Mid Dorset and North Poole’s Green Party candidate, Mark Chivers, discussed his thoughts on the party’s involvement in the election, with David Watts.
MP Mark Chivers states that this is the first time the party has stood in every constituency in Dorset, and with the exit poll standing at two seats for the party, he said: “under the first past the post, getting a single seat was a huge achievement, and if we can get a second seat tonight that would be absolutely fantastic.”
The Green Party plan to scrap tuition fees, end the creeping privatisation of the NHS and abolish the bedroom tax. Mark Chivers said that the campaign has received nothing but “positive messages,” and that Brighton Pavillion’s MP Caroline Lucas has helped to raise awareness with certain issues, which is just as important. “Climate change is one example; it really hasn’t featured in this election, and so having Green MPs makes sure we really do keep some of these important issues.”
Students Alice and Erin discussed the policies of the party, and how it will attract more youth voters due to the party wanting to tackle issues that will affect this generation, such as climate change and tuition fees. Alice said, “the debt we have is very daunting, although we may not pay it all back.”
Chivers said: “The Green party isn’t what happens in the ballot box but its about the campaigns we put in place.”
He also discussed the endorsement with Russell Brand: “Some of his underlying points about how people should make change happen are just as important as well.”