Eastern region Greens issue formal complaint to Euro election returning officer
The Green Party in the Eastern region is issuing a formal complaint to the European Elections returning officer about the Lib-Dem party’s conduct in the European election campaign.
The complaint centres on false claims in a Lib-Dem leaflet that the Green Party has ‘no chance’ of getting enough votes in the eastern region to elect a Green MEP.
This claim contradicts evidence in several recent independent opinion polls which suggest the Green Party is on its way to winning it first Green MEP in the region and several more nationally.
An ICM poll, in the SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, May 31, records the Greens likely to win 11% of the vote and EIGHT seats at the European elections on June 4th. The party currently has 2 MEPs in the South East and London. http://tinyurl.com/mhw256
The poll puts the “resurgent” Greens on 11% – and ahead of UKIP on 10%.
The ICM poll comes hot on the heels of a Populus poll in the Times giving the Greens 10%.
A Green Party spokesperson said:
‘In total, SIX polls in the last 2 weeks have consistently predicted the Greens will receive between 9% and 11% of the national vote share for the European elections, enough to make several gains and enough to elect a Green MEP in the Eastern region.
‘This Lib-dem assertion is patently untrue, cannot be substantiated and contradicts all the recent opinion polls. I doubt that the party is not looking at polling information – so this is a simple attempt to mislead the public using a falsehood. Such cynical tactics will not restore public confidence in politics.
‘The Green Party will just continue to state its case and let the public decide. It’s the voters who decide the result – not the LibDems!’
About Norwich Green Party
- It has 13 Norwich City Councillors (Labour 15, Lib-Dems 6 Tories 5)
- It has 2 Norfolk County Councillors serving Norwich county wards and a strong chance of making gains on 4th June.
- Norwich City Council Green Party group leader, Councillor Adrian Ramsay, is the Green Party’s national Deputy Leader and GP’s Parliamentary Candidate for the Norwich South constituency in the next General Election.
In the 2008 Norwich City Council elections, the Green Party secured the greatest % of votes cast in the Norwich South area – and can win the Norwich South Parliamentary seat in the next General Election.
- Norwich City Councillor Rupert Read is the GP’s lead candidate in the Eastern Region, for the European Elections. As there are seven seats and a proportional representation system, he needs about 10% of the vote to be elected.