer who served a tour of duty in Afghanistan, told nearly 1,000 attendees in London:

 

“The Labour Party at its birth and during its strongest influential era has always been a progressive alliance.

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Progressive Alliance launch event announced

On Monday, May 15th the Progressive Alliance is holding a major launch event to celebrate the beginning of a new kind of politics. 

We know this election is tough. That is why we're building alliances now, to stop the Tories and sow the seeds for a better political future.

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More progressive candidates stand aside

Good news!

Over the last few days another progressive candidate stood aside to defeat the Conservatives. Green Party candidate Cheryl Briggs announced she would no longer stand against the Liberal Democrat Layla Moran in Oxford West and Abingdon, who she said offered "the best chance of beating the Conservatives".

She was joined in standing down by Dr Helen Salisbury, the National Health Action Party candidate for the seat.

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Labour activist of 46 years expelled for trying to unseat Jeremy Hunt

Steve Williams, a member of the South West Surrey Labour Party, has been expelled by party officials after 46 years of membership.

South West Surrey Progressive Alliance hosted a ‘progressive forum’ on Saturday 6th May to select a single progressive candidate to take on Jeremy Hunt. Members of Labour, the Lib Dems, Greens and National Health Action party came together to select Dr Louise Irvine.

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The new politics is coming from the grassroots

If the last few weeks have shown us one thing, it's that the new politics is coming from the grassroots. 

So although the Green Party leadership has now announced it is pulling away from making further agreements with Labour and the Liberal Democrats, the goal of the Progressive Alliance remains the same: To build a movement of people across the country to abandon the old tribalism and collaborate to reset the political system. 

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Clock is ticking for Jeremy Corbyn & Tim Farron to cooperate to secure election victory

This morning Caroline Lucas, co-leader of her party, has called on Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron to cooperate and form alliances to stop the Conservatives.

 

Already local progressive alliances have formed in Ealing, Brighton, Shipley, Ilford, South West Surrey, Oxford, Richmond and Twickenham - more will happen this week with a big switch into smart campaigning and voting, The Progressive Alliance is focusing on 97 seats where the combined progressive vote can defeat the conservative candidate.

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South-West Surrey progressives unite to defeat Jeremy Hunt

7th May 2017

 

A ground-breaking progressive forum in South-West Surrey on Saturday saw Dr Louise Irvine of the National Health Action Party garner cross-party support to stand as the single progressive candidate to stand up to Tory Goliath, Jeremy Hunt in June's general election.

 

The local Green Party is withdrawing their candidate in a show of solidarity, and local Labour and Liberal Democrat members have publicly urged their parties to follow suit and stand aside to put Jeremy Hunt's questionable handling of the NHS front and centre in the South-West Surrey constituency election campaign.

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Only a progressive alliance can stop the Conservatives

Only a Progressive Alliance backing the Greenss can stop the Conservatives on the Isle of Wight

 

Friday 5th May - Progressive Alliance has today called on parties on the Isle of Wight to cooperate with one another to defeat the Conservatives in next month’s General Election.

 

The second placed party was the Greens, with 5,597 votes, but there were a huge number of votes cast for various Independent candidates on the Island, and several thousand for the Labour party and the Liberal Democrats.

 

The Isle of Wight is a classic example of an electorate split between progressive parties,

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