THE Green Party will not withdraw their candidate in Hampstead and Kilburn after members voted to keep John Mansook on the June 8 ballot paper, it is understood.
Labour’s Tulip Siddiq spoke for around 90 minutes in front of a Green Party meeting last night and her supporters believe there were areas of common ground on issues such as fracking, Trident, HS2, electoral reform – and the potential for a Tory landslide government.
But with Labour pressing ahead with fielding a candidate in Brighton Pavilion and in the Isle of Wight, two constituencies where they are unlikely to win but areas key to the Greens, it is understood members felt the peace offerings were all going one way in terms of a a ‘progressive alliance’. The party has already stood aside in several areas including Ealing, Richmond and Brighton Kemptown.
Tulip has herself already called for Labour to stand down in those areas but the plea has so far fallen on deaf ears up top. The deadline for this game of stick or twist to reach a conclusion is fast approaching.
The Greens polled vote acores greater than the winning Labour majority in Hampstead and Kilburn at the last two elections.
Mr Mansook said this lunchtime: “Any electoral alliance needs to be a true alliance, not a one way street. Sadly there hasn’t been any movement towards this from the Labour Party nationally. While we are very grateful to Tulip for coming to speak to us and advocating electoral alliances publicly in recent days, any decision to stand aside would have been very difficult knowing Labour are not likely to reciprocate. One of the Green Party’s key platforms in the upcoming campaign will be to change our unfair voting system, so that discussions like this are unnecessary and people can vote for what they believe in.”
Here’s the text of the resolution passed at the meeting
The members of the Brent and Camden Green parties living in the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency resolve:
1) To publicly thank Tulip Siddiq for meeting the parties, for the efforts she has made to secure a progressive alliance for the 2017 General Election and the undertakings she has made to work for a progressive alliance in future
2) With regret, unless the Labour Party agrees to the reasonable demands of the Green Party nationally to withdraw the Labour candidates in Brighton and the Isle of Wight by noon on Wednesday 10 May, we will submit our nomination for John Mansook to be our candidate.
3) If an agreement is reached nationally, the election agent is instructed not to submit our candidate’s nomination