Layla Moran, Liberal Democrat candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon, has been selected by More United members along with 35 candidates from key marginal seats including Rosie Duffield, Labour, Luciana Berger, Liberal Democrat, and Paul Masterton, Conservative. The movement will provide funds and a boost of on the ground volunteers to help them get elected. More candidates selected will be announced over the coming weeks.
More United aims to crowdfund £250,000 over the course of the election and recruit a national network of volunteers who will turn out to support candidates locally. The unique model aims to elect more progressive candidates from different parties to shift the balance of parliament away from extremism and reform politics.
Candidates selected by More United all share values of opportunity, openness, tolerance, democracy and care for the environment, and sign a pledge to stand up for these values as MPs. Once elected they will join a cross-party network to build consensus and campaign together on issues including social care, the environment and mental health. In the last election, More United support helped elect 34 MPs and the More United MP network grew to over 57 MPs from seven parties working together in Parliament.
Commenting, Layla Moran said:
“I am so proud to have been endorsed by More United, a cross-party movement making politics less extreme and less tribal, who I worked with in the last parliament and will work with again if re-elected.
“If we want to heal a divided Britain, politicians must work across party lines to come together beyond the election and put the national interest first to move the country forward.”
Tabitha Morton, CEO of More United said:
“This election we have an ambitious plan to flood Parliament with MPs who care more about the country’s issues than party tribalism. MPs who care more about compromise than their own careers. By coming together to back these candidates who will work to find common ground, put country above party, and raise the bar in Parliament, we can build a better politics.”
About More United
More United is a 150,000 strong movement giving people the chance to influence politics. In 2016 More United raised the biggest political crowdfund in British history and then established the first permanent cross-party MP Network in Parliament with 58 MPs from seven parties. The Network and More United supporters changed Government policy four times in just 12 months. More United uses crowdfunding to help elect MPs who back our values, regardless of what party they are from.
More United stands for unity and inclusion in politics - we reject hatred and division. We will only support future MPs who sign up to these values:
- Opportunity: a country where people can live side by side without fear
- Tolerance: a free, diverse society where our differences are celebrated and respected
- Democracy: real influence over politics
- Environment: a country which protects the environment for future generations
- Openness: a country which seeks to build alliances with other countries