The South East Green Party has announced that all voters across the region will have the option to vote Green in the General Election, now that the Green Party has selected candidates for all the 84 seats in the region.
In the 2010 election Greens stood in 62% of seats. But a huge surge in Green membership and support means that candidates have been able to come forward in every constituency. In Oxfordshire membership has soared from 700 in January to 1350 now.
Chair of the South East Green Party, Jonathan Essex, who is standing in Reigate, said: “This time voters have a chance to support a real alternative to the same old parties everywhere in the South East – the Greens stand up for all including the most vulnerable in our society. A Green vote is a vote for hope.
“It is shocking that in such an affluent area we are feeding thousands of hungry people from food banks and that our young people can’t afford a home of their own”.
Green candidates want to see:
- An economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. The Greens support a minimum wage of £10 an hour, an end to zero hours contracts, a clampdown on corporate tax avoidance and a huge increase in social housing
- An end to private company involvement in the NHS and a reversal of the devastating cuts that are bringing the NHS to its knees
- A safe climate. The Greens are the only party in the South East which opposes expansion at both Heathrow and Gatwick airports, have tirelessly worked to protect the Green Belt, to oppose fracking, and to promote a cleaner environment for everyone
The top target for the Greens in the region is keeping Caroline Lucas in her Brighton Pavilion seat. She had a majority of 1250 at the last election. Other targets include Oxford East, where Ann Duncan is standing.
County and district council seats are also being contested in local elections across the regions, with Greens standing in a much higher proportion that ever before.
 Homes in the South East now cost 12 times the average salary. In 2013/14, no new homes were completed by local authorities in the South East. Keith Taylor MEP is running a series of public meetings based on his new report: “Everyone knows we have a housing crisis: let's do something about it". You can view the report here