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We're not hedging our bets, say Green Party

By Noel McAdam

Published 02/05/2014

Green Party Euro candidate Ross Brown has denied hedging his bets by also standing in the council elections for Belfast.

Asked if it sent the signal the party did not expect to take one of the three MEP seats, he said: "That's a good question. I don't think so.

"The size of our electoral war chest is not the same as other parties. We have to target our resources."

His comments came as he helped launch its European and local government manifestos with an attempt to push the party beyond the Green stereotype.

A former DUP supporter, Mr Ross said he had come to realise the "whole divisive nature of politics" in Northern Ireland "is very artificial".

The Greens have only one MLA, party leader Steven Agnew, and two councillors, but form one of the larger groups in the European Parliament with 48 members. They are running 14 council candidates – compared to 22 in the last campaign – and are targeting just four super councils: Belfast, Lisburn/Castlereagh, Omagh/Fermanagh and North Down.

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