People want a new politics

Linden Road Hebden Bridge

Many people agree that it's time for a change in the way politics is run in this country.

In the Green Party, along with many others, we feel that the change should be more than the usual swing of the boring old Tory/Labour pendulum.

Voters are telling us that they are considering voting Green for the first time, because they are disgusted with the main parties. This also confirms what the polls are telling us – very soon we'll know how well we've done in the Euro elections.

However, when the general election comes the old, unfair voting system will mean that most people's votes simply won't matter.

It's no coincidence that most of the MPs who made outrageous expenses claims were the ones in nice safe Labour/Tory seats. The system means that, in those constituencies, any candidate gets elected so long as they wear the right colour rosette.

There's a new campaign, called Make My Vote Count, demanding a referendum on electoral reform – we urge everyone to sign up to it. Wouldn't it be great to vote for real change, just for a change?

Kate Sweeny

Green Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate in the Calder Valley