Greens call for greater democracy in East

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The Green Party’s South Suffolk Parliamentary candidate has called for “greater democracy” in England and the East following Scotland’s vote today.

Bildeston-based Robert Lindsay, standing for the Green Party in next year’s general election, said: “Suffolk is a county of rotten boroughs, since the first-past-the-post system means five out of seven seats are guaranteed to return a Conservative.”

The South Cosford ward councillor for Babergh District Council added: “At the moment, the power to hand out huge amounts of taxpayer funds in the East is the in hands of two or three unelected quangos known as Local Enterprise Partnerships.”

The Green Party believes regional representation and autonomy should be increased through directly-elected regional assemblies or through scrapping the House of Lords and electing representatives of the regions to a reformed second chamber.