With the general election approaching, the local Green Parties with members living in the Wells constituency were asked by the national party to stand aside our constituency candidate. This part of a series of electoral arrangements known as Unite to Remain which involves The Green Party, Liberal Democrats, and Plaid Cymru aiming to encourage as many remain constituency victories as possible.
Wells is a Lib Dem target seat. In exchange, they are standing aside in nine key Green target constituencies.
Having balloted members in the Wells constituency last week, the Green Party will not be fielding a candidate in Wells.
Deals such as this also provoke controversy and unhappiness, as the recent news coverage has highlighted. But while our electoral system remains unreformed, these sorts of deals represent the best chance the Green Party has at gaining further representation in Parliament. Given the political crisis and climate emergency, this has never been more crucial.
The Green Party is celebrating a spectacular election result that has seen the number of MEPs in England double, rising from three to seven!
The first Brussels Green Party representatives were elected in the Eastern, North West, West Midlands, and Yorkshire and Humber regions. Greens seats were retained in London, the South East, and here in the South West, where Molly Scott Cato was re-elected.
Nationally, our votes topped 2 million and we finished fourth in the total vote above the Conservative Party, the first time the Greens have beaten the Tories in a national election…
Green co-leader, Sian Berry, said: “Following on from our spectacular local election results where we more than doubled our representation, tonight’s result is proof of the size and power of the Green Wave that is sweeping across the country. Our message of ‘yes to Europe, no to climate change’ clearly resonated strongly with voters, many of whom will have been casting their vote for our party for the first time. We topped the poll in Bristol, Norwich, and Brighton and Hove, and scored brilliant seconds in Sheffield, Cambridge, and Oxford.”
In Mendip, we came third – beating both Conservatives and Labour – taking a staggering 22.8% (302,364) of the vote!
Glastonbury & Street Green Party are delighted to announce that Councillor Denise Michell has been elected as the new ‘Green’ Mayor of Glastonbury.
Photo by Jason Bryant
Denise, who has served as a Glastonbury councillor since 2011, was elected unanimously by her fellow town councillors at the first meeting of Glastonbury Town Council since the Greens won nine of the council’s 16 seats on 2nd May!
Fellow long-standing Green councillor, Jon Cousins, was elected Deputy Mayor – repeating the dynamic Green duo’s Mayoral roles of 2015-16, when Denise became Glastonbury’s first Green Mayor.
Find out more about Glastonbury’s Green Councillors HERE.
Help re-elect Molly Scott Cato as Green MEP for the South West
Molly has been clear on Brexit and has campaigned across the region for a People’s Vote and to stop the Brexit chaos.
Molly has been strong on climate, campaigning for rapid investment in renewables, working on sustainable finance law, and helping shaping a Green New Deal.
Molly is an economist who has challenged rising inequality and fought tax avoidance by large companies and the ultra-wealthy.
As well as Molly, we have five other outstanding candidates on the Green list: Cleo Lake, Carla Denyer, Tom Scott, Martin Dimery, and Karen La Borde.
Why is this election so crucial?
This European Parliament election on 23rd May is the most important in our history. As we teeter on the brink of a catastrophic Brexit it offers us a vital opportunity to show that the will of the people has changed. Molly is the most clearly Remain MEP in the South West. A strong vote for Molly and the Green Party will help increase pressure for a People’s Vote; and we can use the European Elections as a proxy referendum.
Just as importantly, you can help make sure that EU policies develop in a way that’s good for the environment, good for the climate, and good for people’s quality of life.
In our most successful local elections ever, the following Green Party Candidates have been elected in the Mendip District of the Wells Constituency:
Mendip District Council:
Glastonbury St. John’s Ward – Jon Cousins
Glastonbury St. Mary’s Ward – Lindsay MacDougall
Wells City Council:
Wells Central – Pam Crummay
Wells St. Thomas – Jennifer Rust
Wells St. Cuthberts – Sarah Briton and Jennifer Linsdell
Glastonbury Town Council:
Glastonbury St. Benedict’s Ward – Denise Michell, Ian Mutch, and Brian Outten
Glastonbury St. Edmund’s Ward – Jon Cousins and Serena Roney-Dougal
Glastonbury St. John’s Ward – Sue Barnett and Christine Prior
Glastonbury St. Mary’s Ward – Lindsay MacDougall and Mike Smyth
With nine out of the 16 seats, we now have overall control of Glastonbury Town Council!
Many thanks to all, including those who stood but did not get elected, those who leafletted, and those who voted.
PRESS RELEASE: Glastonbury Declares Climate Emergency.
by Dr Richard Tabor.
Published in the Central Somerset Gazette on Thursday, 28th February 2019.
In a rare moment of consensus ten of eleven Glastonbury Town Council members attending a meeting depleted by illness on Tuesday 12th February voted to pass a motion declaring a Climate Emergency put forward by two former mayors. Only Conservative representative and County Councillor Terry Napper abstained as other members from all parties voted in favour.
Green Party councillor Jon Cousins spoke to the motion which was supported by his colleague, Emma George. Citing the dire consequences of a 1.5 degree rise in global temperatures highlighted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Global Warming’s 2018 special report on Climate Change the council’s ambitious Climate Emergency committed Glastonbury to:
“1) Continue to show foresight and leadership when it comes to addressing the issue of Climate Change, having adopted an Environmental Charter, opposed fracking in the Mendips and throughout the UK, installed solar panels on the Town Hall roof, and banned single use plastics;
2) pledge to make the operation of Glastonbury Town Council carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.”
After reading out the motion Councillor Cousins spoke of the “unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”, reminding his colleagues that Climate Change is a serious issue effecting everyone. He noted that Town Councillors as representatives of the community needed to take action because seemingly insignificant every-day actions, such as discarding a plastic bag, can have far reaching consequences as demonstrated by the vast amount of plastic waste floating in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
He went on to say that the decisions we make now as individuals, as communities and as a nation will be judged by our children and grandchildren who will have to deal with the consequences. In calling for the motion to be adopted he concluded that the council had a duty to future generations to be on the ‘right side of history’. He received eloquent support from Councillor Emma George who explained that other Councils across the UK had already passed similar motions and had pledged to make their towns carbon neutral by 2030. Only Councillor Napper was unwilling to support the motion as he felt that the word ‘pledge’ was too strong. The passing of the vote was received with huge cheer from an uncharacteristically full public gallery.