For the Common Good: The Green Party’s 2015 General Election Campaign
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Judy Maciejowska reflects on the campaign and the party’s success in winning an unprecedented million votes in a national election. This followed the breakthrough that came in 2010 with the return of the first ever Green MP, Caroline Lucas, and her re-election campaign is considered alongside those in other potentially winnable seats. Consideration is given to the opportunities afforded to the party by leader Natalie Bennett’s involvement in the televised debates, the decline of the Liberal Democrats and a significant surge in membership going into the election. There is further discussion of how the Greens supervised a significant increase in the number of its parliamentary candidates.