Defeated Green Rupert Read says he will not stand for Europe again

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
12:05 PM

UEA lecturer Rupert Read has said he will not stand again for the European parliament after a second defeat at the polls.

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His party came fourth in the overall vote share, but a surge in support for the UK Independence Party denied him a seat in the European parliament.

Dr Read said that while he will not stand again for the European parliament, he would still dearly like to become a Parliamentarian.

“Perhaps I will stand in a general election; and/or I would love to be in the upper house of 
Parliament at Westminster,” he said.

The philosophy lecturer at the UEA said that he wanted to leave the fight for Europe to younger Green activists.

The Green Party did gain a seat in the South West, and held seats in London and SouthEast.

The party also hit 20% of the vote share in Cambridge and Norwich. But it was not enough to push him over the line.

He launched a 
blistering attack on MEPs who did win seats claiming they were denying the “very reality of dangerous human-influenced climate chaos has done”.

Also turning his fire on “the tiny handful of
multi-millionaires who bankroll UKIP and the Tories”, and the national media for giving them bucketloads of coverage while ignoring the rise in the Green Party standing in the polls during this campaign.

He said: “I hope that once people realise what UKIP actually stands for they will turn away from it in disgust, and turn to the Green Party, which offers a positive alternative to the old, failed parties.”

He added: “I am so grateful for all the warm words of so many Green voters from all over the Region – and for all the great work of Green Party activists – these past hours, weeks, months.

“I am gutted not to have been given the wonderful right to represent the East of England Region at the European Parliament. “I will never give up on politics or democracy.”

7 comments

  • Morette, your real name I presume, if your party's aims and objectives, as described in your Manifesto For a Sustainable Society, is to decentralise power, why would you at every turn of an unaccountable and unfair electoral system crave a seat in Parliament, or the Lords for that matter? You surely would want to express these, your policies, not play the dirty game, just to join those who have turned politics into a game of oligarchies, hoping that noby sees you are wearing no cloth. The Greens now have three MEP's, they are all practising European power politics, not devolved or progressive local politics. I hope this helps your understanding of facts. There are more.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Who a a political campaigner does not seek to. actively "influence the young minds of students" along with everyone else they come into contact with? Is it not pre-requisite to "fervently craved power at every possible election"? Dies it not display drive and motivation? Perhaps you could enlighten us with your take on your comment "...explain to voters how the Green Party would enact or campaign for decentralisation and how this contravenes sitting at the centre of power."? What i mean by this is say it again but clear and concise plain speaking.

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    Morette

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Ellie is right Rupert is a great lecturer, but lets leave it at that.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • I was one of Rupert Read's students at UEA and you have got him completely wrong. He taught us at all times to think for ourselves, he never taught us what to think or preached or used his position to influence us. He is a wonderful lecturer, a committed environmentalist, a conviction politician and he wants the best for this country. he is also an extremely kind ad generous man and treats his students well. He is not the extremist you have painted him to be.

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    Ellie

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • I would hardly describe Mr Read as a political extremist given some of the nasty parties that have just been elected to the European Parliament. Saddened that he is giving up on MEP Candidacy for 2019 but hopefully he can join Caroline Lucas and others in commons fighting for the common good. Not some racist, homophobic morons for Conservatives and Unionist or UKIP.

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    Nick Scales

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Let's not mince words, Mr Read is a political extremist who has fervently craved power at every possible election in recent years. Heaven help us if he ever gets into Westminster. What concerns me is why such an activist is allowed to influence the young minds of students at the UEA. Who pays his salary? Is it the taxpayer? If I was running the UEA I would not want Mr Read to have any influence whatsoever on the studies and interests of the students. Worth an investigation by the EDP I think.

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    Lord 'Elp-Us

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • My congratulations to Molly Scott Cato winning thew third MEP seat for the Greens in the South West. That Peter Thatchel and Rupert did not succeed must have something to do with their specific policies. Peter wants to see a no flight zoner established in Syria, knowing full well that this has brought NATO bombing, chaos and civil war to Libya, something voters do nto support. Rupert Read might dearly want the job, but his communicating skills are trumped by his lecturing demeanor, imho. That he wants to sit in a central Parliament the Green Party wants to get rid of, their rethoric of decentralising politics whilst vying with each other to get selected and then elected to a central Government, does not ring true with many voters. Maybe he should explain to voters how the Green Party would enact or campaign for decentralisation and how this contravenes sitting at the centre of power.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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