Ofcom’s initial view that the Green Party of England and Wales should not be added to its major party list for the purposes of the May 2015 elections fails the electorate and democracy, says the Green Party.
The Green Party will be providing a full response to Ofcom’s consultation on the political parties it lists as ‘major parties’ ahead of the General Election and will be consulting with lawyers on the initial view, which the Party considers entirely out of step with the increasingly broad spread of British political opinion.
Natalie Hurst, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Brigg & Goole, spoke out against the gagging at a meeting of the North Lincolnshire Green Party held in Epworth on Saturday.
“Ofcom’s decision is based on past electoral support and takes no notice of the recent radical changes to the UK’s political landscape. It excludes young, first time and previously disaffected voters by giving undue weight to ‘past electoral support’ and ignoring the surge in popularity of the Green Party.”
Natalie is asking local voters to send a message to OFCOM, she added: “Tell them that the people of this area deserve to hear from all political parties in the run up to the 2015 General Election and not just the political old guard of Tory, Labour and LibDem. You can do that by taking part in Ofcom’s consultation exercise, where you can tell them what you think of their decision to deny the Greens both major party status and equal media coverage in the run up to the General Election.”
Consultation link: Consultation link