Why Vote Green in Liverpool?
Liverpool currently has no strong opposition. There are 68 Labour Councillors out of a total of 90 across the city, meaning that Labour have a largely unchallenged monopoly on the decisions made in our city.
However you normally vote in national elections, voting Green for Liverpool makes sense. To find out more about our ambitions for the city and what Greens will be able to do in Liverpool with more elected councillors, read our local manifesto.
Why is Labour’s dominance in Liverpool a problem?
- Research has shown that Councils with stronger oppositions provide better value for money than Councils with weaker ones.
- Currently, Labour Councils find it hard to speak out for their area as that would mean going against their party leaders.
- With Councillors being unable to affect what happens in their areas, it leaves a few people in the Town Hall making all the decisions.
- As local areas don't have strong voices speaking out for their interests, decisions tend to be made in favour of bringing investment to the city centre, often at the expense of residents’ health. One example of this is the woeful condition of Liverpool’s air quality which will only deteriorate further with an expansion of Liverpool John Lennon Airport, with an increase in idling cruise liners moored in the Mersey and a city administration obsessed with destroying nature to build luxury housing.
Why are Greens the best opposition?
- Unlike other parties, Green Councillors aren't told how to vote by their leader. They have an independent voice leaving them free to put the interests of their residents first.
- The Green Party believes in giving more power to local areas. Green Councillors will always argue that local decisions should be taken at the most local area possible. The people who belong to Liverpool's neighbourhoods know how best to deal with local issues, not Town Hall bureaucrats.
- Greens must work hard to get elected. We don't take our votes for granted and know that we must work hard for every single one.
- Key issues facing Liverpool are best met by the Greens. Whether it be the need for improved road safety, the need for more social housing or the need to tackle air pollution on a local level, the Greens are in the best position to push Labour to match its national rhetoric and do more locally.
Has this happened elsewhere?
Yes! Even just one Green can make a huge difference. Have a look at the Association of Green Councillors website for a huge list of positive, practical differences that Green councillors have made in their local communities.
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