Senior Lib Dem Sir Vince Cable who has just returned to the party’s front bench as Treasury spokesman has urged his party to back Jeremy Corbyn’s candidates at the General Election – in a further sign a coalition of chaos is being built to put Corbyn in Downing Street.
At a Pragmatism not Tribalism event, former Business Secretary Cable urges “our people around the country” to support Corbyn’s Labour candidates where they have a chance of beating Conservatives.
He called for the Lib Dem-Labour coalition of chaos to push through tax rises, saying: “There will have to be tax increases…There has been a lot of tax cutting over the last two years in particular which is unnecessary.”
And it follows previous comments from Cable urging his MPs “to work with other parties” to frustrate Brexit.
He lent his particular support to Corbyn’s Labour candidate Rupa Huq in Ealing Central and Action, where the Green Party have also withdrawn to give her a free run.
Huq also won backing from Lib Dem Sarah Olney, standing in neighbouring Richmond Park, who was caught on tape saying: “We want Rupa to win in Ealing.”
Olney also spoke of “collaborations” with Labour around the country, saying: “Being tactical isn’t just about standing down or voting for the right candidate, it also can be about paper candidates, but not campaigning.”
Both Cable and Olney gave detailed descriptions of how Lib Dems can help build the coalition of chaos to prop up Corbyn in Downing Street at an event this month called “Let’s Work Together – Pragmatism not Tribalism.”
Commenting, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Damien Green said:
“The threat of Jeremy Corbyn making it to Downing Street propped up by a coalition of chaos is very real – and these recordings show the Lib Dems are scheming to make it happen.
“As Cable makes clear, the result would be higher taxes for families and businesses, and attempts to frustrate Brexit at every turn. We would all pay the price.
“Only a vote for Theresa May and her team can prevent this chaos and deliver the strong and stable leadership for Brexit and beyond.”