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11 May 2010 10:05:09

Have green politics come of age?

Have green politics come of age?
The 2010 election will be remembered as being a historic event for many reasons.

Following the landslide results for Labour in the 90s, the UK has a hung parliament for the first time in over 30 years.

The country also took the major step of electing its first Green MP.

Leader of the Green Party Caroline Lucas took the seat in Brighton Pavilion with 31 per cent of the votes, an increase of almost ten percentage points on the number achieved in 2005.

Significant gains were made by the Greens within the Norwich South area, where the candidate Adrian Ramsay almost doubled his percentage of the vote.

In the past few years, the Green Party has made serious gains within local council elections, trebling its number of seats in the last decade. There are also two Green MEPs and representatives within the London, Scottish and Northern Irish assemblies.

Ms Lucas said: "This isn't just a moment when one MP out of more than 600 is elected. It's where a whole political party takes, for the first time, its rightful place in our parliament."

One seat in the House of Commons will not give the Green Party much of a voice. But Ms Lucas's presence could help the other parties connect up the dots and realise that green issues are not just about reducing carbon emissions.

The Greens' pension policies include insulating the homes of elderly people, their housing policies include renovating empty properties and improving the current housing stock rather than building new homes.

In terms of transport, they want to reduce the fares on buses and trains, helping people to keep their cars at home if they want, and would create local walking schemes.

Ms Lucas' election to parliament was made possible by a huge swing of 8.4 per cent. However, she was the only one of around 300 candidates to make it into the House of Commons.

So will this election really make a difference to the implementation or creation of green policies? ADNFCR-1235-ID-19769152-ADNFCR

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