Green Party leaders react to Corbyn victory and call on him to make a pact to beat the Conservatives

24 September 2016

* Jonathan Bartley: ‘It’s absolutely crucial that those of us on the progressive side of politics work together to best oppose what the Conservatives are doing to Britain’

* Caroline Lucas: ‘Jeremy’s re-election is a vote of confidence in the principles which he represents. His task now is not only to bring own party together, but to present bold policies which genuinely address the biggest challenges we face today.’

The Green Party has welcomed the news that Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected as leader of the Labour Party.

Jonathan Bartley and Caroline Lucas said Corbyn's first job must be bringing his own party together before joining with other progressives to form a grassroots led progressive alliance. 

Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party, said:

“We send congratulations to Jeremy on being re-elected as Labour leader. After a bitter summer of infighting the Labour party should now unite around him for the sake of the country. 

"The next few months will be defining for Britain with post-referendum negotiations being handled with reckless abandon and a potentially devastating Autumn statement. 

"It’s absolutely crucial that those of us on the progressive side of politics work together to best oppose what the Conservatives are doing to Britain – and begin discussions on how a grassroots led progressive alliance might best deliver a better Government for Britain at the next election.”

Caroline Lucas, MP and co-leader of the Green Party, said:

“Jeremy’s re-election is a vote of confidence in the principles which he represents. His task now is not only to bring own party together, but to present bold policies which genuinely address the biggest challenges we face today. 

"For a start we’re urging Jeremy to embrace a fair electoral system for the House of Commons, and to follow the views of his members by working with other progressives on a cross-party basis. 

"The challenges of the 21st century require a modern, cross-party politics of big ideas. We look forward to working with Jeremy to oppose the Conservatives and to bring about a progressive Government at the next election.”






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