The Green Party are standing in York Central, but as part of a national arrangement between the Green Party, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats we will not be standing in York Outer (see below)
York Central Candidate – Tom Franklin
I have a long background in campaigning, I understand York and the local issues, and I will be an effective voice for York in Parliament. I have been active in countless environmental, peace and human rights campaigns including Extinction Rebellion and anti-fracking campaigns at Kirby Misperton.
The Green Party has pledged to invest £100 billion in climate action each year for a decade in what is the most ambitious Green New Deal of any political party. We have a plan to get to carbon neutrality by 2030 by building 100,000 energy-efficient homes each year, revolutionising transport infrastructure, rapidly rolling out renewable energy in Britain and creating hundreds of thousands of low carbon jobs.
The threat of Brexit hangs over our heads, the climate emergency rages from the Amazon to the Arctic, and our fragile democracy is under attack. But despite all this, Greens don’t fear the future. We know that we stand at the threshold of what could be the most exciting and prosperous period of British history.
This could be our last chance to elect a Parliament to keep us below dangerous warming – so on December 12th, Vote Green.
Party candidate steps aside to secure Remain vote
Party will not field a candidate in the York Outer constituency in the upcoming
General Election as part of a series of electoral arrangements with the Liberal
Democrats and Plaid Cymru.
Kramm is stepping aside to ensure that the Remain vote on 12 December is
unified and that the Tory candidate Julian Sturdy is not successful in the
Lars Kramm said: “With mixed feelings, I just informed our members that I will not be standing as the Green party candidate in the York Outer constituency for the upcoming General Election. Unfortunately as part of the national arrangements, York Outer is one of the handfuls of seats where the Green Party is asked to stand aside. The results from our local member consultation clearly showed that the overwhelming majority in both constituencies are in favour of an agreement if it both increases the likelihood of us getting more Green MPs elected across the country and reduces the number of leave supporting Tories likely to be elected.
“I do believe that these arrangements are good for local people and good for the country. However, I also want to make clear that this does not mean we agree with Plaid Cymru or the Lib Dems on all issues or endorse their Manifestos!
“This is the right thing to do for York and we all agree, that York Outer needs a better MP than Julian Sturdy, one that helps to avoid a deeply damaging Brexit and does not just follow Boris Johnson’s party line. Greens are willing to work with other parties for the common good and locally, we have already shown this and made the offer not to bid for the York Outer seat in a general election – if the Liberal Democrats and Labour agree to throw support behind a single candidate. The national arrangements direct us into stepping aside anyway for the good of the country.
“We can now concentrate on supporting Tom Franklin, our candidate in York Central. York Central is a two-horse race between the Greens and Labour with the benefit that there is no risk of letting a Tory or Brexit Party candidate in. We saw spectacular results in the 2019 local election for the wards in York Central clearly showing the Greens in second place, well ahead of LibDems and Conservatives. Even better, in the European Elections 2019, Greens beat Labour citywide by nearly a 10-point margin. York still has an excellent possibility to send a strong independent Green voice to Westminster.”
The Green Party had promising results in York Outer in the last
local elections and a good turnout and support in the suburbs and villages
around York during the European elections and were hoping to gain more support
and visibility during the General Election campaign.
Electoral arrangements have been made in a handful of
constituencies across England and Wales.