The Green Party of England and Wales has polled 10% for the first time this week, and online media reports that – according to a YouGov pollster – the recent surge in support is coming largely from Labour’s younger voters.
Although there has been a small increase in support from all age groups, the backing of 18–24 year olds is the driving force in its improved poll ratings.
Business Green (BG) comments that “The Greens are clearly positioning themselves as the ‘real opposition’ to the Coalition ahead of the general election, with Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas‘ article in the Guardian setting out seven reasons for this advance in the poll and asserting that Labour has failed to provide opposition to the government, particularly on austerity.
BG then referred to “the popularly held idea that the Labour Party has an historic role as the principled voice of the masses, which was lost when the New Labour project took off and has never been regained”.
New Labour has acknowledged this and appointed Sadiq Khan to head a new strategy unit hoping to address the Green challenge to Labour votes.
Voters’ views are more in tune with the National Health Action Party than government
Another new poll shows that most voters in David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt’s constituencies are at odds with the PM and Health Secretary over the NHS and more in tune with the NHAP Party which is fielding general election candidates in both constituencies.
On behalf of UNITE, Survation interviewed 1016 residents of Prime Minister David Cameron’s constituency of Witney and 1062 residents of Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt’s constituency of South West Surrey by telephone. Fieldwork was conducted between 2-5 December.
The poll shows that the overwhelming majority of voters in Witney and South West Surrey want the NHS exempted from the EU-US trade treaty, or TTIP, currently being negotiated in Brussels. Yet the Prime Minister has refused to keep the NHS out of the deal, even though he can.
Just 13% of voters in Witney and 16% in South West Surrey are in favour of including the NHS in TTIP. Yet this is official Tory Party policy.
The poll also reveals that local NHS and GP services are by far the most important local issue – in Witney they are almost three times as important as immigration and in South West Surrey, they are as important as crime, immigration, employment and education put together.
The National Health Action Party have long been campaigning for the NHS to be exempted from the TTIP deal and now believe the entire deal needs to be opposed. The Party’s co-leader and general election candidate for Witney Dr Clive Peedell said he welcomed today’s poll:
“It’s encouraging that such an overwhelming majority of voters in this constituency are calling for the NHS to be saved from this damaging and secretive deal and that they are putting health at the very top of their election agenda. If the NHS were to be included in this deal between the EU and the US, it would allow US corporations easier access to our NHS as well as other public services, and would mean NHS privatisation being locked in . . . The NHA Party is standing up against both NHS privatisation and this trade deal . . . “