Greens announce final candidate numbers

12 May 2017

* Greens stand in 80% of seats in England and Wales*

* Jonathan Bartley, co-leader: “With Britain at a crossroads we're giving voters a real choice”

The Green Party will stand candidates in 80% of seatsin England and Wales on June 8 giving the majority of voters the chance to vote for a candidate who will fight for a new kind of politics.

Greens will stand in a total of 457 seats across England and Wales. At least 22 Greens stood aside to increase the chance of a progressive candidate beating the Conservatives. The Women’s Equality Party stood down for the Greens in five seats, while the Lib Dems stood down in one.

A total of 467 Green candidates will stand for election across the UK with bold policies to create a better Britain - including giving voters a final say on Brexit with the chance to stay in Europe

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

“The vast majority of people in England and Wales have the chance to vote Green. With Britain at a crossroads we're giving voters a real choice. 

"In a handful of seats Green Party members took the brave decision not to stand - and we're proud that our party has put the opportunity to create a more compassionate country above narrow political divides. 

"For a confident and caring country, vote Green on June 8th."

ENDS.

For more information: press@greenparty.org.uk / 0203 691 9401

Notes:

1.       Green candidates include:

·         Aimee Challenor, 19, in Coventry South: Aimee is Green Party LGBTIQA+ spokesperson and the only openly trans spokesperson of a UK Political Party.

·         Larry Sanders, 82, in Oxford East: Larry is Green Party health spokesperson and brother to US Senator Bernie Sanders.

·         Lawrence McNally, 18, in Cities of London and Westminster constituency: Lawrence is the Green Party’s youngest candidate.

 

  

2.       Green Party candidate numbers since 1974:

·         1974: 6

·         1977: 5

·         1979: 53

·         1983: 109

·         1987: 133

·         1992: 253

·         1997: 89

·         2001: 145

·         2005: 182

·         2010: 310

·         2015: 535

·         2017: 467






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