Green Party candidates standing in five Birmingham constituencies
The Green Party is standing in five constituencies in Birmingham and is hoping to win votes off the main players.
Whilst Labour, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are fielding candidates in all ten city seats, the Greens are concentrating their efforts in their stronger areas.
Residents will be able to vote Green in Edgbaston, Selly Oak, Sutton Coldfield, Northfield and Ladywood.
Spokeswoman Lizzy Sharman said: “Whilst we are unlikely to win any seats in Birmingham, we do have contributions to make to the political debate and would like the opportunity to make our voices heard.
“There is a lot of support out there for Green policies and we think people are interested in what we’ve got to say.”
Their policies include creating a million new jobs and training places via a £44 billion investment programme, setting a minimum wage of £8.10 per hour, giving free social care for the elderly and increasing the carers’ allowance to £80 a week.
They would also spend an extra £1 billion a year on youth services and fund 2,000 young people’s centres, scrap the National Curriculum and replace it with a “set of learning entitlements”.
Class sizes would be no more than 20, university tuition fees will be abolished, the 300,000 empty private homes would be brought back into use and a new generation of high quality council homes would be built.