Press Release – General Election- 19 April

Mrs May has decided that she wants to call a general election. Given her
repeated objections to an early election and the lacklustre performance of the
Labour Party, this can only be interpreted as a shameless act of opportunism,
plunging the country into chaos when what is needed is stability.
This comes at the worst possible time. The government’s headlong rush to
invoke Article 50 without having the slightest idea of what this involves, what it
hopes to get from it and even how to go about it is breathtakingly irresponsible.
This election is entirely unnecessary and blatantly runs counter to the concept of
fixed-term parliaments which Mrs May’s party was so keen to introduce.
Cheltenham for Europe is an independent organisation, not affiliated to any
political party, and consequently does not take sides in elections. Our advice to
members, supporters and the general public is simple: vote for the candidate
with a proven record of opposition to Brexit and support for the European
Union. We want an MP who reflects Cheltenham’s pro-EU stance. Make a
strategic choice to ensure this.
Thanks to our membership of the European Union we have had over seventy
years of peace in Europe, in economic terms we are no longer the Sick Man of
Europe and thanks to progressive environmental legislation we are no longer the
Dirty Man of Europe. Don’t throw this away. Remember: Brexit wrecks it.
Young people, in particular: if you have not registered to vote, please do so as
soon as possible. Remember: this is about your future and our children’s future.
19 April 2017