Green Party chooses Bristol to launch its election campaign

April 28 2017

The Green Party began its national election campaign on April 20 with a high profile launch at Clifton’s Avon Gorge Hotel.

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The Green Party began its national election campaign on April 20 with a high profile launch at Clifton’s Avon Gorge Hotel. 

Co-leaders, Caroline Lucas MP and Jonathan Bartley, were supporting MEP Molly Scott Cato who will stand against Labour’s Thangam Debbonaire in Bristol West, a main target seat of the Green Party. 

The difficulties faced by young people are a significant part of Molly Scott Cato’s campaign. Calls to extend voting rights to 16-year olds and an end to student debt should all play well in a constituency that includes much of Bristol University.

Molly Scott Cato said: “Look at the gulf opening up between young and old people. The only thing that young people can count on is debt.

“It’s time to reverse elitism and division in our education section and make education a right, not a privilege.

“Last June, we saw a horrendous example of not giving votes to 16 and 17-year-olds with the Brexit referendum. This was a decision that will impact 16-year-olds for the rest of their lives and they had to sit back and watch.”

Co-leader of the Green party and their only current MP, Caroline Lucas said: “Winning Bristol West is within our grasp. I can’t wait to see Molly in Parliament. This is an opportunity to vote for a genuinely progressive party.”

An enthusiastic crowd cheered messages about strong environmental protections after Brexit, a ratification referendum, rent controls and proposals for a hi-tech hub in Bristol focused on sustainable energy development.

Labour MP Thangam Debbonaire won the Bristol West constituency with 36 per cent of the vote in 2015, defeating the sitting MP, Liberal Democrat Stephen Williams. Darren Hall, who along with Stephen Williams is standing for election as Metro Mayor this May, gained 27 per cent of the vote for the Green Party at the last election.