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Green Party leader Natalie Bennett visiting Southampton
6:00am Wednesday 3rd October 2012 in News
The Green Party’s new leader will be visiting Southampton today to meet local activists as they prepare for council elections next year.
Natalie Bennett was elected leader earlier this month to replace Caroline Lucas, the Green Party’s first MP.
Ms Bennett will visit Who Made Your Pants?, a Southampton business that employs local women to create lingerie from materials discarded or sold off by the main underwear industry.
She said it would be a chance to introduce herself to voters looking for an alternative political party.
“The Liberal Democrats are fast losing support having failed to stand up to the Tories and Labour in Southampton and are failing to offer a real alternative,” she said. “In some areas of Hampshire the Greens are the only people speaking out against the policies of the Conservatives locally and nationally”.
“In Hampshire, renewable energy will provide far more jobs. It is expected that offshore wind farms planned in the region will have a base in Southampton for project and maintenance crews.
“We are the only party that has pointed out that while there is a huge shortage of affordable homes for young people, there are thousands of empty, unused homes in the county and especially in Southampton.”
She said the Greens had a “very good chance” of getting a second Euro MP elected for the region.