Solihull Greens slammed by PM
PRIME Minister Theresa May has condemned Green Party councillors in Solihull for supposedly “pandering to racism” by trying to win votes from BNP supporters.
It comes after it was revealed Green activists were told that if they met a BNP supporter while canvassing, they should encourage them to go to the polling station in the hope that they might vote Green. The advice
was contained in a detailed document called ‘ How to Win an Election’, written by Chris Williams, the party’s Regional Manager for Elections and a councillor in Solihull.
Mrs May spoke after she was questioned by Solihull Conservative MP Julian Knight during Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons. He said: “Not long ago we had the horror of three pigs heads being left outside a Muslim community centre in Solihull. Then the EDL thugs came to my proud multicultural town, and we turned our backs on them.
“In this light, will the Prime Minister join me in condemning utterly the actions of a Solihull Green councillor, as reported in the Birmingham Mail, who has written a guide about how to attract and trick BNP voters. There is no place for pandering to racism in my town or in our politics.”
The Prime Minister told him: “I absolutely agree with him. There is no place in our society for pandering to racism of any sort. And we should send a very clear message of that from the whole of this House.”
Mrs May also said that the Government was making more money available to protect places of worship.
The Green Party say the document is no longer in use.
A spokesperson said: “The Green Party offers a solution of hope, not hate, and we are proud to have taken seats from UKIP, erased the BNP in Solihull and to offer an anti- establishment alternative that can challenge the politics of hate.”
The party is the official opposition in Solihull, with 11 councillors. Nationwide they have one MP and are led by Sian Berry and Jonathan Bartley.
The BNP is a racist party which believes in putting “British” people first and also argues that only ethnic white Europeans can be British.
Prime Minister Theresa May