Green Party in England & Wales
Keith Taylor, the Green Party Principal Speaker, has called Ming Campbell's
environmental speech in Norwich an act of desperation. He said:
"It was ironic that Ming Campbell chose Norwich to announce his party's
renewed enthusiasm for cutting carbon emissions. Norwich Lib Dems have
backed massive airport expansion and agreed to sell off 75.1% of the airport
to private shareholders, which gave those shareholders the ability to pass
special resolutions without consulting the council. Campbell thus provides a
perfect demonstration of a political party saying one thing and doing the
"In the contest of who can sound greenest the Lib Dems are trailing badly.
Their environmental record is blighted by the actions of Lib Dem controlled
local councils. In Manchester, Sheffield, Edinburgh, York and Liverpool have
all made dreadful environmental decisions. (1)
"Green councillors deliver on the environment. Other councillors don't
because their party bosses lack political will and are too reliant on big
business support. The millions of pounds donated or lent by wealthy
corporations is not sheer philanthropy. Each gift comes with expectations.
The reality is that if voters want green action there is only one Green
Party - and they should vote for it."
Cllr Rupert Read from the Norwich Green Group added:
"By visiting Norfolk Campbell has thrown the spotlight on Lib Dem
councillors who backed road expansion on the A11 and A120. Earlier this year
the Lib Dem County Council Transport Spokesperson in Norfolk resigned,
having been exposed by the Greens, to the satisfaction of the Standards
Board of NCC, to have deceived the public over the environmental impact of
the Northern Distributor Road proposals.
"Local voters know that if they vote Green they will get the real deal.
Campbell has made a dreadful tactical mistake coming to Norwich, obviously
under pressure from the local party. Norwich Liberal Democrats are about to
lose 2 to 4 seats to the Green group on the council and it shows they are
pretty desperate at this late stage of the campaign."
Even Labour MPs have recognised the rise of the Greens. Today, Ian Gibson,
Labour MP for Norwich North said on the Daily Politics show, "it's the
Greens in Norfolk that are on the rise". (2)