Vince Cable was right to back me
Yesterday Dr Rupa Huq’s campaign for re-election in the Ealing Central and Acton seat received a welcome boost from the unlikely source of Liberal Democrat grandee Sir Vince Cable. The former deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, who is intending to run for election in his former seat of Twickenham, was recorded directing Lib Dem voters in the Ealing Central and Acton seat to back Rupa. Here’s what he said:
“I’ll just give one example, there’s Rupa Huq, who’s the candidate in Ealing. Purely by coincidence I found myself, I think it was on ‘Any Questions’ or one of those programs in Warwick a few months ago, and I gave her a lift back home to Ealing. We talked for a couple of hours and it was very clear that on almost every issue our views were almost identical. And so I would find it difficult to vote against somebody like that, and I hope that our people around the country are discriminating and think and act in a constructive way”
Further backing for Dr Huq was given by Sarah Olney, who was victor for Lib Dems in the December by-election for Richmond Park, and who could be heard on the recording of the event stating "We want Rupa to win in Ealing”.
The endorsement was welcomed by Dr Huq who released the following statement:
“This is a significant development and I welcome the comment of Vince Cable who I respect enormously and got to know when we did a joint speaking engagement. In a tight race it’d be wrong to sacrifice a good independently minded pro-remain MP due to the personal vanity of the already twice-loser Lib Dem candidate standing to further his council bid in 2018. The Tory candidate is the only other one able to win and they’ve chosen a Brexit activist as their candidate who also supported the closure of local hospitals on Ealing council. The Greens have already stood down in favour of my candidacy and it’s important that anyone tempted by the Lib Dems for their Brexit stance realises the consequences of their actions. To remain with a remainer MP Huq is the only realistic option; any other action (including staying at home) would result in a Brexiteer representing a seat which was 72% remain.”
Yesterday’s events follow the decision of the Green Party who, just a fortnight ago, stood aside so as to not split the pro-EU vote in a seat in which 72% of the voters supported remain in June last year. A decision which was reflected by Rupa Huq who voted against article 50 stating that it is “vital that we work together to oppose this reckless surge towards Brexit"