Tagged: Berwick Green Party

BBC snub in Berwick ‘not good enough’, say Greens

The Green Party is furious after its general election candidate, Rachael Roberts, was not invited by BBC Look North to take part in its TV debate on the streets of Berwick today.

Tim Roake, the Berwick Green Party’s press officer, described the explanation given to him by BBC Look North as “not good enough” after only four of the six candidates vying for the Berwick seat were invited to take part in the question-and-answer session on Marygate. The English Democrat candidate was also missing.

Mr Roake said:

“The Green Party is the third biggest in the Berwick constituency, if not the second biggest. When I asked why Rachael was not invited, I was told they had looked at the previous election results and the European elections. But we did not stand in those elections. They used old information and it is not good enough.”

> That sounds a bit bizarre, even for the media. The BBC must have noticed the surge in membership of the Greens locally.

A spokesperson for BBC North East and Cumbria said:

“Based on BBC guidelines, we only invited the four main candidates to our Look North hot seats in Berwick. We will be filming a separate hot seat with Green Party candidate Rachael Roberts.”

Source – Berwick Advertiser, 14 Apr 2015

Berwick Greens make progress

The Berwick Green Party has confirmed that is intends to have its general election candidate in place by the end of the month.

Karl Robins is the co-ordinator for the newly-formed constituency party. The party has also announced that its next meeting is scheduled to place in the south of the constituency on Saturday, January 31.

A statement from the Berwick Greens said:

“With the party accelerating in national opinion polls, the Berwick upon Tweed Constituency Green Party intend to have a candidate in place by the end of January so that the task of fighting the general election can begin in earnest.

“Having watched and listened while friends and neighbours across the border took their future so seriously throughout last year’s referendum debate, it seems that many in Northumberland now want to take a more active role in deciding their own future.

“Setting up a party organisation from scratch, there is a lot to be put in place in a very short time, but there is clear and enthusiastic support from existing members, and a huge expression of interest from the general public.

“Local party officials have asked the public to bear with them while the necessary structures are put in place at a local level.”

○For more info about the party, email Karl Robins at rhinos3054@yahoo.co.uk

Source –  Berwick Advertiser,  20 Jan 2015