Frequently asked question on the Green Party GE 2017 policy on electoral alliances.

Frequently asked question on the Green Party GE 2017 policy on electoral alliances.

Our Co-leader Caroline Lucas MP has been at the forefront of negotiating progressive alliances with other parties where both parties find a mutual benefit.
The proportion of Green Party votes is on the ascendant and the increased number of candidates nominated by the Green Party at all levels of government gives more opportunity for our supporters to vote for the Green Party raising the profile of our policies and increasing our power to influence government policy.

The question of whether/when a local branch such as TGP could make an electoral alliance has been carefully considered by the Green Party of England and Wales including consultations with all Green Party Members. This resulted in a motion being passed at the Green Party Spring Conference that determined the conditions when an electoral alliance might be beneficial and in accord with the GPEW policies. We attended the Spring Conference and reported back to TGP members at our recent business meeting and again in response to members questions at the EGM.

For your information the elements that would be required for an alliance to be considered are that the Parliamentary seat in question would be marginal, and there would be an agreed mutual benefit for both parties, and the other participant’s policies would be in accord with the GPEW; in particular on proportional representation and environmental sustainability.

The constituency of Hexham is not a marginal seat so would not qualify on that account. If TGP had decided not to stand a candidate nobody could know how the TGP voters would use their vote; therefore in this scenario TGP would be the certain loser, and the likely gain/loss to other parties would be unknown except to the individual voters; who might chose to vote for any other party.

In any event members of Tynedale Green Party would not agree to an electoral alliance without reference to the North East England Regional Council Officers and the policies of GPEW members.

Barbara Grundey
Co-ordinator Tynedale Green Party

30th April 2017

We’re Standing in Hexham


On Wednesday the 26th April at an EGM, Tynedale Green Party members voted unanimously to stand a candidate in the Hexham Constituency for the General Election on June 8th.ballot-box

The Candidate will be announced to the public after the Tynedale Green Party Members ballot late next week.

Local Election Broadcast

Just a quick note to say that our 12 County Council candidates allowed the North East Green Party to qualify for BBC television coverage during the elections.

The criteria was candidates standing in 1/6th of the available seats or 33 to be precise. We squeaked in with exactly 33!!!

Follow the link to see the last broadcast



Green Party bookies early favourite in Bristol West


Paddy Power has released betting odds on Bristol West for the up-coming General Election which show The Green Party as favourites to win the seat which is currently held by Labour. The Liberal Democrats are in a distant third place. The polling comes after Electoral Calculus earlier seat predictions that saw The Green Party taking the seat with the Liberal Democrats slipping to fourth.

Commenting on the results the Green candidate for Bristol West, Molly Scott Cato MEP, said

“ThMolySCCese results are clear. Green politics has sown the seeds of hope in Bristol and we are now seeing electoral results grow out of this. We already have 11 Green Councillors in the city doing great work. We now have a chance to make history in June by electing the first Green MP for the city. She continued,

“Today marks the beginning of the Green Party’s campaign for a bold, positive future for our country – in wholehearted opposition to the extreme Brexit and far-right agenda threatened by another five years Tory government. It is great to see the betting companies reinforce what many here in Bristol already know – that the Greens are best placed to oppose this awful Tory government.