Back in the twilight of our blink and you’ve missed it English Summer, there were some extraordinary bumps in Green Party membership which were unprecedented. I remember speaking to former London Coordinator Noel Lynch in October about the causation. He explained that three key factors within the UK had triggered this change. The first was the European Election results. Winning a third MEP was in the grand scheme of things quite a minor achievement. However, the Lib Dems had only won two MEPs. The second was the Scottish Referendum which opened up the political spectrum. The Scottish Green Party campaigned for a 'Yes' vote and experienced a massive boost in membership. Finally, not being included in the TV debates was the start of a wave which just hasn’t stopped. In recent weeks Call me Dave Cameron has helped boost our exposure further, resulting in a big jump in memberships and in the opinion polls.
There has been widespread coverage of the so called ‘green surge’. Recent opinion polls have seen the Green Party at 10 per cent, with one Ashcroft poll showing the party at 11 per cent. Additionally, the party’s membership has jumped from 15,000 to 50000 in England & Wales in space of a year, overtaking Liberal Democrat and UKIP memberships in the process. This national phenomenon is also being felt locally. A year ago the party had 76 members in Croydon. It now has have 227, rising by the day.
I WROTE THE ABOVE OPENING PARAGRAPH FOR A PRESS RELEASE ON FRIDAY 30TH JANUARY, AND BY 2ND FEBRUARY WE WERE UP TO 235 MEMBERS.
Later in the aforementioned press release I make the comment that among 18-24 year olds, the party is polling 22 per cent. STOP PRESS – we are now at 29 per cent!
To say that the situation is fluid is an understatement! To give readers a flavour, here are reasons why four new members have joined:
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