Press release: Green Party Excluded From ITV/Meridian Hustings

Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Rochester and Strood, Clive Gregory, has been excluded from the by-election hustings, organised by ITV/Meridian television,  due to be filmed on Monday 17th November.

A complaint letter has been sent to the television company by Clive Gregory on behalf of the national Green Party and Medway Green Party.

In this letter Clive Gregory says:

“The people of Rochester and Strood have become accustomed to the Green Party being seen as equal to the other major parties and have welcomed our inclusion in each of the three major debates hosted by Churches Together, BBC South East and the KM Medway Messenger.  BBC Radio Kent and 38 Degrees hustings are all scheduled to include The Green Party as an important and equal member of their debates.

“We would like to know precisely whose guidelines you are following and what methodology you are using to arrive at your decision.  All polls, including the Ashcroft poll put the Greens at 2-3% above the Liberal Democrats.  The people of Rochester and Strood are unlikely to understand why, on the basis of our polling and inclusion at the other hustings, as a major party, you are failing to treat us on an equal basis with Tories, Labour, UKIP and the Liberal Democrats.  Logic and natural justice would indicate that we should not be excluded from this process.

“We would therefore ask that ITV/Meridian seriously reconsider their position.  We would also request that this reconsideration is taken in a timely manner and a final decision made and made public so that perhaps the people of Rochester and Strood can voice their reaction to such a decision.

“We would also point out that the Green Party nationally in partnership with the Medway Green party will have to seriously consider legal action if the decision is not reversed”.

Membership of the Green Party of England and Wales has passed 25,000 (25,206) and is up 83% since the start of 2014. At current sign-up rates, approx. 1,000 members are signing up per week. A new member is joining every ten minutes.

The Greens are polling at their highest numbers ahead of a General Election since 1989, a breakthrough year and the most recent YouGov poll puts the Greens on 19% among 18-24 year olds – ahead of UKIP and the Lib Dems combined.

Over 250,000 people have signed a petition to include the Greens in the leader debates.  Members of all political parties including the PM have argued that the Greens should be included in the debates.

The site Vote for Policies, where people vote blind on policy shows the Greens to be in first place in having policies that resonate with voters.


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