Lewes has been selected by pro-European groups as one of the top 20 target seats in which voters should vote tactically to oppose a hard Brexit.
Open Britain, European Movement and Britain in Europe, which between them have 600,000 activists, havedrawn up a hitlist of 20 seats where they hope to eject pro-Brexit MPs. This includes Lewes, where Maria Caulfield supported Brexit despite the constituency voting to Remain.
Liberal Democrats have welcomed the news. As the main challengers they aim to mount a strong local campaign to oppose the Conservative government’s hard Brexit stand.
Liberal Democrat candidate Kelly-Marie Blundell commented:
“I am delighted that the country’s top pro-European groups have thrown their weight behind my campaign.
“The hard Brexit we are heading for poses a huge threat to people’s livelihoods in East Sussex, from local businesses to farmers.
“People here voted narrowly to remain, and many did not vote for the hard Brexit Theresa May has chosen. They deserve an MP who will stand up for what they believe in.
“This election is a chance to change the direction of the country. Every Liberal Democrat vote in Lewes is a challenge to Theresa May’s Hard Brexit agenda.
“If you want Britain to remain in the EU, we are the only party offering a way to do that; through a referendum on the terms of the final Brexit deal with remain as an option.”