Green Party members vote against standing aside in Hampstead and Kilburn

Greens unhappy that Labour will not reciprocate after stepping aside in other marginal seats

Tuesday, 9th May 2017 — By Richard Osley

Green candidates John Mansook and Sian Berry

John Mansook, the Green Party candidate in Hampstead and Kilburn, with Sian Berry, who is standing in Holborn and St Pancras

THE Green Party has decided against stepping down in the marginal constituency of Hampstead and Kilburn where Labour’s Tulip Siddiq is under siege from a Tory challenge.

Ms Siddiq met Green members last night (Monday) and is understood to have spoken for around 90 minutes on issues where she has common ground with them. But after she left the meeting, a vote was taken and the party chose to keep candidate John Mansook, the chairman of the Greens in Brent, on the ballot paper.

The Greens have already stood down in several constituencies in a bid to prevent Conservative candidates from winning, amid fears among the Tories’ opponents that Theresa May is on the brink of amassing a colossal parliamentary majority ahead of Brexit negotiations.

Tulip Siddiq campaigning in West Hampstead

It is understood, however, that while Ms Siddiq’s views on issues such as fracking, electoral reform and Brexit chime with members in north London, Labour’s refusal to stand down candidates in key target seats for the Greens – Brighton Pavilion and the Isle of Wight – counted against her.

Ms Siddiq is defending a slim majority of 1,138, although this is an increase from the 42 vote margin of victory Labour achieved in 2010. She had already called for Labour not to field a candidates against Caroline Lucas, the sole Green MP, and on the Isle of Wight.

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