Oh dear - looks like the Respect/Green alliance is having problems
Tower Hamlets Green Party has voted to stand a candidate in both of the parliamentary constituencies being contested by Respect, i.e. Bethnal Green and Bow and Poplar and Limehouse.
Apparently a minority of members from Green Left voted against standing in Poplar. Green Left itself voted to leave the decision to the local party at the request of local activists there.
This is an understandable deciSon from the local Green Party, as their main interest in that region is the two all London elections for the European parliament and the London Assembly, and they will see the need to maintain their minority vote even in the Westminster elections where they are not a contender.
Although Respect and the Green Party are both progressive parties with policies who overlap in many areas, their electoral interests will not always coincide.
From the comments :
So much for the concordate between the Greens and Respect. Neither Birmingham or Brighton cost the Greens or Respect anything in reality. London was much more of a real test and it has failed at the first hurdle. Still its what George/ Salma and the majority in Respect wanted, this new Green alliance (rather tan a Red one, whilst castigating the rest of us and most outside as “ultra lefs” (used as a term of abuse ofcourse at the Respect national conference).
Give me the ultra lefts any day!
Comment by Neil Williams — 8 December, 2009 @ 5:44 pm
You'd have to have a heart of stone not to laugh.
I wonder if this is anything to do with Andy Newman's infamous attempt to defend the characterisation of Peter Tatchell as an Islamophobe ?