Greens to end campaign with focus on ‘fringe’ constituencies including Bristol and Brighton

Greens to end campaign with focus on ‘fringe’ constituencies including Bristol and Brighton

Green campaigners will turn their attention to four “hard marginals” on the final day before polls open for the general election.

According to co-leader Carla Denyer, her party hopes to elect four MPs after Thursday’s vote – rather than just one seat previously – in a bid to encourage “a new Labour government to be bolder and braver”.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is tipped to become prime minister by the end of this week, with polls putting Labour around 19 points ahead of the Conservatives.

The Green Party has named four seats it will target on Wednesday, including Bristol Central, where Ms Denyer is running, and Brighton Pavilion, where Sian Berry hopes to replace her party colleague Caroline Lucas, who has represented the coastal constituency since 2010.

Co-leader Adrian Ramsay is contesting Waveney Valley, another seat on the target list which straddles the Norfolk-Suffolk border, with Ellie Chowns contesting North Herefordshire.

“We have brought real hope to this campaign, the hope that a group of Green MPs can bring in pushing a new Labour government to be bolder and braver in delivering the real change our country needs.

“We have broken the conspiracy of silence from other parties around the need to invest in our NHS and public services, and voters are responding.

“We have made the most powerful case of any party for the massive investment needed in our NHS and social care, paid for through a fairer tax system that asks multimillionaires and billionaires to pay a little more.”

Mr Ramsay said: “We stood in a record number of constituencies across England and Wales.

“That’s because we want to give everyone the chance to vote Green so they can send the clearest possible message to the new government that we need real change to tackle the climate crisis, restore nature and end the cost of living crisis for millions of people.”

“We need a group of Green MPs within Parliament to push for action to restore our public services and defend our environment.”

The Green Party enjoyed recent electoral success in the 2024 Bristol local elections, where the party secured 34 of the 70 seats up for grabs — an increase from 24 prior to May’s election.

In Bristol Central, Ms Denyer faces Labour’s culture secretary Thangam Debbonaire, Reform UK’s Robert Clarke, the Liberal Democrats’ Nicholas Coombes, the Women’s Party’s Kellie-Jay Keen and the Conservatives’ Samuel Williams.

Green campaigners also enjoyed electoral success in Mid Suffolk, which includes the town of Eye in the Waveney Valley constituency, where they won their first outright majority on a UK council last year, securing 24 of the 34 seats – up from 12.

Mr Ramsay faces competition from Scott Huggins of Reform UK, Gurpreet Padda of the Labour Party, Richard Rout of the Conservative Party, Maya Severyn of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and John Shreeve of the Liberal Democrats.

But the party suffered losses in Brighton and Hove in 2023, securing just seven seats on the city council, having previously led the authority as a minority administration.

Ms Lucas’s majority at Brighton Pavilion was 19,940 in 2019. Ms Berry faces challengers Steve Al, an independent, Carl Buckfield of the SDP, Gomez’s bandmate and Labour candidate Tom Gray, Mark Mulvihill of Reform UK, Ashley Ridley of the Liberal Democrats, Citizen Skwith of the Monster Raving Loony Party and Sarah Webster of the Conservative Party.