More Than 50 Labour Candidates Sign Pledge To Campaign For Remain

Ned Simons

More than 50 Labour parliamentary candidates have signed a pledge to campaign to Remain at a second referendum.

Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to negotiate a new Brexit deal with the EU and put it to a public vote within six months of taking office if he wins the election.

The referendum would be a choice between Labour’s exit deal and Remain.

Corbyn himself has repeatedly refused to say which way he will vote in the referendum he has pledged to hold.

Other senior Labour figures, including Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer and Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry have all previously said they would back Remain.

On Friday more than 50 Labour parliamentary candidates, including returning MPs and those seeking reelection, signed a pledge to campaign in favour of EU membership.

The pledge reads: “Labour is committed to a confirmatory referendum, to give you a final say on Brexit.  If elected as your Labour MP, I pledge to campaign to Remain in the EU.”

Andrew Lewin, founder of Remain Labour, the said: “The only route to staying in the EU is through electing a Labour government on December the 12th.

“The party is already committed to putting Brexit back to the people and I am delighted that more than 50 parliamentary candidates have already pledged to campaign to Remain in the EU in all circumstances.

“Remain voters want to vote for the Labour Party with confidence at this election. Our pledge will help candidates in England, Scotland and Wales to underline that the Labour Party is the strongest Remain Alliance in the country.”

It comes as the Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party formed an election pact, agreeing not to stand against each other in dozens of seats.

The deal, brokered by the Unite to Remain group, will give voters a single Remain choice in 60 constituencies across England and Wales. The group is confident that “at least 44” of the 60 seats are “highly winnable”.

The group said Labour was approached to take part, but said no.

Labour candidates standing to be re-elected:

Tonia Antoniazzi, Gower

Margaret Beckett, Derby South

Ben Bradshaw, Exeter

Ruth Cadbury, Brentford and Isleworth

Janet Daby, Lewisham East

Geraint Davies, Swansea West

Thangam Debbonaire, Bristol West

Stephen Doughty, Cardiff South and Penarth

Rosie Duffield, Canterbury

Maria Eagle, Liverpool and Halewood

Paul Farrelly, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Vicky Foxcroft, Lewisham Deptford

Helen Hayes, Dulwich and West Norwood

Darren Jones, Bristol North

Susan Jones, Clwyd South

Ged Killen, Rutherglen and Hamilton West

Peter Kyle, Hove

David Lammy, Tottenham

Kerry McCarthy, Bristol East

Siobhain McDonagh, Mitcham and Morden

Alison McGovern, Wirral South

Catherine McKinnell, Newcastle upon Tyne

Anna McMorrin, Cardiff North

Ian Murray, Edinburgh South

Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth South

Madeleine Moon, Bridgend

Matthew Pennycook, Greenwich and Woolwich

Steve Reed, Croydon North

Ellie Reeves, Lewisham West and Penge 

Andy Slaughter, Hammersmith

Wes Streeting, Ilford North

Paul Sweeney, Glasgow North East

Jo Stevens, Cardiff Central

Gareth Thomas, Harrow West

Anna Turley, Redcar

Daniel Zeichner, Cambridge

Candidates standing to be elected:

Marina Ahmad, Beckenham

Callum Anderson, South West Bedfordshire

Fleur Anderson, Putney

Karen Davis, Norwich North

Pam Duncan-Glancy, Glasgow North

Rachel Eden, Reading West

Flo Eshalomi, Vauxhall

Dan Greef, South Cambridgeshire

Faten Hameed, Glasgow Central

Peter Lamb, Crawley

Martin McCluskey, Inverclyde

Cheryl Pidgeon, Rushcliffe 

Moira Ramage, Paisley and Renfrewshire

Matt Uberoi, Chelsea and Fulham

Emma Whysall, Chipping Barnet