Greens criticise Conservative-LibDem deal over public sector cuts and voting reform:
Senior figures in the Green Party in the East of England are saying today that the LibDems have betrayed the people who voted for them at last week’s General Election with the deal they have struck with the Conservatives for a new coalition Government.
Among what it bad with the agreement that they have struck: The LibDems have agreed to Conservative plans to start making public sector cuts during this financial year and the LibDems have failed to get an agreement for the introduction of a proportional voting system. (1)
Adrian Ramsay (Green Party Deputy Leader nationally, and also a Councillor in Norwich) commented: “There are real risks to cutting back on public spending while the economy is still recovering from recession – which is presumably why the LibDems didn’t support making cut backs this year in their manifesto. I’m very concerned that the LibDems have now signed up to the Conservative cuts and about what this may mean for crucial local services such as Sure Start nurseries and day care centres.
“The Green Party’s General Election manifesto showed that there are ways of dealing with the deficit whilst protecting public services.”
C’llr. Rupert Read (who narrowly missed election as this Region’s first Green MEP, a year ago) added: “The way forward should have been through green investment to stabilise the economy, not through public service cuts. So the people of Eastern England can trust that we in the Green Party will fight these Tory-LibDem cuts, tooth and nail.”
C’llr. Read continued: “I fear that the new alliance between the Conservatives and LibDems will take us in the wrong direction. I don’t think these cuts are what people in the East voted for last week. Many voters who voted LibDem last week have already told us that they are now regretting having done so, and will instead look to the Greens next time.”
C’llr Ramsay concluded: “Nick Clegg has also failed to use this situation to secure a fair voting system where every vote counts equally. LibDems have been campaigning for this for decades and this was their chance to make it happen. I think many LibDem activists and voters will be feeling betrayed.”
1. There is going to be a referendum on the Alternative Vote, but that is not a proportional voting system nor is it LibDem policy.