Lib Dem candidate Tim Walker recently stood down in the ultra-marginal seat of Canterbury in favour of Labour anti-Brexiter Rosie Duffield.
He did this to make sure a Remain supporting MP was returned instead of the Brexit supporting Tory candidate.
The Lib Dem leadership however decided they prefer Brexit over supporting any Labour candidate – even a strong Remainer like Rosie – and tried desperately to persuade four other local Lib Dem hopefuls to stand against her instead.
They all refused.
So Swinson and Lib Dem HQ – against bitter protests from local Lib Dems – have parachuted into Canterbury a candidate not just from outside Canterbury – but from a completely different county altogether.
Take a bow Claire Malcomson, local luvvie and councillor on Mole Valley District Council (in Surrey) …
… now Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Canterbury (in Kent):
As an actress, I’m sure Clare will be able to get the Kent accent down to T in time for door knocking – starting tomorrow.