Molly Scott Cato MEP has called on Ofcom to recognise the Green Party as a major political Party. Responding to the Ofcom consultation on major political parties, she argues that the additional seat gained in the European elections in the South West, while the Liberal Democrats lost 11 of their 12 seats, is a clear indication that, ‘the momentum in terms of actual polling is with the Green Party.’ Dr Scott Cato also argues that, unlike UKIP, the Greens are part of a global movement. She said:
“The decision on whether to consider the Green Party as a major Party should not be based entirely on our support in one country, even though we have seen support surge here. As a Green MEP I sit in a small but significant group of MEPs in the European Parliament. It would be considered absurd in any other European country to exclude the Green Party from media coverage.”
Greens argue that they are consistently polling above the Liberal Democrats and are the most popular Party amongst the 18-24 age group. A recent surge in Green Party membership means that the Party now has more members than both UKIP and the Lib Dems.
Ofcom is currently consulting on which political parties it lists as ‘major parties’ ahead of the General Election in May 2015. The list of major parties is important for Ofcom’s regulation of election coverage. The consultation, which is open to all, closes this Thursday.