Liberal Democrat candidate Tom Morrison and Cllr Mark Hunter, the Leader of Stockport Liberal Democrat Group, have said they respect the decision by seven Labour MPs to leave the Labour Party over issues around the leadership, anti-semitism and Brexit. They also said they will be open-minded when it comes to working with like-minded individuals to achieve the best for Cheadle Constituency and Stockport. Ann Coffey, Member of Parliament for Stockport Constituency, was one of the seven.
Cllr Mark Hunter, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Stockport Council and the former Member of Parliament for Cheadle said:
“From my time in parliament I know that Ann is a person of great integrity and I commend her bravery on taking what must have been a very difficult decision. This is an important step for all seven MPs to leave Labour and set up a separate, breakaway Independent Group. I hope that we may be able to work together again in the future on the issues where we agree.
“Ann will face a challenging next few days, weeks and months. I offer her whatever support I can as she moves through this difficult period and I hope that the new group will recognise that their interests and those of the Liberal Democrats are very closely aligned. The party nationally has already announced that it will be engaging in talks with all other groups and individuals to progress giving people a final say on Brexit and the wider political agenda.”
Tom Morrison, Liberal Democrat Campaigner in Cheadle said:
"Whilst rumors of a split had been growing for sometime, it is still a hard decision to leave a party you have been campaigning with for so long. I have nothing but the greatest respect for Ann Coffey and her colleagues for the decision they have come to - they have put the country and their values before party tribalism.
The Liberal Democrats will work with people across the political divide to get the best for our country. Whether that's delivering more funding for our hospitals, a better deal for our police force or getting a People's Vote on the Brexit deal, we will always look at ways we can work with others to deliver this."