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It's Official: The Green Party Is The Second Most Popular Party For Young People

13/01/2015 15:58 GMT | Updated 14/01/2015 12:59 GMT
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The Green Party has been enjoying a steady rise in recent months and it looks as if there is no stopping them now.

In December 2014, a poll by YouGov showed the party was polling at 22% and tied for second place with the Conservatives for the youth vote. This puts the Green Party ahead of the Liberal Democrats and UKIP. The poll also showed that 32% of young people favoured the Labour Party

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Despite repeated calls from the Prime Minister and other political commentators for the party to be included in televised Leadership Debates, the Green surge has been boosted by its strong presence in numerous university campuses.

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett said: “Denying the Green Party ‘major party’ status or an invitation to the Leaders’ Debates fails both our democracy and the electorate."

In addition, the polling reiterates Bennett's argument the Green Party should be classed by Ofcom as a "major party".

Bennett said: "Attempting to exclude the Green voice from the mainstream of British politics looks more and more ridiculous by the day."

These statistics show that the Green Party is polling at its highest levels ahead of a General Election since 1989.

In 2014, membership of the Green Party of England and Wales shot up by 123% with no signs of slowing down in 2015 with the total number of members currently standing at 32, 515.

Furthermore, the Scottish Greens (a sister party) saw a four fold increase in membership during 2014 and brought the total number of members to under 8,000. This means that, when combined, both parties have a membership of over 40,000 which makes it a party to watch during the upcoming General Election.

Party leader Bennett added: "The politics of the future does not have to look like the politics of the past."