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This election comes at a crucial time. The urgent risk to this country is Boris Johnson forcing a Hard Brexit, leading to job losses, inflation, and years of tortuous negotiations with the EU. We have to be willing to make difficult choices and sacrifices if it's going to help stop Brexit. For that reason we have decided not to run a candidate in Stroud, in order to allow other pro-European parties a clear run against a well-resourced Tory campaign. This is in response to an undemocratic First-Past-The-Post system which is rigged in favour of a failed two-party system and penalises alternative choices. We hope that our members and supporters will direct their energies to the campaigns in neighbouring seats where Liberal Democrat candidates are leading the challenge to the Conservatives and have every chance of being elected as MPs. We also hope that other parties will be willing to act in the wider interest across the country, to make sacrifices as we have done, and to help stop a damaging bad-deal Brexit.
George James said: "It is of course disappointing not to be able to stand as a Liberal Democrat candidate for the community in which I have grown up and worked, but it is important to understand the reasons why we are taking this decision. We in the Liberal Democrats have led the national effort to save the country from an act of self-harm and to stand up for liberal values of tolerance, openness and progress. I know these are values that are dear to the people of Stroud and believe that there is a natural fit between Stroud and Liberal Democracy. However, in this exceptional national crisis I am willing to put aside all other considerations."