Tuesday, 11 November 2014

BBC's by-election debate sparks new call for Green inclusion in General Election debate

In the wake of the BBC's broadcast of the debate with candidates in the Rochester and Stood by-election, which saw overwhelming opinion that Clive Gregory, the Green Party Candidate, had won the hearts and minds of viewers, Kent Greens have written again to the BBC to demand inclusion in next year's General Election Leaders' debate.

Over 200,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Greens to be in the televised leaders' debates next year. Recent polling has put the Green Party ahead of the Lib Dems.

Stuart Jeffery, Chair of Kent Green Party and Candidate for Canterbury, commented: "I have been in correspondence with the BBC over the past few weeks as exclusion from next year's debate is fundamentally undemocratic. In the wake of the response from last night's debate, I will be stepping up the pressure from Kent.

"Last night it became clear that being able to get our distinctive message across in a televised debate demonstrated to the public just how in tune our thinking is with theirs. The response of the audience, people on Twitter, and on the phone-in on Radio Kent afterwards overwhelmingly showed that Clive Gregory was the best candidate with the best ideas.

"The Green Party is soaring in the polls, regularly ahead of the Lib Dems, despite our low level of national media coverage.

"Being able to have a voice in politics is central to a democracy. Until our leader can take part in next year's debate, democracy will not be served."

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