Fair Fight in the Green Corner


With the General Election now set for May 6, the Green Party has issued a challenge to local candidates to sign up to a ‘Clean Campaign Pledge’.

Keith M Ross, Swansea Green Party Election Agent and their candidate for the Swansea West constituency, said, “Public regard for politicians has never been lower, and it is crucial that we help regain the public’s trust in politics. Honest and responsible campaigning by political parties is an essential part of this.”

Candidates taking the pledge will commit to refrain from personal attacks, not to mislead the public about who is likely to win and to make only honest and reasonable promises.  The wording is based on a pledge that the Green Party initiated in the Norwich North by-election last year, which achieved support from the Labour, Conservative and UKIP candidates.

Mr Ross continued, “Voters are tired of negative campaigning, of insults and innuendo. Greens in Swansea will campaign on the issues that matter to local people including the economy, health, education and climate change and will refrain from hypocritical and petty point scoring that is too often a feature of old-style election campaigning. We very much hope the other candidates will agree to do likewise.”

Tony Young, Green Party candidate for the Swansea East constituency, said, “I hope our opponents in Swansea will agree with this pledge. I have always believed in campaigning in a positive and informative way. I hope we can have a mature and respectful political debate in Swansea.

“Clean election campaigning is an important part of cleaning up politics, but if elected as MP I also pledge not to abuse the expenses system, to retain my home in Swansea, to hold regular surgeries for residents to raise issues with me and to respond promptly to communications from residents.”

The Clean Campaign Pledge:

To fight a clean, positive and honest campaign around the issues that
concern local voters.

To tell the truth about what we stand for and have achieved, and about     what others stand for and have achieved.

To refrain from personal attacks.

To make only honest and reasonable promises.

To be honest about public spending.

To publish online details of all donations of more than £1,000, in line with Electoral Commission rules.


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