The Green Party is set for the national launch of its local election campaign on Wednesday, 7th May at 10.30am, set in Solihull, where it hopes to become the official opposition after the council elections. The Greens are using the launch to highlight their policies on housing.
Solihull has been chosen for the launch as it is a hotspot of Green Party activity. The Green Party gained their first seat in 2008, growing to 7 seats as things stand today and has aims to end these elections on 9 or 10 seats. This would see the Green Party overtake the Liberal Democrats in a place where they have a sitting MP. Greens could soon be the 2nd largest party and official opposition on Solihull Council.
The Green Party is using the launch to highlight their desire for a massive house-building programme – of all kinds – including council housing where waiting lists are getting ever longer. The Greens also wish to highlight their demand for a cap on private landlord rent increases as private rental costs spiral out of control.
The location, the former Powergen headquarters in Shirley, Solihull, is chosen as a brownfield location the Green Party is calling for urgent house building.
"We've chosen Solihull to highlight that the Green Party is doing well in a place that is not stereotypically Green territory but is nevertheless becoming a Green stronghold. We could well be the official opposition in Solihull after May 22nd. We are winning here in traditional Conservative territory as well as more traditional Labour territory, all in a place with a Liberal Democrat MP. "
Councillor Andy Hodgson, who defected from the Liberal Democrats two years ago in Solihull and is one of 4 defectors from the Lib Dems to the Greens said:
"The Lib Dems are a dying party. They betrayed their supporters like me and many voters in places like Solihull have switched to the Green Party as a result. On issues like housing, the Greens are the only people with the direction and energy to fight for people in the council chamber on issues that matter".