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UK Election: Greens seek to capitalise on membership surge

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(Originally published by Equal Times) Translations: Spanish | French
With less than two months to go until the UK general elections on 7 May 2015, the Green Party is riding high on a wave of popular support.
Earlier this year,three separate pollsestimated that around 10 per cent of the electorate intended to vote for the party – its highest rating in years.
Meanwhile, membership has increased from under 20,000 to nearly 60,000 in the space of a year, echoing the success of other progressive, anti-austerity parties in Europe like Podemos in Spain and Greece’s rulingSyriza party.
“If we can utilise all these members, and get young people out to vote, we could pull off some big surprises,” Kieran Turner-Dave, the Green Party candidate for Manchester Central, toldEqual Times.
“I think most people in Britain are disillusioned by the current political system. Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems and UKIP all bark at each other like animals in the [House of] Commons – yet all four quietly agree …