Green party surge in South Yorkshire due to ‘crisis’ - leader says

Natalie Bennett  in central London after she was elected leader of the Green Party.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Natalie Bennett in central London after she was elected leader of the Green Party. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
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Membership of the Green party in Sheffield and Rotherham has tripled in a year because other parties ‘do not have the answers’, leader Natalie Bennett has said.

Membership of the Green party in Sheffield and Rotherham has tripled in a year because other parties ‘do not have the answers’, leader Natalie Bennett has said.

The Green party leader, who is not an MP, yesterday met PhD students researching global food security at the University of Sheffield and gave a speech at St George’s Lecture Theatre.

Today local Green parties have announced membership has risen from around 300 people to 1,000 in a year.

Ms Bennett said: “This reflects an increase around the country but it is very much that people are looking for a positive answer.

“They are looking at the other political parties and think there is no answer to the economic, social and environmental crisis that we are facing.”

The party is hoping to secure its first northern MP - and its second in the country - in Sheffield Central, where former GP and current city councillor Jillian Creasy is standing in May.

Ms Bennett said keeping MP Caroline Lucas in Brighton was their priority but added: “Sheffield is right up there as a serious target for the Green party and my presence here today demonstrates that.”