The British political landscape has transformed in recent years with the emergence of the Green Party, the SNP and UKIP as serious forces in British politics, as demonstrated during in the 2014 local and European elections and the 2015 General Election.
In 2008, The Green Party replaced their previously radical system of having only “principal speakers” and held their first leadership election. The party has since grown in popularity, winning fourth overall at the European elections and quadrupling its membership in since the beginning of 2014, thus becoming Britain’s fourth largest political party. This rapid increase was referred to by the media as the “Green Surge”.
The 2015 general election was the least predictable in decades. Politicians and the media were confident that the only possible outcome would be a hung parliament with either Labour or the Conservatives alongside an emerging party. Despite the Green Party gaining over 1 million votes, they took only one seat and the United Kingdom is now being represented by a majority Conservative government.
"These election results show that the political landscape has fractured and we now live in an era of multi-party politics where the politics of the future no longer has to look like the politics of the past." - Green Party leader Natalie Bennett.
This story presents an intimate account of the Green Party's most hopeful election campaign to date - the 2015 General Election – focusing on the constituencies of Holborn & St Pancras in central London, where Natalie Bennett was the candidate.