AN Oxford MP has said plans for an electoral pact which will see her Green rival stand down in the upcoming general election are an example of ‘grown up politics’

The Liberal Democrats and Green Party in Oxford West and Abingdon have agreed to enter an electoral pact, so Lib Dem candidate Layla Moran stands a better chance of winning the seat to represent a Remain view point.

Ms Moran described the arrangement as grown-up politics.

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She said: “This is an exciting day for all those in Oxfordshire and across the South East who are committed to stopping Brexit.

“I am grateful to the local Green Party for helping us reach this historic agreement.”

She added: “By working together, we can beat Brexit-supporting Conservative candidates and prevent Boris Johnson winning a majority.

“It is clear that the Liberal Democrats are the strongest party of Remain here in the South East and in hundreds of other seats across the country.

“A vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Brexit, so that we can invest the £50bn Remain Bonus in our public services and build a brighter future.”

The organisation Unite to Remain orchestrated the negotiations.

As in 2017, Green candidate Cheryl Briggs will stand aside to help ensure that a Remain candidate wins in Oxford West and Abingdon.

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This is part of an agreement that the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and Greens have entered into across a large number of seats in England and Wales.

The news of the electoral pact follows a similar arrangement in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, which saw Liberal Democrat Jane Dodds defeat the Conservative Party in August.

A total of 60 constituencies in England and Wales are involved in the pact.

Plaid and the Greens will stand down in favour of Lib Dems in 43 seats, and the Lib Dems are standing down for them in 17.