Green Party Selects Polegate Parliamentary Candidate

Friday 28th April 2017

eastbourne buzz news - Lewes Green Party

The Green Party is the latest the declare their candidate for the General Election in Polegate.

Katie Hawks, who is a teacher, buildings conservationist and long-standing Green Party activist, has been selected to contest the seat in the Lewes constituency.

In response to questions about a 'progressive alliance', with candidates standing down in key seats to encourage tactical voting, local party elections coordinator Anthony Shuster said, “As we head into the final days of the County Council election campaign, where there is an exciting opportunity to elect Johnny Denis as the first Green County Councillor in East Sussex, in the Ringmer and Lewes Bridge division, we in Lewes District Greens have heard many local people call for a 'progressive alliance' in Lewes for the General Election.

“We can reveal that we have approached the LibDems to try and reach an agreement on shared goals, including the most important one for all progressive, pro-Europe voters in Lewes - unseating our fervently pro-hard-Brexit Conservative MP.

“Greens welcome the decision by Brighton Liberal Democrats to stand down their candidate in Brighton Pavilion in the spirit of a 'progressive alliance'. The Green Party has been calling for cooperation between progressive parties since the day this election was announced.

“However, calls for the Greens to stand down in Lewes must be matched with a balanced gesture from the Liberal Democrats.

“Any 'progressive alliance' between parties seeking to deny Theresa May a mandate to pursue a hard Brexit must focus on supporting candidates who can win seats from the Conservatives.
'There is no prospect of a Tory win in Brighton Pavilion. More is needed than empty gestures.

“Instead, the LibDems must consider standing down in a seat where Greens are best placed to beat the Tories – such as the Isle of Wight.

“We have suggested a range of options to the LibDems that would indicate a clear willingness on their part to work together to achieve progressive goals. Unfortunately they are not prepared to offer any serious level of cooperation.

“They appear to be holding out for a 'deal' with Lewes, based on their decision not to stand in Brighton Pavilion: a decision which, although encouraging as a show of support for Caroline Lucas, does not build the emerging 'progressive alliance' in a balanced way.

“We will look to resume talks with the LibDems, so that we can move closer to securing the result we all hope for: defeat for Theresa May's hard Brexit agenda, and a voice in Parliament for the progressive, pro-Europe majority in our community.”

So far, Kelly-Marie Blundell has been confirmed as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the seat, with Maria Caulfield standing for the Conservatives. The Labour Party and UKIP are yet to declare.

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