These are the top 5 target seats for the Greens at the general election

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The Greens will focus heavily on five key seats ahead of the general election on 8 June, a senior party source confirmed to IBTimes UK on Thursday 20 April.

Molly Scott Cato, who represents the South West of England in the EU Parliament, will fight for Labour-held Bristol West as Caroline Lucas, the sole Green MP, campaigns to keep her Brighton Pavilion seat.

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Elsewhere, the left-wingers will also target the Labour safe seat of Sheffield Central, Conservative semi-marginal the Isle of Wight and Tory-held Bath.

"The Greens are embarking on our boldest campaign ever," the source told IBTimes UK.

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"Of course the top priority will be building on Caroline Lucas' solid majority but we're going to be going much further than that.

"For a start that means turning the monumental swing in our favour in Bristol West last time into a seat in parliament for Molly Scott Cato."

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The comments come just a day after Lucas and Jonathan Bartley called for discussions with Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron and Labour's Jeremy Corbyn in a bid to form an anti-Tory alliance.

The latest opinion polls from ICM, YouGov and ComRes had the Greens on 4%, just above the party's 3.8% share of the vote at the 2015 general election.

Bristol West

Current MP: Labour's Thangam Debbonaire

Majority: 5,673

2015 general election result:

Labour: 22,900 (35.7%)

Green: 17,227 (26.8%)

Lib Dem: 12,103 (18.8%)

Conservative: 9,752 (15.2%)

Ukip: 1,940 (3%)

Brighton Pavilion

Current MP: Greens' Caroline Lucas

Majority: 7,967

2015 general election result:

Green: 22,871 (41.8%)

Labour: 14,904 (27.3%)

Conservative: 12,448 (22.8%)

Lib Dem: 1,525 (2.8%)

Ukip: 2,724 (5%)

Independent: 116 (0.2%)

Sheffield Central

Current MP: Labour's Paul Blomfield

Majority: 17,309

2015 general election result:

Labour: 24,308 (55%)

Green: 6,999 (15.8%)

Conservative: 4,917 (11.1%)

Lib Dem: 4,278 (9.7%)

Ukip: 3,296 (7.5%)

Isle of Wight

Current MP: Conservative Andrew Turner

Majority: 13,703

2015 general election result:

Conservative: 28,591 (40.7%)

Ukip: 14,888 (21.2%)

Green: 9,404 (13.4%)

Labour: 8,984 (12.8%)

Lib Dem: 5,235 (7.4%)

Bath

Current MP: Conservative Ben Howlett

Majority: 3,833

2015 general election result:

Conservative: 17,833 (37.8%)

Lib Dem: 14,000 (29.7%)

Labour: 6,216 (13.2%)

Green: 5,634 (11.9%)

Ukip: 2,922 (6.2%)

[Source: UK Polling Report]

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