The National Health Action Party’s Dr Louise Irvine has been selected as the progressive alliance candidate in South West Surrey, meaning that she will once again face the sitting MP Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health.
At a packed meeting in Farncombe yesterday (May 6), organised by SW Surrey Compass group and attended by members of the Liberal Democrat Party, Labour Party, Green Party and National Health Action Party, as well as non-party aligned people, it was overwhelmingly agreed that there should be one progressive alliance candidate for SW Surrey in next month’s General Election. The Green Party has declared that it will not put forward any candidates but would back Dr Irvine and local Labour Party members and several Liberal Democrat members have said they will campaign for her as a progressive alliance candidate. The national Liberal Democrat and Labour Parties have not yet said whether they will field candidates.
Dr Irvine stood against Mr Hunt in the 2015 General Election, taking 8.5 per cent of the vote. Mr Hunt won with a majority of more than 28,000, with UKIP second, followed by Labour, the National Health Action Party, the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and the Something New party.
South West Surrey Compass is a local group of Compass, an organisation founded on the belief that organisations and political parties should work together to improve society.