THE Tories have called on an election watchdog to probe the Remainer pact over claims it is breaking the law.
Leaders of the Lib Dems, Greens and Plaid Cymru have announced plans not to run candidates against each other in 60 seats in an effort to keep out the Tories and Labour.
The Lib Dems, Greens and Plaid Cymru have announced plans not to run candidates against each other in 60 seats in an effort to keep out the Tories and Labour
But Tory chairman James Cleverly has written to the electoral commission accusing the group of failing to register a third-party campaigner, The Telegraph reports.
Mr Cleverly also claims Unite to Remain breached third party spending limits and failed to publish their donations.
He told the commission: I urge you to urgently investigate the activities of Unite to Remain and ask what pre-emptive measures can be considered to prevent a potential serious breach of electoral law.
Unite to Remain have denied the allegations.
The group’s deal will see Lib Dems get a clear run in 43 seats while Jo Swinsons party will make way in 10 constituencies for Green Party candidates.
Plaid will step aside in seven Welsh constituencies.
Thirty two seats are being targeted by the Lib Dems some of which are held by high profile figures in the party including former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, a leading Brexiteer, Zac Goldsmith and Alun Cairns, who recently quit as Welsh Secretary.
Critics predicted it will have a limited impact, pointing out the Lib Dems are on course to win a third of the constituencies involved anyway.
VOTERS ‘DEPRIVED OF A GENUINE CHOICE’
Unite to Remain has been slammed by top Conservatives who said voters would be angry at being deprived of a genuine choice in those seats affected.
Senior Tory Nigel Evans said: Its incredible, but then the election is all about stopping Brexit and theyre throwing everything else to the wolves in order to do that. Its not about their beliefs.
If I was a Lib Dem in an area that just lost their candidate, or a Green thats just lost their right to vote for their party, they may feel angry.
I call it a rotten Remainer alliance. Its anti-democratic and its against what the British people voted for.
I dont think the Lib Dems are going to do as well as they think because there are a lot of democrats out there.
Mr Evans added that Brexit Party candidates should wake up and pull the plug in seats where the Tories are vulnerable or there will be a heavy price.
The Remain Alliance also ran into fierce criticism from Labour candidates, who pointed out several of the seats being targeted are held by strong second referendum campaigners.
Senior Labour politician Wes Streeting fumed: A Remain Alliance that targets Labour people with impeccable pro-European credentials is nothing of the sort.
The group said it had invited Jeremy Corbyn to take part but was rebuffed by members of his frontbench team.
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said: We will never enter pact, coalitions, or deals like that. Ever
Id just say this to those Greens and others who are getting into bed with the Lib Dems I remember what the Lib Dems did when they were in government.
It was set up by Tory rebel Heidi Allen, who insisted that the upcoming election was Remains last chance to change the path that this country is currently on.
She said: With a single Remain candidate in each of these seats, we can deliver a greater number of MPs into parliament.
This is our opportunity to tip the balance of power away from the two largest parties and into the progressive Remain alliance.
Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price
The Green Party’s Sian Berry
The Remainer Alliance will target 11 seats in Wales and 49 in England, including those of top Brexiteers including Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab