Caroline Lucas has been Britain’s only Green Party MP since 2010 and has made a tremendous difference in helping to push forward a Green agenda in parliament.
For the General Election on 12 December 2019, the Greens have agreed an electoral arrangement with the Lib Dems and Plaid Cymru, with the help of Unite to Remain. Only one of the three parties will stand in a number of selected seats with the others standing aside.
In Taunton Deane, the Green Party’s parliamentary candidate, Clive Martin, is standing aside for this year’s general election to ensure that the Remain vote can be unified to prevent a Tory candidate from being successful in our constituency. Gideon Amos will be standing for the Liberal Democrats, who came second in 2017 with 28% of the vote.
Top target seats for the Green Party, where the Lib Dems are standing aside, are:
- Brighton Pavilion (Caroline Lucas won in 2017 with 52%)
- Bristol West (Green Party came second in 2015 with 27%)
- Isle of Wight (Green Party came 3rd in 2015 and 2017)
- Stroud (Molly Scott-Cato MEP standing)
Other target seats with Green Unite to Remain candidates are:
- Bury St Edmunds
- Cannock Chase
- Dulwich and West Norwood
- Forest of Dean
- Vale of Glamorgan
Other South West seats where Green Party candidates are standing aside include: Bath, Cheltenham, Totnes and Wells.
In the European elections earlier this year, the Green Party secured more votes than the Conservatives, with the Greens receiving the most votes of all parties in Brighton and Hove, Bristol and Norwich and , and coming second in Sheffield, Cambridge and Oxford.
The Green Party’s election campaign was launched in Bristol on 6 November.