Britain's political landscape is changing. 2014 saw the first Green MEP elected in the South West; the Green Party polling ahead of the Lib Dems nationally; and a Green MP named MP of the Year.
The next General Election takes place in May 2015 and, as tribal loyalties to the old parties continue to break down, increasing numbers of voters are turning to the Green Party.
Many people are discovering the Green Party is a close match for them in terms of values and the policies that flow from them.
As you're looking here, you may already know that's the case for you. If not, you can find a summary of our policies – such as renationalising the railways – in our mini manifesto or read about them in-depth on our policy website.
Indeed, out of nearly half a million blind tests on the independent Vote for Policies website – which matches voters with the policies that appeal to them most – Green Party policies are the most popular match.
Last year, voters in North Dorset contributed to the election of the first Green MEP for the South West, Molly Scott Cato, in the European elections, when the Green Party outpolled the Lib Dems across the whole South West region and the third biggest party in North Dorset.
You can find out more about Molly's work here. Meanwhile in Westminster, Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, has been voted MP of the Year for 2014, and locally Green Party membership has increased by five times since the beginging of last year.
For the Green Party to continue its rapid growth, it is crucial people have Green Party candidates to vote for at elections and that the Green Party’s distinctive voice and policies be heard.
This is where we need your help. It costs money to field candidates in a General Election. A £500 deposit is required and we also wish to raise £800 to produce a leaflet to go every home in the constituency. Any funds contributed in excess of £1,300 will be used to fund additional local campaigning.
North Dorset Green Party want to stand candidates in all 19 district council wards in May as well as a parliamentary candidate. The more funds we get the more we can spread our message on local issues, fighting imposed housing development targets and addressing poverty and pressure on local services.
Help delivering leaflets is also very much welcomed! Please go to our website and click on the 'get involved' tab.
Please note that if you donate more than £50.00 then we will need your name and address to check that you are on the electroral register to comply with electoral funding regulations.