Green Party's election hopes
THE Greens are looking for their strongest General Election showing in the county as they field candidates in five of the seven constituencies.
SUFFOLK: The Greens are looking for their strongest General Election showing in the county as they field candidates in five of the seven constituencies.
Only South Suffolk and West Suffolk will be without a Green candidate on polling day and the party is hoping to save its deposits in Suffolk Coastal, South Suffolk, Ipswich, North Ipswich and Suffolk Central, Bury St Edmunds and Waveney.
Party organiser John Matthissen said: “We had a good result in the European Parliament elections last year, especially in Bury and North Ipswich and Central Suffolk.
“We will be fighting the General Election wholeheartedly because it will be our opportunity to engage the electorate on the serious issues of climate change, global warming and rising sea levels, all of which will have a huge impact on Suffolk.”
Mr Matthissen said: “The three main parties at Westminster are so close together on policy issues. The Greens offer something which is significantly different - a more socially and environmentally aware society.”
The Greens are hoping to cash in on left of centre voters who don't like Gordon Brown but can't stomach voting Tory.
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The Bury St Edmunds constituency, which includes Stowmarket and Needham Market, is expected to choose Green county councillor Mark Ereira-Guyer as its candidate. He is a one-time Labour Party activist, who contested Bury for Labour in 1997 and 2001, narrowly failing to pull off a shock victory in 1997.
The party's other candidates in Suffolk are Green county and district councillor Andrew Stringer, who is contesting North Ipswich and Central Suffolk, Rachel Fulcher in Suffolk Coastal, Tim Glover in Ipswich, and Graham Elliott in Waveney.
GREEN HOPEFUL: Rachel Fulcher, Green Party candidate for Suffolk Coastal.
GREEN HOPEFUL: Tim Glover, Green Party candidate for Ipswich.
CAMPAIGNING: Tim Glover, Green Party candidate for Ipswich, meets the voters during last year's
European Parliament election. Photo: JERRY TURNER