Peter Tatchell: Greens should vote Lib Dem to unseat Labour and Tories

by Stephen Tall on April 28, 2010

Pink News reports that LDV’s Liberal Voice of the Year Peter Tatchell has urged Green supporters to vote tactically for the Lib Dems where Nick Clegg’s party is best placed to unseat Labour or Tories:

Former Green Party candidate and gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has called for Green supporters to vote for the Liberal Democrats in certain seats. … He told today that he was not a Lib Dem supporter but the party promises to change the “corrupt” voting system.

Mr Tatchell, who emphasised he was speaking in a personal capacity, said: “On May 6th, Labour could come third in the number of votes but still end up with the most seats. That is not democracy. The voting system is corrupt and has to change. The Greens support voting reform but the Lib Dems are the only major party committed to a fairer voting system. If they hold the balance of power, the Lib Dems will almost certainly ensure a fairer voting system which will be the single biggest democratic advance in Britain since the suffragettes.”

M Tatchell was the Greens’ candidate in the Lib Dem-Labour marginal Oxford East until December, when he stood down on health grounds.

Update: Peter Tatchell responds to the PinkNews article, and sets out his views fully, in this comment here on Lib Dem Voice.