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Lack of electric charging points cancels Green Party's 'Stop Brexit' bus stop in Ramsgate

One of the stops on the 'Stop Brexit Bus' tour around Kent was cancelled today - after the driver could not find a charging point.

The Green Party's all electric bus had been due to arrive in Ramsgate at 3pm but has been forced to pull out for what was described as "logistical reasons".

The other stops in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge went ahead this morning and the final stop in Dover this evening still went ahead scheduled.

Green Party deputy leader Amelia Womack

It comes as Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage staged his own bus tour of Kent - through Dartford, Gravesend and Rochester.

Green Party deputy leader Amelia Womack said the failure of the campaign bus to reach Ramsgate proved an environmental point.

She explained the electric-powered bus could not make the stop because there was no chance to charge it in time.

She said: "We did not have a charging opportunity. It is important that there are charge sites so that vehicles like these can do longer journeys."

Having skipped a stop for the party's European Elections campaign it was able to make it's last stop, at Dover Seafront, before being driven the short distance to Folkestone for charging.

A spokesman for the Green Party confirmed the stop in Thanet - part of the party's European election campaign trail - will not happen.

The Stop Brexit Bus launched in Brighton as part of the Green Party's campaign for the European elections. Picture: JJ Waller (10826457)
The Stop Brexit Bus launched in Brighton as part of the Green Party's campaign for the European elections. Picture: JJ Waller (10826457)

Tricia Hartley, election agent for the Thanet Green Party, said there had been technical issues with the bus but they would still be out handing out leaflets and talking to people this afternoon.

Voters go to the polls tomorrow to elect the new MEPs for Britain despite the UK due to leave the European Union in October.

The Greens say they will fight to prevent the "disaster of Brexit" while continuing to campaign for climate change and free movement.

The bus, which is charged by solar power and runs entirely on electric power, has been touring around the south east starting in Brighton before heading on to places including Oxford, Southampton, Portsmouth and Eastbourne.

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