Green Party candidate X’s account suspended hours before polls open – South London News

The Green Party candidate, whose Twitter account was suspended just hours before polls opened on Thursday, says the ban is a sign of “choice interference”.

Peter Underwood, who ran for the Green Party East Croydonwoke up on Thursday morning to discover that his account and those of his local Green Party had been blocked by the social media platform.

Mr Underwood said: “Suspending the accounts of candidates and political parties just before the polls open constitutes clear election interference.

“The day before I retweeted a YouGov poll that showed people were tactically voting Labour to get Conservatives come out – I said you can still throw the Tories out by voting for the Greens.

“The post was viewed by over 150,000 people when the account was suspended – meaning all my tweets disappeared.

Voting in Croydon constituency on Thursday evening (Photo: LDRS)

“I’m not saying one tweet is going to change people’s votes, but a lot of people were undecided about this election.”

Mr. Underwood received a notification from X that his account had been suspended for “violating the policy against avoiding suspension.”

He said: “Over the years, I have repeatedly appealed to Twitter to report the most offensive and disgusting tweets and have always received a response that the account had not violated any rules.”

Five days later, both accounts remained suspended.

He said: “As politicians increasingly use social media – particularly in the run-up to elections – the fact that this is happening is a very serious concern.

“If they can do it to their local Green Party account, what’s stopping them from doing it to anyone at the election?”

Labour wins Croydon East (photo: Harrison Galliven)

As advances in social media suggest UK elections are being modernised, Mr Underwood has called for the current “outdated” system to be replaced with a “fairer” electoral system.

After the votes were counted and the results announced on Friday morning, it was revealed that Croydon has one Conservative MP in the south of the constituency, while Labour takes control of the north, east and west constituencies.

Across the four constituencies of Croydon, Labour gained a combined 79,829 votes, which was 45.4 per cent of all votes cast in Croydon, but 3.8 per cent less than at the last election in 2019.

The Conservatives secured 43,187 votes, down 10.5 per cent on 2019, the Liberal Democrats secured 16,645 votes in total, down 0.8 per cent, and the Reform Party secured 14,153 votes.

The Green Party was the only party to increase its vote share compared to the last election, winning 18,436 votes, an increase of 7.4%.

Conservative MP Chris Philp won Croydon South (Photo: Noah Vickers)

Mr Underwood said: “The UK has one of the most disproportionate electoral systems.

“Nationwide, Labor won a third of the vote but two thirds of the seats. The Greens won two million votes but only four MPs.

“It’s clear that we need a fairer system that reflects how people would vote in the next election. It should be proportional, because it’s a democracy.”

Looking forward to the 2026 council elections, Mr Underwood said: “The Greens must continue to show that we will work for communities and listen to people.

“The general election showed that people see the Green Party as a real and possible voting option.”

Twitter has been contacted for comment.

Pictured above: Peter Underwood, Green Party candidate for Croydon East (Photo: Peter Underwood)

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