Greens call for cross-party pact to challenge Tories at next election

29 June 2016

Green Party leaders have written an open letter to other parties exploring the possibility of forming a progressive electoral alliance ahead of any potential ‘snap’ election later this year.

 

Writing to Jeremy Corbyn, Tim Farron, and Leanne Wood, leading Greens said:

 

“In a spirit of openness and transparency, we are writing to you as leaders of parties which oppose Brexit, to invite you to a cross-party meeting to explore how we best rise to the challenge posed by last week’s vote to Leave the EU.  

 

“We have a UK Government in chaos, an economy facing a crisis and people up and down the country facing serious hardship. There is an urgent need to make a stand against any austerity and the slashing of environmental legislation, human and workers’ rights, that may come with Brexit. 

 

“With the growing likelihood of an early General Election, the importance of progressive parties working together to prevent the formation of a Tory-UKIP-DUP government.

 

“This is an opportunity to recognise that a more plural politics is in the Left’s electoral and political interests.”

 

Natalie Bennett added: “Central to such a progressive alliance would be a commitment to proportional elections for the House of Commons and an elected second chamber.”