The Green Party candidate for Bethnal Green & Bow at the 2015 general election is calling for his party to be included in the annual televised political debates after his selection this week.
Alistair Polson, a lawyer, has called for Green Party leader Natalie Bennett to be a part of the broadcasters’ planned leader debates.
He said that it is “outrageous” that his party has not been offered a platform after UKIP leader Nigel Farage was asked to take part.
Polson said: “We think that the media have already promoted UKIP far too much. It would not be right to exclude us when our poll ratings are at roughly the same level as the Liberal Democrats.”
The BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel 4 have proposed three debates.
The first will be a head-to-head debate between the two leaders who could become Prime Minister, Conservative and Labour.
The second will be a debate between the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat leaders, while the third will also include UKIP.
He said that his party is prepared to take legal action, adding: “We have even earned the unlikely support of David Cameron and are prepared to mount a legal challenge, sending in the lawyers if it comes to it.
“People in Tower Hamlets and elsewhere will see this as unfair and want to hear from politicians from all sides.”
Polson has been chair of Tower Hamlets Green Party for the last four years. He sought his party’s policies against austerity, tackling air pollution and protecting GP surgeries as reasons to vote for him, as well as opposition to any new wars proposed.
‘The American and British involvement in the bombing campaign in Syria will generate exactly the story of hostility we want to prevent,” he added.