The Green Party candidate for Norwich North is Dr. Rupert Read, a Norwich city councillor and UEA lecturer who narrowly missed election as an MEP in the recent European elections.
Rupert Read said today:
“After the gloom of the economic downturn and the scandal surrounding MPs expenses, which has sullied all three main parties, the Greens are offering a fresh new approach. We want cleaner politics as well as consideration for the environment underpinning every aspect of policy.
“For the first time ever, the national spotlight will be on the Green Party in a byelection campaign and our prospects are being taken extremely seriously. The big three parties have everything to lose. The Green Party has everything to gain.”
Dr Read, who has previously won plaudits for his Party’s ‘Clean Campaign Pledge’, recently saw a huge expansion of the Green vote in the east of England after his campaign for the European elections and came within 1% of securing a seat.
Green support peaked strongly in their emerging stronghold of Norwich, where the Greens came out on top with about 25% of the vote, a tremendous achievement and one which shows that the Green Party and Dr Read will be a major force in the forthcoming coming by-election. In Norwich North, the Green Party won two Council seats for the first time, giving it new momentum. (Labour won just one seat, and the Lib-Dems none at all).
NOTE: CAROLINE LUCAS MEP, GREEN PARTY LEADER, WILL BE IN NORWICH ON TUESDAY JUNE 30TH.
FURTHER INFORMATION / INTERVIEWS
Rupert Read: 01603 219294 / 07946 459066
About Norwich Green Party
• It has 13 Norwich City Councillors (Labour 15, Lib-Dems 6 Tories 5)
• It has 7 Norfolk County Councillors serving 7 of the 13 Norwich county wards.
• 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 2009 local 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.
• In the 2009 European election, the Green Party secured more votes than any other party in the Norwich City Council area, gaining 25%.