The Green Party don't have the same level of financial backing that the other parties have, therefore we lack the money required to stand MPs all over the UK.
The fee to stand as MP is £500 per constituency - apparently this is to deter those who are not serious, but the reality is that it ensures only a certain type of person can stand, and prevents those from poorer backgrounds or without the backing of multimillionaires from getting anywhere. With your help, we might just stand a chance.
Brighton and Hove have Caroline Lucas MP - here is the lovely lady herself chatting with one of my favorite people, the artist taxi driver*. She is fantastic lady and we need more people like her in politics.
Just look at the media blackout that occurred during the local and European elections - the BBC gave UKIP fair coverage (they have no MPs) and cited reasons for doing so such as 'public opinion' - which could be argued that it is opinion which they, the BBC create. Here is a petition about this very issue.
And here is a current petition about the same issue - UKIP have been given the chance to speak in the TV debate, but what about the Green party?
This is about fairness and equality, which at present, doesn't seem to exist within out democratic system. The Greens have overtaken the Lib Dems in many ways, so we should now expect fair coverage - will it happen? Who knows. But we believe we can do it with YOUR HELP! We need to raise £500 to stand an MP in Plymouth. If the local elections and the Euros are anything to go by, WE REALLY CAN DO IT!
In Plymouth, we stood candidates in 8 of the 19 wards and got between 6% and 15% of the votes per ward. We also got an MEP for the South West, Molly Scott Cato, which tells me that there are people out there who support us.
Please show your support for the Greens and help us stand. If we could find 1000 people to donate £1 each, a small amount of money by most peoples standards, we would be there! £500 will be used for the fee and the rest will be used on promotion and advertising. Thanks for taking the time to look at our project :)
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*IF YOU PLEDGE £500 OR OVER, YOU MUST BE WILLING TO PROVIDE YOUR CONTACT DETAILS AND ADDRESS*
(*please note he is one of my favorite people, personally, and this may not necessarily reflect the views of the Green Party as a whole).