Richmond Park is a suburban constituency in Greater London.
It has a five star target rating for Lib Dems at an upcoming General Election.
For remain-motivated voters Richmond Park offers a great chance of a remain outcome – by voting Lib Dem to defeat the Conservatives there.
There is also almost no risk that voting Lib Dem will increase the chances of an accidental leave outcome.
For voters unable to support Lib Dems on conscience, but keen to still deliver “outcomes” other than a Conservative MP, please consider the following options:
Remain-motivated voters: Campaign for neighbouring Putney’s Labour candidate against the Conservatives for the best chance for a remain-outcome (a People’s Vote).
Labour-motivated voters: Neighbouring constituecncies Putney and Brentford & Isleworth need Labour campaigners to keep B&I Labour and win Putney from the Conservatives.
Green-motivated voters: There are no strong Green target seats in London so phone canvassing and other national action can help further afield.
Why Richmond Park is a Five Star Lib Dem Target
Based on our criteria (read here) the following five factors are key:
Narrowness of 2017 defeat
In 2017, Lib Dems came second to the Conservatives by less than just 0.1% (45 votes).
This is well within the margin of their uplift in polls since then.
Lack of rivals
In 2017, Labour came third with just 9.1%. That was 36.0% behind the second place Lib Dems.
This means a split “opposition” vote is a risk, but the lack of realistic chance of Labour winning can aid tactical voting for Lib Dems.
Remain 2016 counts
In 2016, Remain won Richmond Park by 71.3% to 28.7%%.
This means a pro-remain campaign will likely go down well in this pro-remain seat.
Zac Goldmith MP (Conservative) recently voted in the Commons against blocking “no deal”.
Such a clear chance to cast the incumbent as a severe pro-brexit candidate is a Lib Dem advantage.
Brexit Party standing
The Brexit Party has not announced its candidate, but has not announced it will pass over Richmond Park either.
Presumption is they will stand – potentially attracting otherwise Conservative voters – but we will update when more is known.