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New Green party leader to attack Labour

New Green party leader to attack Labour
New Green party leader Natalie Bennett has used her first speech as head of the party to attack Labour for failing to provide a real alternative to the Conservatives' economic policies.

Ms Bennett, who is thought to be trying to win over disaffected Labour and Liberal Democrat voters, said at the Green party conference in Brighton: “As the Green party, we have a huge job to do – it’s a huge task, a big, big ask but I believe we can do it and do it well, and in fact we are already doing it. That job is to be the opposition.”

On Monday Ms Bennett became only the second person to lead the party, replacing the sole Green MP, Caroline Lucas, who stood aside.

Speaking on the Today programme ahead of the Bristol conference, she said the party offered a "unique vision for the future of Britain" and set a target of six MEPs at the next European election.

"Many Lib Dem voters are coming to us, but we're also finding that Labour voters have no enthusiasm for Labour and you can very easily see why they wouldn't," Ms Bennett said.

"We're looking for voters who might have voted Lib Dem or Labour in the past, and even some Tory voters are seeing that we desperately need to reign in the financial industries, regulate them and they like what we've got to say about that too."

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07/09/2012 on Today, BBC Radio 4