Greens back Ken for second preference


1:49 pm - March 28th 2012

by Jim Jepps    


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At a special meeting on Monday night London Green Party made the decision to recommend a second preference vote for Ken Livingstone for Mayor, after their own candidate, Jenny Jones.

Livingstone attended the meeting and was grilled by London Greens on topics as diverse as domestic violence, the financial system, and the record of Labour councils as well as more traditional environmental topics like air pollution, walking and cycling and incineration.

Although many at the meeting were skeptical when Ken claimed that the election of Ed Miliband proved that New Labour was dead they also appreciated that his environmental record was head and shoulders above that of Boris Johnson.

The Greens formally backed a second preference vote for Livingstone after debating whether associating with Labour would cost them votes by associating with a “toxic brand”.

A number of members pointed out that their experience of Labour was not a happy one and they had no wish for the decision to be misrepresented, as it has sometimes been in 2008, as an endorsement for Labour as a whole.

Others thought the priority had to be to get Johnson out and that Livingstone was the only candidate placed to do that.

After a robust but friendly debate members voted by a ratio of just over two to one to back a second preference for Labour’s candidate.

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Jim Jepps is a socialist in the Green Party and formerly blogged at the Daily (Maybe). He currently writes on London politics, community and the environment at Big Smoke.
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Green first ken second is definitely the way I’m going.

Jen then Ken! Remember it 🙂 A good Green then Labour vote would strengthen the left as a whole and send a strong message that London wants strong environmental AND social policies (which both Jenny and Ken support) .

Many Labour members will also be recommending a second preference for him.


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