The Green Party has announced that it will be standing 500 candidates in the December general election.
The number of candidates is 47 higher than the 453 parliamentary candidates that the Greens stood in the 2017 general election, where former prime minister Theresa May lost her parliamentary majority.
Commenting, Jonathan Bartley, Co-leader of the Green Party said: “The Green Party has had a whirlwind year, more than doubling our number of local councillors and electing seven Greens as MEPs. We are running the Green Party’s most ambitious campaign ever and our Green ideas are setting the agenda.
“It was a Green Party councillor who got the first climate emergency motion on Bristol City Council, which led a movement of hundreds of local authorities who followed suit. This culminated in the House of Commons declaring a Climate Emergency this spring.
“Where Greens lead, others follow. That’s why we are so excited that in 500 constituencies, people will be able to cast their vote for a Green Party candidate. We need more Green MPs in Parliament to put pressure on the government and campaign for their constituents. Every single vote in this election sends a strong and clear message: Yes to Europe and No to climate chaos.”
The party is ramping up its most ambitious campaign ever ahead of the election on 12 December and will be launching its manifesto on Tuesday 19 November, which is set to include a number of radical proposals such as its pledge to invest £100 billion a year for 10 years in measures to tackle the climate emergency.
The party will be hoping to add to its single MP, Caroline Lucas in Brighton Pavilion, with Bristol city councillor Carla Denyer thought to have a strong chance in Bristol West.
The chances of a second MP for the Green Party may be higher than they have in previous elections owing to the recently agreed ‘Unite to Remain’ electoral arrangement with the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru, which will see candidates in 60 seats across England and Wales stand down to unite the pro-EU vote behind one candidate.
Green Party candidates will be given a free run in 10 seats across England, including Bristol West and the Isle of Wight, as well as the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales.
You can view all of the Green party candidates on the Green Party website.