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Gavin Shuker: Labour wants to run a normal election campaign so he’s going to sulk.

How ridiculous of the most ridiculous political organisation to turn up (until the Brexit Party arrived).

Apparently Change UK, the Green Party and the Liberal Democrats have been discussing the possibility of uniting behind an independent candidate in the upcoming Peterborough Parliamentary by-election.

This candidate would have supported remaining in the European Union and would have advocated for a “People’s Vote” second referendum on that subject.

There was nothing to stop them from doing this.

But it seems the candidate they chose to support has now withdrawn, after the Labour Party said it would not join this alliance and would campaign to win the constituency on its own terms.

This should come as no surprise because Labour is not a “Remain”-supporting party – or “Leave”-supporting, in fact. Labour respects the result of the referendum but is sceptical about the possibility of negotiating an acceptable decoupling deal with the EU and will support another referendum if a workable deal proves impossible to achieve.

And this is a by-election for a Parliamentary constituency – not a mini-referendum on Brexit – so Labour is well within its rights to want to campaign on local issues.

Change UK’s response was to throw its toys out of the pram. Here’s part of Gavin Shuker’s statement:

“Senior Labour figures, including senior figures campaigning for a people’s vote, made it clear that they would strenuously disrupt the campaign and obstruct an independent candidate, driven by fears that it would harm their party in Peterborough.”

In other words, he was whining about Labour holding a normal election campaign.

One wonders whether this outburst was prompted by the fact that Change UK didn’t manage to register a candidate of its own in time (the Greens and Lib Dems did).

Reaction on the social media has been acid:

Source: Change UK, Greens and Lib Dems blame Labour after parties fail to agree backing for single, pro-Remain candidate in Peterborough by-election | The Independent

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