Another election, so soon? What's this one for?
You may be aware that there's a London Mayoral election happening on Thursday 5th May. The Green Party's Sian Berry has been getting a lot of great coverage for her brilliant plans to make London a safer, cleaner, fairer place to live and work.
But did you know there's also a London Assembly election on the same day?
Yes! when you enter the polling station on 5th May, you'll get the chance to vote for the Greens not just once, but three times! You'll be given three different papers when you enter the polling station. Let's recap:
The Pink Paper - Vote Green Party's Sian Berry for Mayor
This is a no-brainer, you get to vote for your first and second choice here, so Vote for Sian Berry as your first choice. Whether you put a second preference is up to you, but the main thing is you can't make Sian Berry your first AND second choice, she won't get double votes, much as we'd like her to!
The Yellow Paper - Vote Green Party's Samir Jeraj for your North East London constituency candidate
Samir Jeraj is standing as the North East London candidate, which represents Hackney, Islington, and Waltham Forest. This is a typical First-Past-The-Post election like our General Elections. Whoever gets most votes wins.
The Orange Paper - Vote Green Party for the London-wide Assembly Member Election
In this one, parties are allocated Assembly Members based on the number of votes they get across London. It's through this route that the Greens previously had Darren Johnson and Jenny Jones elected to the London Assembly. This year, with Darren and Jenny stepping down after 16 years, it's vital that the Greens can continue their great work by getting more greens elected in 2016. We have local member, RoseMary Warrington, on our list. So (here comes the hashtag) #VoteGreenOnOrange!
More information about how to vote in this election can be found here: http://www.londonelects.org.uk/im-voter/how-vote.
Why should we bother with the other election, it's just the Mayoral election that's important, right?
No! While the media are focusing mostly on the race to be Mayor, the Mayor will still have to work with London Assembly Members. Our previous Green Party London Assembly Members have a great track record in making sure the mayor considers the environmental impact when making decisions, as well as proposing many motions that have since benefitted Londoners, like a living wage, and cleaner, safer roads.
This is where we ask for your help
Unfortunately, giving Londoners the chance to vote Green costs money, just to stand as a candidate, let alone the cost of leafleting and canvassing. We don't have wealthy donors or unions to help fund our campaigns. We rely on ordinary members and supporters, and that means we have to use crowdfunding and fundraising just so that we can stand alongside the bigger parties.
So we've started this campaign in the hope that Waltham Forest residents will help us. What say you? Every contribution, no matter how small, will help us to do more in this election.
Of course, you can also help out in other ways. Putting a poster in your window, leafleting at train stations, stalls, and streets in your area. Helping with social media (tweeting those links above!), fundraising, letter writing, coming with us on marches to spread the word. If any of that sounds interesting, get in touch with our coordinators, [email protected].
Promoted on behalf of the Green Party candidates by Steve Lambert, 3 Howard Road, London, E17 4SH