Lord Alton supports Ward in by-election
FORMER BY-ELECTION RIVALS UNITE TO OPPOSE HS2
18 October 2016
Nicholas Ward, who is standing in the Witney by-election as an Independent candidate opposed to HS2, announced today that he has received the endorsement of the Crossbench peer Lord Alton of Liverpool, another long-standing opponent of HS2.
Ward and Alton are former political rivals who have both left their former parties and are now joining together to fight HS2.*
Nicholas Ward said" As an Independent candidate, I am thrilled to have the support of such a distinguished Crossbench Peer. We are clear there are many better ways of spending £57bn including on the NHS and on improving the existing rail infrastructure.
HS2 will bring no benefit at all to West Oxfordshire but the local people will pay for it through taxes and in the missing investment that could do so much to support community projects within the constituency.
By voting for me Witney voters have this last chance to say ‘No to HS2’ before the diggers start work in five months from now. I call on the many who have expressed their feelings in marches and on social media to encourage Witney voters to use the ballot box to protest against this disastrous waste of money."
*Ward and Alton first met when they stood against each other in the Liverpool Edge Hill constituency in the March 1979 By-Election and the May 1979 General Election. The then David Alton was the candidate for the Liberal Party and Nicholas Ward was the Conservative Party candidate. Edge Hill was previously a safe Labour seat but was won, very decisively, by David Alton, with the Labour Party candidate a poor second and Nicholas in third place.