It’s thought to be a political first – The Lib Dems and the Greens are to campaign together in the local elections in May.
The two parties announced their coalition on Saturday at the Flour Mill in Beeston. It was attended by Lord Brian Paddick and Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake.
Instead of opposing, they will endorse each other in the borough of Broxtowe. The Lib Dems will not face a Green party candidate in Nuthall and Kimberley, Brinsley and Greasley wards .
The Green Party will field candidates in the Stapleford and Broxtowe Central wards as well as Bramcote and Beeston North, but will not be opposed by a Lib Dem candidate.
“We are living in turbulent times; sadly, Labour is struggling whilst the Conservatives are destroying our country.”
Katharina Boettge, Green party candidaTE
Tim Hallam, a Liberal Democrat, who will be standing for Broxtowe Central and Stapleford, added, “I am completely for it. Our manifesto is almost identical for the county council. We would not implement this on a national level, just local. It should not be about the colour of your rosette, it should be about policies and if they are identical, why fight for each other’s voters and why not combine our efforts?”