A letter from 30 Labour PPCs to the Observer has been prominently featured today and has earnt top billing on the BBC news and current affairs programmes this morning. The letter calls on Ed Miliband to make public ownership of the railways a key part of Labour policy going into the general election.
Rupert Read the Green Party spokesperson for Transport issued the following response:
“After many years of being in government, sitting and watching the privatised rail monopolies rake in huge profits, are Labour about to do something? Or at least “consider” doing something?
“The Labour Party might finally be starting to catch up with the Green Party, on this key issue
“The truth is that the British public have been down this road before with the Labour party and they have been let down time and again. You simply can’t trust Labour to do what they say they are going to do.”
“Caroline Lucas MP has a bill in the House of Commons right now calling for exactly this. Labour had more than a decade in government to do something about this and they didn’t lift a finger to help.
“This is a flagship Green Party policy; Caroline Lucas has made it central to her agenda; the media really ought to report that Labour is hardly engaging in original thinking: simply stumbling falteringly toward something that voters can already plump for in unadulterated form by voting Green.”
The letter from the Labour PPCs come as another poll shows the Greens overtaking the Liberal Democrats in the European Elections. The Green Party is on course to return its highest ever number of MEPs on May 22nd.
Notes to Editors:
> YOUGOV: GREENS OUTPOLL LIB-DEMS IN EAST
> New polling has the Green
> Party on track to both finish ahead of the Liberal Democrats nationally
> and achieve the target of trebling the number of Greens in the European
> Parliament from two to six.
> Polling prepared by YouGov Plc on behalf
> of the Green Party (1), predicts the Green Party is on course to win 8%
> of the vote (see polling attached). The poll was conducted between 30
> April and 1 May 2014.
> The Green Party, which currently has two MEPs
> (Jean Lambert and Keith Taylor) are neck-and-neck with the Liberal
> Democrats. Greens are ahead of the Lib Dems in four of the nine English
> regions (the North-East, the North-West, Yorks and Humber and Eastern
> Region) with both parties polling on 11% in London.
> IN THE EAST OF
> ENGLAND, THE POLL SHOWS LIB-DEMS ON 6% WITH GREENS ON 7%.
> Bennett, Green Party Leader, said:
> "We have now entered the election
> period and Green candidates are finally getting a little more airtime
> and access. Voters are responding, whereas it seems the more voters
> focus on the Lib Dems the less likely they are to vote for them."
> Greens believe that if they can snatch 4th place in terms of seats, it
> is going to force Nick Clegg out.
> Rupert Read, a former Liberal
> Democrat, now lead candidate for the Greens in Eastern region,
> "Two years ago, the Liberal Democrats were split 50/50 on
> whether Clegg should lead them into the next election. We know that the
> debates were disastrous for the Liberal Democrats, and his tactical
> mistake boosted UKIP's campaign. Clegg's continued leadership of the
> party is under threat and the biggest story coming out of this election
> will be Clegg's resignation. That will depend on the Green Party result,
> more than that of UKIP. "
> Natalie Bennett continued:
> "When people
> hear about our worked-through policies – cleaning up our dangerously
> dirty air, turning the minimum wage into a Living Wage, providing more
> affordable housing and insulating every home – they vote Green. And when
> they vote Green they get Green. With a national swing of just 1.7% we
> can treble our number of MEPs."
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> NOTES FOR EDITORS:
> All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total
> sample size was 1,813 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 30th
> April – 1st May 2014. The survey was carried out online. The figures
> have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).
> Regional voting figures are based on unrepresentative samples and so the
> findings will not be accurate of all adults living in these areas. As
> such the data should be used anecdotally and the margin of error ranges
> from between 8% and 12% in these regions."
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