By John Collins, Highgate Green Party member
Talking about candidates signing pledges, why is the Tory candidate for Holborn and St Pancras the only one who hasn’t signed the Equality Pledge? This is the pledge promoted by the Equality Trust set up by the authors of The Spirit Level mentioned here a few days ago.
I sent the following email to our Tory candidate George Lee on 9 March:
Dear Mr Lee,
As a voter in Holborn and St Pancras, I note that you are the only one of the four main candidates who have not signed the Equality Pledge (see link below with full list of all who have signed, in alphabetical order of constituency).
Does this mean that you and the Conservatives do not wish to narrow the gap between rich and poor?
He has not replied, nor does his name appear on the Equality Trust website.
The full text of the pledge signed by our Green Party candidate and others reads:
“Compelling new evidence presented by The Equality Trust shows that more equal societies – those with a narrower gap between rich and poor – are more cohesive, healthier, suffer fewer social problems and are more environmentally sustainable. In view of these findings I am committed to making the UK a more equal society as the most effective means of building a better society. I will therefore actively support the case for policies designed to narrow the gap between rich and poor; and engage with the debate on which measures should be implemented to achieve that aim.”