John Harris

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The Green surge: is this the party that will decide the election?

The Green party is not just riding high in the opinion polls – it has signed up 13,000 new members in one week. If it keeps growing at this rate, it will be bigger than Labour by May. Is it really on the verge of a breakthrough?

Olivia Cropper is a 34-year‑old mother of one who lives in Hove, and works in the complaints department of one of the big banks. “I’m not particularly leftwing,” she says, and she is probably right: up until 2010, she tended to vote for the Liberal Democrats.

Last Thursday, she filled in an online membership form, handed over £31 and joined the Green party, chiefly thanks to a nagging sense of injustice. “I read something – I think it was on Twitter – about how Green membership was increasing exponentially, day by day,” she tells me, “and how the total Green membership was now bigger than Ukip’s, and that would be significant when people were deciding who was going to be included in the TV election debates. I thought, ‘If I can add my name to that, it’ll add even more weight to that argument.’ The Greens are more popular now than the Lib Dems, and if a small party like Ukip is going to get in on the act, I think they should too.”

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