Election 2010 (How green are your candidates?)

1st May 2010

Election 2010Introduction

The 2010 General Election will be one of the closest-run in recent history, and comes at a critical time for our future as we face growing concerns about climate change, resource depletion and the state of our planet’s life support systems.

It’s more important than ever that politicians commit to take action on the environment, so we’ve surveyed all the election candidates in Greater Manchester to get them thinking about, and gauge their views on, ten key environmental issues

Results

Election 2010

So far, we’ve had 48 responses to our survey and found some consensus between all parties on certain issues such as the proposal for a “Robin Hood Tax”, and clear differences on others, such as nuclear power.

Each candidate has been given a score between -20 and +20, as listed in our green league table, based on how strongly they agree with our position on the ten key issues we put to them. Taking an average of the scores by party gives the following picture of how green each party’s candidates really are:

So far, we’ve had 48 responses to our survey and found some consensus between all parties on certain issues such as the proposal for a “Robin Hood Tax”, and clear differences on others, such as nuclear power.

Each candidate has been given a score between -20 and +20, as listed in our green league table, based on how strongly they agree with our position on the ten key issues we put to them. Taking an average of the scores by party gives the following picture of how green each party’s candidates really are:

To find out more, visit our survey results page, download our briefing document (PDF, 112KB), or click on one of the constituency links on the right to see how your candidates responded. If you’re not sure which constituency you’re in, you can find out by entering your postcode on the They Work For You website.

Take Action!

Want to do more to push environmental issues up the political agenda where they belong?  Visit our action page to find out what you can do…