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Green Party reacts to postponement of May elections

The Green Party has reacted to the news that the local council and elections for Mayors scheduled for May, will be postponed for a year.

Co-leader of the Green Party Jonathan Bartley said: “The health and welfare of our members, activists and the wider community absolutely must be top priority. So despite being on course to make significant gains in May off the back of our 60% increase in vote share at the General Election in December, we are supportive of a postponement.

“The situation with Covid-19 is changing all the time and we hope that if this health crisis allows, the elections can happen sooner than May next year. We wouldn’t like to see an arbitrary delay followed through without good reason.”

Matt Edwards, Bradford Green Party local party co-ordinator said, “The campaign for more Green Party councillors here in Bradford will continue in good time.

"There is so much good work that new Greens could be doing on Bradford Council and across our district so it is important that democracy is not delayed any longer than absolutely necessary and, if we can go ahead sooner, we definitely should."