14 May 2017
On Sunday 14th May, London Green Party launched its candidates and its General Election campaign. The party has selected 67 candidates to stand in constituencies across London and campaigning is already underway.
The launch took place in the Holborn and St Pancras constituency where Green Assembly Member Sian Berry is challenging Labour’s Kier Starmer for his seat.
Sian Berry AM said:
“We’re launching our campaign just a stone’s throw away from St Pancras station, a symbol of our connectedness with Europe here in London. Holborn & St Pancras didn’t vote for Brexit, yet its MP has failed to stand up for a strong deal. Unlike Keir Starmer, who voted to trigger Article 50 and has done little to oppose Theresa May’s plans for an extreme Brexit, Greens will continue to stand up for the rights of our EU citizens, for free movement for students and workers.”
Esther Obiri Darko, the party’s candidate for Tooting and spokesperson on Science and Technology will be speaking at the launch to kick-start the campaign. She said:
“The Green Party is the only party offering a truly progressive vision for Londoners. A Green MP would stand up for investment in our schools so we have enough teachers in our classrooms. They would stand up for those worst-affected by spending cuts – including those with disabilities and in need of care. A Green MP would stand up for our NHS, our patients and our doctors, and would speak up for young people – ensuring they are listened to and given a voice.
"We are the only party truly standing up to Theresa May’s reckless cuts and to her extreme Brexit. Labour have fought cuts to our public services, but have provided no opposition to Brexit. Lib Dems have positioned themselves as the voice of ‘remain’ but are still tarnished by their record in coalition.
"Only the Green Party is both a challenger to Theresa May’s hard Brexit, and the reckless social policies of the Conservatives. If you want to oppose cuts to public services, and extreme Brexit - the Green Party is the home for you.”
Among those attending Sunday's launch was Carmen Legarda, who has been selected by the Green Party to challenge Matthew Offord MP in Hendon.
As well as being a great candidate, Carmen is making history by being the first woman to stand in a general election in the UK, from the Filipino community.