Tom Scott, the Green Party’s candidate for Truro and Falmouth at the next general election, has reacted to the news that the constituency’s sitting Conservative MP has decided not to stand for re-election.
“I can well understand why Ms Newton has made this decision. As an MP who campaigned for Remain in a Remain constituency, the prospect of having to defend Boris Johnson’s deeply flawed Withdrawal Agreement can’t have been an attractive one for her. I believe Ms Newton understands how damaging Brexit is likely to be for her constituents, and how strongly many of them feel that the best deal is the one we already have as a full EU member.
“It’s very possible that the toxic atmosphere of abusive and threatening language that we’ve seen since 2016 has contributed to Ms Newton’s decision, and this is something that I absolutely deplore.
“I disagreed strongly with Ms Newton and her party about pretty much everything, and often wrote to her to politely explain why. But I do recognise that she was a hard-working constituency MP who took her duties as a public servant seriously, and I strongly believe that we should treat our democratically elected representatives with respect, however much we may disagree with them.
“The next election in Truro and Falmouth has become even more interesting with Ms Newton’s decision. I believe that what we are seeing is the complete breakdown of the two-party system that has dominated our politics for nearly a century. Increasing numbers of people can see that this system has served us badly, and that the parties that have got us into this mess are not best placed to get us out of it.
“At the euro elections, the Green Party got its best ever result in Cornwall, with nearly 20% of the vote. Our share of the vote in Truro and Falmouth was considerably higher than that, and I know there will be many people voting Green here at the general election too.
“We have a full range of joined–up policies to address the two biggest challenges of our times – the climate emergency and Brexit – and I’m looking forward to putting these to people on the doorstep over the coming weeks.
“On Brexit, we are, unlike Labour, a clearly Remain Party. But unlike the Lib Dems we think that simply revoking Article 50 is not a sensible solution. The only way to show that Brexit is no longer the Will of the People is to ask them in a People’s Vote. That’s what a million people were marching for in London last week, and I was proud to be one of them.
“On the climate emergency, the Green Party is the only party that is serious about making the far-reaching changes that are needed if we are to get to a net-zero carbon economy in the very short time that we have left before it is too late. We know that in the euro elections this was the most important issue for many people, and we think that the same will be true for many people at the next general election.”