Green Party green tie fundraiser

Jumping into bed with the main parties — at least when it comes to fundraising techniques — the Green Party will be holding a black tie fundraiser at a luxury hotel in central London later this month.

Guests who can afford the £1,000 (minimum) ticket price will be treated to a champagne reception, three course dinner, a speech from party leader Natalie Bennett and the “opportunity to talk directly to leading figures in the Green Party on our agenda”.

But at least the party can deflect suggestions that they are abandoning their crusade against “politics as usual” — because the minimum ticket price is actually twice that of a standard ticket for the Tories’ much-maligned Black & White Election Fundraiser:

Tory black and white fundraiser £500 minimum

There will be an auction too — can readers shed any light on the prizes?

Via Oliver Savory

  1. While I don’t want to defend the event, it’s actually £500 a head. There’s a section lower down which has been cut off, which says that the £1,000 allows a donor and a guest to attend.

  2. The link mysteriously disappeared after Green Party members started slagging the event off last night. It’s amazing those behind it don’t realise how this would look in the media, even if they ignored the immorality and elitism.

  3. I’m an active Green Party member and don’t mind saying that I find this event disgraceful and contrary to basic principles of the Green Party. I have no idea what the brass in London were thinking about when they authorised this.

  4. Green by name, bicycle-riding, Guardian-reading Tories-on-push-bikes by nature. Just another middle-class political party for the well off middle class. And some fools tout them as being left wing, my arse they are.

  5. Dave, given I was previously a member of the labour party, and was born and raised in a council estate, I think you’re talking out of your arse.

  6. It’s also worth saying that you gis event was cancelled due to pressure from a multitude of Green members who believed that such an event ran contrary to our principles. Could you imagine either labour or the tories having the guts to do such a thing? Of course not.

  7. Does this count as journalism? Barely three paragraphs. The Buzz-feed-isation of journalism. Why bother?

  8. EppingBlogger says:

    They surely do not think this gets around the donations rules, do they?

    Clearly that level of charge is not economic and includes a donation.

  9. I’m not sure holding this up as an example of how democratic they really rings true – maybe I’m biased but it seems to demonstrate for the umpteenth time what an utter shambles they are.

  10. £ 500 a head, that could feed my wife and I for 3 months or more. They must be hard up for cash.

  11. sackcloth and ashes says:

    ‘Guests who can afford the £1,000 (minimum) ticket price will be treated to a champagne reception, three course dinner, a speech from party leader Natalie Bennett and the “opportunity to talk directly to leading figures in the Green Party on our agenda”’

    Wow. That would have been money well spent.

  12. Thomas Tidswell says:

    The Greens should, really, to maintain their leitmotif of complete irrelevance have had a sponsored “unlit pissing into the wind” competition. The winner was the one with the most urine in their turn-ups.

  13. This event was cancelled due to pressure from a multitude of Green members who believed that such an event ran contrary to our principles.

  14. Who the hell would vote for this party? Bunch of loons!!! Vote UKIP to get our Country back & out of the EU !!

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