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Green Party calls on voters to end ‘one party state councils’

Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley has called on voters to resist adding ‘one more Labour or Tory to already complacent councils’.

The Green Party is gunning for Labour and Tory run councils at this year’s local elections — telling voters to end the “one party state”.

The call comes ahead of the party’s local election campaign launch in London, which promises to be “the strongest ever”.

The Greens are standing a record number of candidates on May 3, contesting 2,200 seats.

Jonathan Bartley, the party’s co-leader, will appeal to voters to choose a Green to stand up for their community instead of adding “one more Labour or Tory to already complacent councils”.

He is expected to say: “The Green Party wants to see a Green on every council to build a better Britain from the bottom up.

“Across the country councils have forgotten the people they are meant to serve. One party state councils are riding roughshod over the wishes of their communities.

“In these local elections people have the choice to add one more Labour or Tory councillor to already complacent councils – or choose a Green who can change everything.”

Mr Bartley will also highlight the work of Green councillors in Sheffield where Alison Teal has stood with residents against the council’s tree felling project — which the council say will improve roads and footpaths in the city.

The launch is set to take place on the Central Hill estate in London which is facing demolition by Lambeth Council.

Green Councillor Scott Ainslie has stood with residents opposing the demolition and the Green Party is hoping to make gains in the area in May.

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