Labour has lost the plot in Brighton: vote Green

The Green Party has claimed it could win Brighton Pavilion at the next general election after it secured more votes in Brighton and Hove in the European elections than any other party.

It used to be said that voting Green would let the Tories in. Now, with the Greens on 33.7%, the Conservatives on 23.7% and Labour on 15.6%, it can be argued that voting Labour could let the Conservatives in.

In Caroline Lucas, the Greens have a very impressive party leader. Her weakness is that she doesn’t seem to have much presence on the ground in Brighton. This is a sign of arrogance and could deny the Greens its first ever MP in Britain.

With David Lepper standing down at the general election, Labour loses its greatest asset in Brighton. David has been a diligent MP who has built up a huge personal vote, and he is respected by people of all political persuasions.

Labour’s unimpressive performance on the City Council, and the lacklustre campaigns of its two Parliamentary candidates, suggests that those on the centre-left should support Caroline Lucas in becoming the next MP for Brighton Pavilion, in spite of her shortcomings.

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2 Responses

  1. “In Caroline Lucas, the Greens have a very impressive party leader. Her weakness is that she doesn’t seem to have much presence on the ground in Brighton. This is a sign of arrogance and could deny the Greens its first ever MP in Britain.”

    Caroline Lucas is a very hard-working MEP obliged to divide her time between Brussels and Strasbourg as well as Brighton. She is also constantly on call for comment by the British media, eg Radio 4.

    Selected locally as Green PPC for Brighton Pavilion, she visits weekly and rents space in a house here, and does take part in local campaigns: eg picketing local supermarkets with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign following the Gaza invasion.

    Of course it’s to be regretted that she doesn’t have more time here to be more visible, but it’s hardly attributable to “arrogance”.

    If her now high national profile has all the same got her an amazing 33.7 percent of the vote in Brighton Pavilion last Thursday, then this fact alone might give those same voters the nerve to exercise the same preference in the next General Election.

    Even in the last General Election, the Greens (Keith Taylor) polled an impressive 22 percent (third) for Brighton Pavilion: support here is already significant. So a dramatic increase to 33.7 percent (first) in the Euro-election for Caroline Lucas seems just the kind of result needed to deter tactical voting for “Labour — to keep out the Tories” which has for so long held back the Green vote.

    And the fact that the much-respected David Lepper is retiring might help that, too.

    • Thanks, Gabriel, for the comment. You argue your case, and that of Caroline, well. I’m not a Green but will support her at the election. The reference to arrogance is based on my experience of her – she is the superstar and lacks that ability to relate to ordinary people of the Number 46 bus. Media wise she is sensational and refreshingly honest.

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