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Canterbury contest: Lib Dem candidate stands down in marginal seat to avoid splitting Remain vote

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Tensions are running high among Liberal Democrats after the decision of their candidate in Canterbury to step down.

Tim Walker announced that he was pulling out to boost the chances of Labour candidate Rosie Duffield, who narrowly won the seat from the Conservatives in 2017.

Credit: Twitter/Tim Walker

The national party is now reported to be considering imposing a fresh candidate, but Thursday is the deadline for nominations.

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson, who visited a boxing gym on the campaign trail on Wednesday, says she's opposed to doing anything that helps Labour candidates.

We have reached agreements in an unprecedented way across 60 seats with Plaid Cymru and the Green Party and indeed unilaterally stood down to support candidates like Dominic Grieve, Anna Soubry, Caroline Lucas, who have been strong supporters of the fight to stop Brexit. It's important we've done that. Of course, the Labour party have been absent from all of that and the reason is that they're not a party of Remain. They are trying to deliver Brexit and that is contrary to what we are trying to achieve in this election and we want to make sure that people have the chance to vote to stop Brexit."

– Jo Swinson, Leader, Liberal Democrats

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