Poor vote for British Greens
British Green Party national council member Penny Kemp says the party's poor result in the recent national elections was due to a move to the right and an undue concentration on electoral politics. The party lost its deposit in 264 seats.
Kemp told the British monthly, socialist, that right-wingers who dominate the national leadership expected to do well by acting like a normal, centrist party, "but it did much worse".
Kemp added that the Greens also lost ground as a result of the dominance of economic issues in the elections and the neglect of environmental and social questions. She said local green activists should reject electoralism and fight around issues, and should work towards a "realignment of the green-left".