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‘Historic’ Remain alliance strikes pact in 60 seats

PRO-REMAIN parties have agreed a pact not to stand against each other in 60 seats in England and Wales.

The Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party are confident the deal, brokered by the Unite to Remain group, makes ‘at least 44’ of the 60 seats ‘highly winnable’.

It follows an agreement earlier this year in Brecon and Radnorshire where the Lib Dems took the seat from the Conservatives after the other two parties stood aside.

Heidi Allen (pictured), head of Unite To Remain and previously MP for South Cambridgeshire, said the cross-party arrangement is ‘unprecedented in modern British political history’. The Lib Dems will stand in 43 areas, the Greens in ten and Plaid Cymru in seven.

In the Isle of Wight and Brighton Pavilion, the Greens will be given a free run, while in Richmond Park, Guildford and Cheltenham, the Lib Dems will be unopposed by other Remain-backing parties.

Green MEP Molly Scott Cato hoped the deal would ‘break the two-party stranglehold’, but Mike Powell, who was intending to stand in Pontypridd for the Lib Dems, said members in Wales were ‘extremely unhappy’.