Greens set to make history in London

5 May 2015

The latest polls suggest a recent surge in popularity will carry the Green Party to third place in London for the first time.

The poll by IpsosMORI puts the Greens on 11% in the capital, four points ahead of the Liberal Democrats.

It demonstrates a huge rise in support for the Greens in London since 2010 and cements their position as the third biggest party in the capital following their strong performance in the 2012 Mayoral and London Assembly elections.

The surge is being driven by the movement of former Labour and Liberal Democrat voters over to the party. Of those respondents who said they would be voting Green in Thursday's election, one in six had voted for the Liberal Democrats in 2010 and one in ten had voted for Labour.

Tom Chance, Co-Chair of the London Green Party and candidate for Lewisham West and Penge, said: "Of course this is exactly the news we want to be hearing just before the election but it reflects the feeling we've been getting on the ground throughout this campaign when our members have been out and about meeting voters.

"People are feeling let-down by politics in Britain and they're hungry for an alternative to the austerity message being served-up on a daily basis by the "established" parties.

"What is so exciting is that here in London we already have a great basis from which to deliver that change for voters. We finished third in the last Mayoral election. We have two assembly members, an MEP, and four councillors. This is giving us the base we need to build our influence and our presence.

"Voters can go out to the polls on 7 May knowing that by voting Green, they're contributing to a rapidly growing movement in London. We really are on the verge of making history."

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