Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Basic campaign aims

I'm being absolutely honest when I say that we will not win Liverpool Riverside. New Labour got over 70% of the vote in 2001 and even with a substantial swing away from them, will hold this seat. Unsurprisingly faced with the same situation in 2001, voters didn't bother to go to the polls in Riverside, as they were unable to influence the result.

Our campaign in Riverside will let people know that although voting Labour (or Liberal Democrat) will have no effect on the result, a vote for the Green Party will have an impact. I'd also invite people to take the radical step of voting for a party they can believe in, rather than choosing the least worst option.

We didn't stand in 2001, but our share of the vote at the local elections for Riverside was over 10%. I'm optimistic that we can hold our deposit and my ambition is to ensure that the Tories finish a poor 4th behind us. Our constituency is symbolic for the Mersey region as it is Riverside and has a large area of land susceptible to flooding as the impact of climate change increases in the next decades. A strong vote here will resonate elsewhere on Merseyside.

A vote for the Greens is the only vote against PFI initiatives and the future privatisation of Liverpool's city centre. Labour and the Lib Dems are essentially singing from the same (neo-Conservative) songsheet.