Socialist Worker

Greens pick up left vote across the country

by Matthew Cookson
Issue No. 2155

The Green Party made a number of gains in last week’s elections.

They saw their vote percentage increase by almost half in the European elections, as they won over 1.2 million votes.

Caroline Lucas in South West and Jean Lambert in London were both re-elected to the European parliament.

The Greens polled strongly across the country, narrowly missing out on winning more seats in Eastern, Yorkshire & the Humber and North West,

The Greens also came first in Brighton and Hove with 31 percent of the vote and Norwich with 25 percent, leading many commentators to believe that they could win there in a future general election.

They also made a small number of breakthroughs in the county council elections, making four gains and retaining 12 seats.

It is clear that the Greens won the majority of the left vote, as many people voted for their anti-war policies, their pledge to create a million new jobs through the Green New Deal and their many other progressive policies.

But the Greens are not, fundamentally, a left wing party.

In fact, they often distance themselves from progressive movements and look to individualistic solutions to solving the world’s problems.

The Greens even went into coalition with the Tories and the Liberal Democrats on Leeds council.

The problems with the party stem from the fact that it is essentially a middle class party, which is not rooted in the working class.


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