I am delighted to say that today we reached our fundraising target for our General Election campaign. A huge thank you to everyone who has donated. Your donations mean we have the money for our deposits for the two seats in Tower Hamlets: Bethnal Green and Bow and Poplar and Limehouse, plus extra for our campaigning activities.
But it has deeper significance. Many people say that a major national political party cannot exist without big donor funds, from business, unions or the very rich.
But the Green Party, once again, confounds expectations. All over the country, ordinary people, coming together and giving modest amounts, are changing the way politics is done in this country.
We don’t design our policies around rich donors and money men (they are usually men). Our policies and priorities are what you get when you have a truly democratic party where members are in charge.
This method of fundraising, which has been a triumph in Tower Hamlets, and which recently raised £75,000 for the national party to ensure that we can stand in EVERY seat in the country, shows that we don’t need big business, we don’t need the super rich. We can keep ourselves free to plan our own way.