Soli­hull Greens slammed by PM

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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

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