'STRONG GREEN VOICE IS NEEDED' Caroline Lucas Became the UK's First Green Party MP Last Year. on the Eve of the Party's Conference in Cardiff, Political Editor DAVID WILLIAMSON Spoke to the Green Leader about Her Targets in South Wales
GREEN Party activists from across the UK are in Cardiff today as they make a push to win their first seat in the National Assembly.
UK leader Caroline Lucas last year became the first Green MP, and she believes South Wales Central could be the setting for a historic electoral victory in May.
She supports the electrification of the Great Western railway line from London if it is powered by renewable sources, and wants the Assembly Government to do more to improve energy efficiency in homes and businesses.
She said: "If you really want to ensure social and environmental justice are at the top of the agenda the best way to do that is to have a strong Green voice."
If Labour are a seat short of a majority after the Assembly elections a Green AM could have the chance to play a strategic role.
Ms Lucas said it would be up to Welsh Greens to decide whether or not to join a coalition, but she expected the party would work with another on a "case by case" basis.
Green voters may well have the power to swing elections in key marginal seats in May.
At the last Westminster election, the Conservatives took Cardiff North from Labour by just 194 votes, with 362 people voting Green.
Julie Morgan, the seat's former MP, is standing as Labour's Assembly candidate against incumbent Conservative AM Jonathan Morgan. Ms Morgan hopes to win the support of Green voters in May.
She said: "Labour has always been tremendously committed to environmental issues."
She added that her husband Cardiff West AM Rhodri Morgan and she had fitted solar panels to their home, regularly composted and recycled, grew their own vegetables, were a one-car household, and chose to holiday in Wales.
The Conservatives' Mr Morgan said his party was leading the charge to keep green spaces in the constituency and was championing local businesses that wanted to pioneer renewable technology.
Plaid Cymru and the Conservatives each won two of the four regional list seats in South Wales Central in 2007, but the party aims to persuade Labour voters and former Liberal Democrat supporters to back Green candidate Jake Griffiths. …