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If You’re A Green Vote Green! There Is No Tactical Vote In Banbury

 

Just a reminder to everyone to get out and vote today. even if you don’t agree with any of the parties, go to the polling station and spoil your ballot paper. Send a message. Or make a protest vote for another party.

And remember there’s a difference between a tactical vote and a protest vote. A tactical vote is where you vote for a party you may not agree entirely with, because they have a chance of beating the party you totally disagree with.

Sadly in Banbury there is no tactical vote, It’s very unlikely that the 100 year long Conservative majority can be overturned by any of the opposition parties.

So vote for what you believe in and for the party that has always represented your views. If you’re a Labour supporter, vote Labour. A Green, vote Green. Libdem, vote Libdem. UKIP (are their really any left) vote UKIP.

I hope that if you’ve been a Green supporter in the past you’ll vote for me and help send the Green message to Parliament.  Switching to Labour might seem like a good idea this time, after all the Labour manifesto is full of Green policies from our 2015 manifesto (much to the delight of the Green Party), but abandoning your true allegiance now won’t make any difference to Labour’s chances of winning, but will reduce the Green Party’s standing in future elections.

Unless you’re a Tory, switching parties now isn’t going to make a difference to the final result. But any non-Tory vote will at least reduce that majority and send a message to The Conservatives that they can’t take this constituency for granted.

But whatever you do don’t ignore this vote. It’s probably the most important one you’ll ever cast.

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North Oxfordshire Green Party Announces Candidate For June’s Snap Election

At their selection meeting on 3rd May the North Oxfordshire Green Party unanimously re-nominated Ian Middleton to contest the Banbury Constituency seat for the second time.

Ian stood for the Greens in Banbury in 2015 when the Green vote was almost tripled against the 2010 result.  The party gained 2686 votes giving them 4.6% of the vote up from 1.7% in 2010.  He is a former musician, writer and ethical entrepreneur who  spent 25 years in the retail sector building a national high street retail business which moved exclusively online in 2015.  He has campaigned in the past for issues as diverse as fair business rates for small businesses to animal rights and now writes on politics, the environment and business for Huffington Post and Retail Week Magazine.  Ian Says :

“I’m honoured to have been chosen to stand in North Oxfordshire again.  I feel I learnt a lot from the last campaign and I’m looking forward to having a second opportunity to put forward the case for a progressive Green future”

“My priorities for this election are the NHS, Education, Housing, the environment and Brexit”

“Theresa May called this election for purely opportunistic reasons.  She claims to offer strength and stability yet throws the country into turmoil just as the clock starts ticking on Brexit negotiations.  Whilst our changed relationship with Europe is one of the most important issues we’ve faced for a generation, we’ve also had 2 years to see what the Conservative Party has done to health, education and housing and it’s not a pretty sight.

The NHS in particular is facing an existential crisis with yet another round of swingeing cuts being imposed by further Conservative in the guise of sustainability.  Already we’ve seen the results with the closure of full maternity services at the Horton and warnings from the Oxfordshire CCG that we stand to lose hundreds of beds across the county.  This may be the last chance to save our wonderful NHS before the Conservatives achieve their ultimate goal of slashing services and privatising what’s left.

Theresa May wants this election to be all about Brexit, I think we should be holding her party to account for it’s appalling record so far.  We have a chance to end their iniquitous and self serving reign now, before it’s too late”

Theresa May’s Snap Election – Did She Jump Or Was She Pushed?

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How much of the PM’s decision to call a General Election was motivated by her fears over the potential for charges being brought against the Conservatives over election fraud in 2015?

Here’s an article I wrote on the subject for the online political website Evolve Politics

Tory Election Fraud is about to go nuclear, and it’s probably why Theresa May U-turned on a snap election