The Green party is to target environment-minded Labour voters by stressing its status as the only major party committed to zero carbon emissions by 2030, the centrepiece of 10 planned pieces of legislation in its election manifesto.
The party’s co-leaders, Sian Berry and Jonathan Bartley, are due to formally launch the manifesto in London on Tuesday morning.
Its main focus will be on the climate emergency and an economic vision based around equality.
The message will be reinforced later in the day with an election broadcast in which the party’s sole MP, Caroline Lucas, will tell voters that the 12 December election offers “the greatest – perhaps the last – opportunity to change course” for the UK.
The Greens hope their distinct offering will cut through, amid signs the party could, as in the 2017 election, get squeezed out amid a tough Labour-Conservative battle. After good local election results, and an almost 12% vote share in May’s European elections, the party is now polling at about 3%.
The party, which has formed an anti-Brexit electoral pact with the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru, has set its sights on eight new targets, including Bristol West, Bury St Edmunds, Dulwich and West Norwood, Exeter, the Forest of Dean and the Isle of Wight.
The manifesto’s central thrust will be a bill for a “green new deal”, intended to reshape the economy around investment in sustainable living, and intended to lead towards net zero emissions by 2030. Read more