With one Member of Parliament currently, the Green Party are targeting seats across Britain in the 2017 General Election, and campaigning on a range of issues.
The Green Party is unusual in having two leaders, who lead the party together- the Green Party’s first and only Member of Parliament, Caroline Lucas, and Jonathan Bartley.
In some seats, the Greens have made deals with other parties in order to prevent seats going to Conservative candidates. In Brighton Pavillion, Caroline Lucas’s constituency, the Liberal Democrats have agreed not to field a candidate, and the party will not be contesting the Conservative held seat of Shipley, where the Women’s Equality Party are running, in addition to other Labour-held seats which could suffer losses.
The party has released five key general election priorities:
Stand up for renters
Pledge to build 500,000 socially rented homes, to introduce rent controls and to introduce a Landlord Licensing Scheme
Stand up for our NHS
A commitment to ensure that the NHS is only funded by public money and that all services are delivered by public services, rather than private companies. Mental health and physical health will be given equal funding and investment,
Stand up for young people
Tuition fees will be-wait for it- SCRAPPED under the Greens, and the Education Maintenance Grant will be reinstated. A UK equivalent of the EU Higher Education Funding will be created.
Stand up for our rights
A referendum on Brexit will be held once the terms of our exit from the European Union have been agreed, where voters can choose either to accept the deal or remain in the EU. Crucially, 16 and 17 year olds will be allowed to vote in the referendum.
Stand up for our environment
Investing in renewables and sustainable sources of energy, working together to stop climate change and protecting the environment from threats such as fracking.
Other notable policies announced by the Greens were included in their ‘women’s manifesto’ which pledges to decriminalise prostitution and to end pay freezes for public sector workers.