As part of the national electoral agreement between the Green Party, the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru, Cornwall’s Green Party will not be standing a candidate in North Cornwall.
Cornwall Greens’ press officer and parliamentary candidate for Truro and Falmouth, Tom Scott, said:
“This was not an easy decision for the Green Party in Cornwall, but after consulting with our members we feel that this national agreement in a limited number of seats is a sensible way of helping to achieve two goals: stopping a hard-right government from pushing through a Brexit that would do great harm to our country, and returning more Green MPs to join Caroline Lucas at Westminster.
“We are in the middle of an accelerating climate emergency, and we desperately need more Greens at the heart of the political process to make sure that we start taking the urgent action needed to address it.
“No agreement like this is ever going to satisfy everyone, and there will be people saying that we should stand down in more seats, as well as people who say we should be running everywhere. We feel that this agreement strikes a fair balance.
“The huge plus from our point of view is that there is now a very good chance of seeing several more Green MPs in December. Here in Cornwall we’ll be working hard to build on our excellent result at the euro elections in May, and our five strong candidates will be making sure that the climate emergency is front and centre of the campaign.
“Of course, if we had a fairer electoral system that properly reflected support for smaller parties, this kind of alliance would not be necessary. The antiquated first-past-the-post system leads to large numbers of people feeling that their votes simply don’t matter.
“We think this feeling of being effectively disenfranchised was one of the factors that led to the result of the 2016 referendum, and we very much hope that one result of this election will be a government that commits to introducing a fairer and more representative system. This is an area on which Greens and Lib Dems are in strong agreement, and the most likely way for this to actually happen is through a coalition government in which both Greens and Lib Dems are involved.”
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Cornwall Green Party Media Officer and PPC for Truro and Falmouth