The Green Party is to field a candidate in Burnley in the forthcoming General Election– but no-one has yet been selected.
The party says it will be fielding its largest ever number of candidates for Parliament and has announced six key themes for its campaign. Nationally the party is fighting almost 90% of seats and at least 75% of the North-West seats, but says these numbers could rise.
The Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Green Party is in the process of selecting candidates for all its three parliamentary areas, and is also encouraging more Green Party members to stand in the local elections on the same day, Thursday, May 7th.
A party spokesman said the increased appetite for Green values and policies was demonstrated by the Party’s best polling in a generation at the last European Elections and party membership has doubled in the past month. The party’s six key themes are in its election manifesto are:
l Greens will rebuild our economy so everyone gets a fair share.
l Greens will put the public at the heart of the NHS.
l Greens will ensure everyone has a secure, affordable place to live.
l Greens will take action on climate change to protect our planet.
l Greens will invest in and create a public transport system to be proud of.
l Greens will ensure every young person that wants to can access quality education.
Local Green Party campaigner David Penney said there has been an upsurge of local support recently and added: “The Green Party is the only political party which offers the voters on May 7th a radical alternative and real choice based on interlinked social, economic and environmental values and policies”. TheGreen candidate will so far be up against sitting LibDem MP Gordon Birtwistle, Labour’s Julie Cooper and UKIP’s Tom Commis, who have already announced their intention to stand.