I’m the Green Party candidate in one of the safest Tory seats in the country, (54% vote in 2017) where opinion between Lab and Lib Dem in general, or as a tactical vote is divided – NB despite despite voting tactically being pointless here In the last two elections, lots of people who would prefer to
A conversation I’ve been having often in the last few weeks runs something like this:
Me: Do you know what ‘Short Money’ is?
Usual response: No, or is it something to do with ‘shorting’ in financial markets?
Me: It’s the money paid by the taxpayer to opposition parties to do their work in Parliament. It’s based on the number of MPs AND on the number of votes nationally. In 2015 when the Green Party got 1.2 million votes across the country, Caroline Lucas received over £200k per year in Short money, which was used to employ researchers across all areas of policy, which helped her be so effective as an MP. When the Green vote went down in 2017, 2 of these had to be laid off, as there was no money to pay them. In 2015 every 200 votes added £33.33 to this annual payment. George Osborn reduced it by 19% in the budget that year, but I’ve worked it out, and the value now is 13½p per vote per year. This may sound trivial, but multiplied by a million or more across the country it’s a substantial amount which has been vital to the Green Party and will be to any MPs who get elected this time.
Usual response: Wow! that’s really interesting – why don’t more people know about this?
Why not indeed? Unusually, in this general election (2019), I’m in favour of tactical voting where it can work to prevent another Tory government, but in very safe seats with no clear challenger, there’s no point. Vote with your brain AND your heart for the party whose policies you most agree with.
Know that every single vote for the Green Party helps us to represent you in Parliament, even if we don’t have an MP in your constituency. If you want to help by even more than this trivial amount, you can DONATE or JOIN US.
More about Short Money here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_Money