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Green Party gets the thumbs up from Voice readers

OFFERING REAL CHANGE: Green Party leader Natalie Bennett

WHEN RESEARCH from University College London (UCL) revealed the Green Party had fewer ethnic minority candidates standing in the upcoming general election than any other major party – including UKIP – the party was backed into an uncomfortable corner.

The news hasn’t, however, deterred its potential to generate candidates nor turned off potential voters from the black community.

In a Voice poll asking which political party our readers trusted the most, 29 per cent of them voted in favour of the Green Party placing it in second position behind Labour (50 per cent) and ahead of incumbent Coalition parties the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, with six per cent each.

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett said: “Ethnic minority voters are being attracted to the Green Party in increasing numbers…because we are the only party offering real change...[They are] particularly attracted by our policies on immigration, international relations, policing and climate change.”

CHALLENGING

In south London, Esther Obiri-Darko, a member of the party since 2011, is challenging Labour incumbent Sadiq Khan.

The chemistry teacher said: “I am passionate about young people and their role and importance in our communities and am concerned about the diminishing services for them.”

The women’s rights campaigner has worked relentlessly as a member of the UN Women UK and WWAFE (Women Worldwide Advancing Freedom and Equality) to challenge the issues facing women both domestically and internationally.

Contesting the outgoing Dulwich and West Norwood Labour MP Tessa Jowell’s seat is self-employed father-of-four, Rashid Nix.

The passionate campaigner, who has sought to address voter apathy amongst the black community, is widely recognised for his spirited campaign in Brixton during last May’s local elections, where he finished in second place after Labour.

He said: “Green issues are universal…regardless of creed, class, colour or culture. And as more people tune out from the same old stale, ideologically bankrupt, political arguments as before, the Greens are a real beacon for those who want something new.”

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