31 March 2021
The Green Party today launches its local election campaign with a pledge to build a Green Recovery in every community across the country with a "revolution from the bottom up".
Ahead of the local elections on 6th May, the Greens are looking to build on their record results from the last local elections in 2019, which saw the party more than double their number of councillors.
This year, the party is looking to win even more seats and has pledged that each and every councillor will continue the hard work of those currently elected in bringing about a Green Recovery from the coronavirus pandemic which will tackle climate change and reduce inequality.
Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley officially launched the campaign in Battersea Park, London, today. Watch the replay here.
Ahead of the launch, Bartley said: “At the last local elections the Green Party doubled our number of councillors, which has proved absolutely vital over the last year as they have been the ones leading their communities and working hard to bring about a Green Recovery in their area.
“Greens make change. Whether it be motions to create thousands of jobs in retrofitting homes in Norwich, or the Green-led Brighton and Hove Council passing a motion with £26 million of climate action in it, we know what it takes to make sure we all recover from this pandemic in a way that offers a better future for everybody."
“After the long, dark winter of Covid we want to make sure that we bring spring into all our council chambers with new hope for a greener, more caring future. This year it is more vital than ever that Greens are elected so that we can fight for a fairer, Greener future for all.”
"We've shown that we can get elected, we're now playing a part in running 17 local councils."
Asked about green policies of the Conservative and Labour parties, he said that below the surface they are not "truly green". By spending £12 billion on fossil fuel subsidies and expanding airports, he said the Conservatives are not "dealing with the climate as an emergency."
"People know that a Green vote will deliver Green councils and deliver climate action."
For details about Green candidates standing in Adur, see our Local Elections page.