|Green Party Candidate Andrew Cooper speaking at a hustings meeting in Sheffield today|
The Yougov poll out today shows a leap forward for the Greens for the European elections and among voters in the North. Greens are on 9% ahead of the Lib Dems on 7%. (1)
“The Green Party has now overtaken the Lib Dems in the North - as the recent poll shows for voters in the North on Europe,” said Andrew Cooper, the Lead Green Euro candidate for Yorkshire and the Humber.
“The Green Party vote is growing substantially now – something we can expect more of as the European vote is proportional.
“This is part of a trend - Greens regularly beat Lib Dems in local council elections and beat the Lib Dems into 4th place in the last London Mayoral Elections.
The Greens on 9% (for the North) puts them where they need to be to get one of the 6 MEP seats for the region. Adding in expected strong local campaigns in key cities, like Sheffield and Leeds, where they have sitting Councillors and active political parties on the ground, can be expected to boost Green support further.
The Poll was taken before the official Green Party Manifesto and European national launch tomorrow, as well as before the Party Election broadcasts have been aired.
“Once people see we have overtaken the Lib Dems more support is likely to come our way,” continued Cllr Cooper.
“Coverage is often geared to perceived support, so there should be an urgent review of media coverage of the campaign to reflect the change.
Green Party membership has grown over 12% since the start of the year and is expected to top 15,000 before the local and European elections on May 22nd.
“It's clear that the difference of our message is really hitting home.”
Cllr Andrew Cooper, Kirklees Council
Lead Green Euro candidate, Yorkshire and the Humber
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1. Original figures. See page 2 for North figures and Definite Voters.
2. Green Party European manifesto 2014