Greens Call for Grown-up Politics
In a dramatic move to shift the political landscape, West Cornwall Green Party has made the decision that their prospective General Election candidate for St Ives will stand down – for the common good.
At a recent meeting, members overwhelmingly agreed that – for the 2017 General Election only – Greens should put their weight behind Geoff Garbett, who will be standing for the Greens in the Camborne, Redruth and Hayle constituency.
And over in the St Ives constituency, Greens will keep up the pressure on other candidates to adopt a progressive agenda rather than fielding their own candidate. “We are very disappointed that – despite the efforts of Party Leader Caroline Lucas – other parties have not agreed to support one another”, said Jonathan How of Penzance. “We would have liked to see an agreement – but in the absence of one, we in St Ives are taking the first step to create an effective and united challenge to the Tory government.”
In the absence of any national agreement with the other opposition parties, despite Green efforts, branch representative Linda Camidge emphasised on Radio Cornwall today that the West Cornwall Greens were not endorsing any of the other St Ives candidates.
“The announcement of the June election was sudden and cynical”, commented Karen La Borde, who had been selected as Green candidate for the constituency, “and the response of the other opposition parties nationally has been short-sighted and unimaginative. They still seem to be stuck in the 20th century, each still hoping to form majority government”.
“Rather than fighting this election on Theresa May’s terms, as a re-run of the EU referendum, we will be pressing candidates of other parties for undertakings in three key areas”, said Branch Membership Secretary John Rawles. “We want to see a real commitment to social justice, action on climate change, and improved prospects for young people – which includes getting them to register and vote”.
Contact Linda Camidge, Press Officer for West Cornwall Green Party, on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01736 365429.