Why the Green Party is so delighted with the Labour election result

Louis Dor
Saturday 12 September 2015 15:10
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Following the expected, yet controversial, announcement of Jeremy Corbyn as the new Labour Leader, it seems everyone is letting their two cents be known.

Amid the sea of hot-takes and reaction, the Green Party has announced that it welcomes Labour's move to the left.

The party shares a lot of political ground with Corbyn's policies, including his opposition to austerity and Trident, and his position on the refugee crisis.

Natalie Bennett tweeted, upon the announcement, that Corbyn's leadership signalled the end to 'Thatcherite Britain'.

In a statement, the Green Party leader added:

The selection of Jeremy Corbyn, combined with the remarkable Green surge of the past year, and the SNP's success at the General Election, shows how many people support an alternative to austerity economics, to the head-in-the-sand approach to our environmental crisis and to tired, business-as-usual politics.

We hope to engage Corbyn and the Labour Party in discussions about the urgent need for electoral reform. As the May 2015 General Election proved, our outdated and unrepresentative system fails both democracy and the electorate.

We hope Corbyn will encourage his supporters to join with us and other campaigners working on these issues, and, in particular, on pushing the issue of climate change to the top of the political agenda ahead of the upcoming Paris talks.

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