Later this month the UK along with the rest of Europe will go to the polls to elect our MEP representatives. The ballot on May 22nd in the UK with the result announced once all countries have voted on Sunday 25th May.
In the UK the results are likely to be analysed from a national; perspective especially to establish the impact of UKIP and the countries feelings on Europe in general.
However this poll is vitally important in its own right and is far more than just a barometer for next year’s UK national election.
Whatever your view the European parliament does have considerable power and influence on the UK and therefore it is essential that we take part in the process to elect a new parliament and make our choice on a balanced view and with a long term perspective of how we wish to see our role in Europe in the coming years.
The current right wing majority in the Parliament has led to a reduction in protections for workers and an increase in decisions that have distanced many from feeling that the organisation is working in the benefit of all the nations within Europe.
The workings of the Parliament has fuelled the recent increase for extreme parties such as UKIP as they thrive on exaggerating the rulings and promoting a sense of fear amongst the UK population by describing events and impacts that are incredulous and just not backed by evidence.
The Green Party believes that the UK is better off in Europe but that said, we also acknowledge that there needs to be dramatic reform of the way Europe works and in its general direction and aims.
The Green Party is part of the fourth largest group in the European Parliament that is larger than both the Conservative and UKIP groups.
On May 22nd we will have the chance to join in the most representative ballot we have as we can vote by proportional representation instead of ‘first past the post’, so please use this opportunity to vote for your Green Party candidates and here in the East Midlands the lead Green Party candidate is Kat Boettge.
Every vote the Green Party gets increases the chance of Kat getting to Strasbourg and sends a message to the more extreme candidate purporting fear and hate that there is a third way it is not a decision to stay in Europe the way it is or leave. We can stay in Europe with reform and that is what the Green Party will continue to work for.
So from next week if you are registered for a postal vote you will start to receive your ballot papers and if you vote in person the day is May 22nd, whichever way you vote please make sure you vote for Hope and not fear and VOTE GREEN.