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Lib Dem candidate for Ealing Central and Acton blasts Labour vote suggestion following Vince Cable recording

Jon Ball hit out at the suggestion Ealing Central and Acton constituents should vote Labour after Sir Vince Cable said he'd back Rupa Huq

Lib Dem candidate Jon Ball

The Lib Dem candidate for one of the UK's most marginal seats has urged voters to refrain from voting Labour, despite party colleague Sir Vince Cable saying he would vote for Rupa Huq.

Sir Vince said in a recording, obtained by Sky , he would "find it hard" to vote against Labour's Dr Huq for the Ealing Central and Acton seat.

The seat is one of the UK's most marginal after Dr Huq secured victory in 2015 with 22,002 votes, ahead of the Conservative's Angie Bray with 21,728.

Sir Vince, standing for the Twickenham seat he lost in 2015, made the comments after claiming his views were "almost identical" to Dr Huq's.

Lib Dem candidate for the seat, Jon Ball, declined to comment on the recording.

However, commenting on potential tactical votes for Labour, he told getwestlondon : "In reality, Labour don't stand a chance of holding the seat.

"So it is only me that can win it if the Conservatives do not.

"I'm out there campaigning, knocking on doors.

"She (Dr Huq) does not have a chance of winning it because she nominated Jeremy Corbyn and he is hugely unpopular."

For the 2017 general election, Mr Ball is up against Labour's Dr Huq and Conservative candidate Joy Morrissey.

The Green Party has already pulled out of the race to support Dr Huq , while UKIP is yet to announce its plans for the seat.

Dr Huq welcomed the comments made by Sir Vince, which were reportedly also backed by Lib Dem candidate for Richmond Park, Sarah Olney.

Dr Huq said: "In a tight race it’d be wrong to sacrifice a good independently minded pro-remain MP due to the personal vanity of the already twice-loser Lib Dem candidate standing to further his council bid in 2018.

"The Tory candidate is the only other one able to win and they’ve chosen a Brexit activist as their candidate who also supported the closure of local hospitals on Ealing Council.

"The Greens have already stood down in favour of my candidacy and it’s important that anyone tempted by the Lib Dems for their Brexit stance realises the consequences of their actions.

"To remain with a remainer, MP Huq is the only realistic option.

"Any other action, including staying at home, would result in a Brexiteer representing a seat which was 72% remain."

Responding to Dr Huq's comments, Tory candidate Mrs Morrissey said: "Voting for her (Dr Huq) will give Ealing a Corbynite MP in an irrelevant party, who will have no influence whatsoever on Theresa May's negotiations

"That is the real wasted vote in this election - unless she can spell out exactly to constituents how she will have the ear of a Conservative prime minister.

"Rupa Huq only wants to represent constituents who voted remain, as though the result of the referendum didn't happen.

"I want to represent all Ealing constituents, whether leave or remain, in order that Theresa May gets the best possible outcome for Britain.

"I am not a Brexit 'activist', I am a Brexit accepter. I did not support the closure of Ealing hospitals."

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