VIDEO: Local elections 2012: The Green Party

THE Green Party will be trying to win its first seat on South Tyneside Council as thousands of voters head to the polls on Thursday.

They are one of the parties fielding candidates in this 2012 local elections, and are fielding candidates in two wards as they try to give environment-based politics a voice.

Here, in an exclusive Gazette election video preview, leader Shirley Ford explains why you should vote for its candidates.