ChangeUK have announced their European election candidates today
As Change UK launches its European election campaign, the Green Party of England and Wales has accused the group of being just a “single issue party”.
The Greens’ MEP for the South-West of England Molly Scott-Cato said:
“Change UK are a single-issue Party with no coherent policy platform beyond opposing Brexit. This is a re-branding exercise for former Conservative and Labour politicians who presided over cuts to public services and the relentless growth in inequality. And we have no idea which group in the European Parliament any elected MEPs would join.”
“Greens on the other hand are the most electorally successful pro-EU Party standing in this election and Green votes are more likely to send pro-EU MEPs to Brussels than votes for any other party. We are standing candidates in all 28 EU nations and polls suggest Greens will increase their number of MEPs.”
“We are unflinchingly pro-European. We have led the national movement for a people’s vote and unequivocally defend freedom of movement – the right to study, work, travel and love across our continent.”
“But Greens are also a Party that deliver change not just talk about it. We have a strong track record on developing rules to tackle tax avoidance by corporations and wealthy individuals; we are strong on climate, shifting finance away from fossil fuels and dirty industries towards green sectors; we’ve succeeded in protecting whistleblowers while getting tough on the corporate lobbyists stalking the corridors of EU institutions.
“This is why European Greens, standing in all 28 EU nations, are united under a banner of We Change Europe.”
The Green Party of England and Wales currently has three MEPs. One each in the South-East, South-West and London.
They are part of the Greens/European Free Alliance group in the European Parliament, which has 51 MEPs across Europe.
ChangeUK announced some of its candidates for the European elections today. They included Boris Johnson’s sister Rachel, BBC journalist Gavin Esler and former Labour and Conservative politicians.
Joe Lo is a reporter for Left Foot Forward
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