Peter Cranie, the lead European elections candidate for the North West Green Party, will be opening the Green Party’s spring conference at St George’s Hall today. His speech will celebrate Liverpool as a diverse and multicultural city and will outline his ambitions to become the region’s first Green MEP.
Peter Cranie, who lives in south Liverpool, narrowly missed out on election to the European Parliament by just 0.3% in 2009. Peter will welcome delegates from across the country to the conference and introduce Natalie Bennett, the Green Party’s Leader, to the stage.
In his speech Peter will highlight the proud ethnic and cultural diversity in Liverpool and call on voters in the city to eject Nick Griffin and the BNP from the European Parliament in the May elections.
Peter Cranie commented: “The North West region was within a whisker of electing a Green MEP last time. Bringing our pre-election conference back to Liverpool is a clear indication that this is where we should gain our next European seat this time.”
“We are reaching out to those who have been let down by the Liberal Democrats. And we’re appealing to Labour supporters who want to lean on their party to adopt more radical positions on scrapping Trident, opposing fracking and rejecting this poor value nuclear energy deal that will tie people into high fuel prices for generations to come.”
The European Elections will take place on 22nd May, the same day as city council elections in Liverpool. The city’s Green Party is looking to double its number of councillors. Chair of Liverpool Green Party and St Michaels candidate, Tom Crone, who has helped to organise this weekend’s conference said:
“The collapse of the Liberal Democrats has led to a political vacuum in Liverpool. It is up to us to us to provide opposition. We need to robustly challenge Labour locally so that we don’t end up with just one party in power – a situation which isn’t in the interests of our city and its residents. There is a timetable of public sessions at conference and I’m inviting local people to come along and join us in St George’s Hall.”