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sufi
20-01-2015, 09:16 PM
Green Party membership in UK is now bigger than UKIP or the Lib Dems


At the start of 2014, the total membership of the three Green Parties across the UK was around 15,000. As I write this in January 2015, its passed 51,000. Of that growth, most has happened in the space of three months much in the space of three days January 14, 15 and 16. From the start of September 2014 to January the 18th, the Green Party of England and Wales grew from 18,000 members to more around 43,500. The Scottish Greens went from from 1,800 to more than 8,250 members, and the Green Party of Northern Ireland from around 200 to over 350.
http://bright-green.org/green-movement/how-the-green-party-changed-itself-to-make-the-greensurge-possible/

Remarkable numbers, but still not enough to get them on the tv debates, it seems?

Patrick Swayze
21-01-2015, 08:16 PM
Will the TV debates even happen?

Hopefully this surge translates into votes anyway. I've never voted before but started volunteering for my local Green Party recently.

baboon2004
23-01-2015, 02:22 PM
What does the volunteering involve, out of interest? I thought a while back that it would be worthwhile helping out with election leafleting etc for the greens, should make good on that pledge...

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/01/greens-will-be-tv-debates-bbc-and-itv-propose-new-line-ups the TV debates seem likely to happen now, barring a last-minute renege (which can never be counted out of course).

I was looking through this http://voteforpolicies.org.uk/ the other day. It's yet to be updated for 2015 elections (still on 2010 policies), but very interesting nonetheless. Green support for a guaranteed minimum income still holds, I think. Reason enough to vote for them along with positive policies on housing (obviously, who else would you vote for anyway, at least if you live in the UK and want to vote for a party with some chance of getting MPs, no disrespect to the smaller parties?).

Patrick Swayze
24-01-2015, 11:28 AM
What does the volunteering involve, out of interest? I thought a while back that it would be worthwhile helping out with election leafleting etc for the greens, should make good on that pledge...

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/01/greens-will-be-tv-debates-bbc-and-itv-propose-new-line-ups the TV debates seem likely to happen now, barring a last-minute renege (which can never be counted out of course).

I was looking through this http://voteforpolicies.org.uk/ the other day. It's yet to be updated for 2015 elections (still on 2010 policies), but very interesting nonetheless. Green support for a guaranteed minimum income still holds, I think. Reason enough to vote for them along with positive policies on housing (obviously, who else would you vote for anyway, at least if you live in the UK and want to vote for a party with some chance of getting MPs, no disrespect to the smaller parties?).

I think a big reason to vote Green is to scare Labour into moving to the left (or at least not moving any further right) post-2015

As for volunteering - it's really dependent on what you want/are able to do. In my case I manage social media, write press releases and liaise with local reporters.

sufi
28-01-2015, 01:04 PM
more here:
http://www.counterfire.org/articles/analysis/17641-the-green-surge-and-the-new-politics-in-britain