Green Party defeats in Norwich City Council election a ‘hiccup’ says leader Natalie Bennett

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett in Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett in Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has said she believes the disappointing performance of her party in Norwich City Council's elections was 'a hiccup'.

Ms Bennett, who is standing down as the party's leader, was in Norwich today to urge people to register to vote in next month's in or out European Union referendum.

She said her party was committed to staying in the EU, but that extensive reform is needed, along with a debate based on facts.

She said: 'A lot of the debate in the mainstream media has not been very helpful and all too often has looked like a Tory leadership contest, rather than a debate over the EU.

'We know young people are much more inclined to remain in the EU, but there is a huge problem of millions who are not on the electoral roll.


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'We fear people will turn up and they won't be able to vote. That's why we are urging people to register.'

Her party recently lost four seats to Labour in the city council elections, but she said: 'I am hopeful that is a hiccup. I think the people of Norwich will realise that it is good for the city to have a strong, vocal opposition on the council. More Labour councillors won't make much difference at all.'

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She said she had been made aware, before the election, that four Green county councillors intended to abstain in the leadership vote at Norfolk County Council. That led to Conservatives taking on the leadership at County Hall.

Ms Bennett said the decision was taken locally and the county council's committee system, achieved with Green support, meant the Tories could be kept in check.

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