Greens claim credit for stopping Tory majority

By Aubrey Allegretti, Political Reporter
The Green Party's co-leader has claimed credit for helping deny Theresa May a majority at the recent general election.
Jonathan Bartley, who has run the party with Caroline Lucas for just over a year, said the Green's policies were now "part of the mainstream".
He claimed their performance in June, returning one MP and securing 1.6% of the vote, had influenced the demise of key Conservative policies.Mr Bartley pointed to the "dementia tax" and a free vote on repealing the fox hunting ban as those dropped because of the Green's second-best result in a national poll.
Greens claim credit for stopping Tory majority

May lost her majority at the snap election in June
But he admitted at the party's conference in Harrogate, Yorkshire, that it had "suffered at the hands of a two-party system"."It hurt, and I know many of us still feel that hurt," he said. "I do."But let's not forget what we've achieved together. Our ideas and policies are now common currency."
Mr Bartley also told supporters they could be the most influential force in 21st century politics, declaring: "Where we lead, others follow."He claimed the Greens had shaped the political debate on austerity and that other parties only "flirt" with changing the economic system."We have changed the minds of other parties on fracking and we are changing the debate about a universal basic income."Other parties might flirt with changing the economy. Or the welfare system. But we are the only party that is honest about how much things need to change."Caroline Lucas remains the party's sole representative in the House of Commons after holding her Brighton Pavilion seat.The party was 2.2% of the vote down on its share in 2015.
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