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Britain Stronger In Europe

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The Green Party believe Britain is stronger in Europe.

Join our local team and hand out leaflets to passers-by, spreading the message about why Britain is stronger in Europe.

#GreenerIN

Market Place, Glastonbury: 10am-12pm – Tuesday, 8th March
and
High Street, Street: 11am-1pm – Sunday, 11th March

 

The new Glastonbury & Street Green Party

West Mendip Green Party has now budded into two local parties!

For Wells, Shepton, and the surrounding areas, the party is ‘Mendip Hills’.

For Glastonbury, Street, and the surrounding areas, the party is ‘Glastonbury and Street’

As a result we will soon be moving to a new website at www.gsgp.org.uk – but we will be keeping the content of this site as an archive and redirecting the WMGP domain name to the new website!  So, if you have any pages bookmarked you will be redirected to the home page of the new website.

We also have a new email address, which is info@gsgp.org.uk

It’s taken a while to complete the budding process and we wish all the best to our colleagues in Mendip Hills Green Party and look forward to working with them into the future. 

Greens For Europe

On 23rd June 2016, every one of us has an equal vote in the referendum, and an equal chance to have a say in the future of our country.

The Green Party wants Britain to remain a part of the EU because we believe that we flourish when we work together on the shared challenges we face.

In a fast-changing world we need international rules to control big business and finance, and to ensure that people’s rights are protected – at work and as consumers.  The EU has also given us the freedom to live, study, work and retire across an entire continent.

The EU helps us look after our environment too.  It’s only by working with our European neighbours that we can tackle climate change, protect wildlife and reduce pollution.  Thanks to EU rules, our beaches are cleaner, and our dirtiest power stations are being shut down.

If you agree please sign our Petition for a Greener Europe.

For more information visit the Green Party website

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Elected Councillors

Elected CouncillorsThe elected members of West Mendip Green Party.
Back row, left to right: Cllr Alyson Black (Deputy Mayoress of Glastonbury 2014/15), Cllr Chris Briton (Right Worshipful Mayor of the City of Wells 2014/15), Cllr Jon Cousins (Glastonbury).
Front row, left to right: Cllr Gabriel Avalon (Glastonbury), Cllr Lindsay MacDougall (Glastonbury), Cllr Denise Michell (Deputy Mayor of Glastonbury 2014/15), Cllr Emma George (Glastonbury), and Cllr Paul Sander-Jackson (Glastonbury).
Missing is Kara Bryan who has been co-opted onto Street Parish Council.

Election Results

A very tired Jon Cousins shortly before the result of the Wells
Constituency count were announced in the General Election…
Cheddar Valley Gazette live broadcast 2015-05-08

The final results are in:

Well done to Jon Cousins for increasing the Green vote in the General Election to 2,331.  Gaining 4.1% of the vote; 3% more than 2010.

Jon narrowly missed becoming a Mendip District Councillor for Glastonbury St. Edmunds by 4 votes !

However, we have a fantastic 7 seats on Glastonbury Town Council – gaining minority-control!  And 1 on Wells City Council.  Those elected are:

Glastonbury Town Council:
Gabriel Avalon
Denise Michell
Paul Sander-Jackson
Jon Cousins
Alyson Black
Emma George
Lindsay MacDougall

Wells City Council:
Chris Briton

A big thanks to everyone who stood and to everyone who worked towards these results.

Several of us will be in the King Arthur in Glastonbury tomorrow from lunchtime onwards. Be good to see as many of you who can find the time to raise a toast to the WMGP.

Jon Cousins – 30 second pitch

jon_cousinsJon Cousins – his 30 second pitch

Jon Cousins is one of Glastonbury’s Green Town Councillors, Chair of Glastonbury Town Hall, and Prospective Green MP for Wells. A seasoned community activist, organiser, and green campaigner, he currently works with the co-operative movement in the UK and Europe.

He has made a 30 second pitch and you can see the video here

Supporting the A361 HGV Campaign

Letter to the Central Somerset Gazette from Lindsay MacDougall

I am writing to correct the perception given in last week’s paper that the A361 Ban the HGVs campaign (otherwise known as Bypass Glastonbury) has not been supported by the Green Party locally (“Greens are no-go”, 26th March).

West Mendip Green Party is fully behind my various and continuing efforts to work with Katarina Sonntag who is leading the campaign.

I recently spent two-and-a-quarter hours between 6.15 am and 9 am in the diesel fumes of the A361 in Glastonbury where there averages one HGV every minute, very often heavy enough to shake the foundations.

I have been to County Hall where the not entirely unexpected response from Highways Department was as though they had heard nothing.

Let’s build a democracy where people get heard.

Lindsay MacDougall

lindsay_macdougallLindsay MacDougall is a Prospective Green Party candidate for Glastonbury Town Council and Mendip District Council for St Mary’s Ward

Vote Tessa get Tory

torytessaA reponse to the LibDem election literature

I became a member of the Ecology Party in the early 1980s, I have voted Ecology or Green at every election since.

There is one exception to this. In the last General Election, I voted for the first time tactically. I wanted to get rid of the Tory – so I, like many other Greens – voted for Tessa Munt. Imagine my joy when she was elected as the Wells MP… At last a ‘Liberal Green’ !

Imagine my horror, as I watched her voting record in the Commons… She voted for things I would have voted against; she voted against things I would have voted for… She sided with the Conservatives on all the majority of divisions; staying away on important ‘green’ votes… even voting ‘pro-fracking’ on the second reading of the Infrastructure Bill as recently as 8th December 2014 – to “enable the extraction of petroleum and geothermal energy from land at a depth of at least 300 metres below the surface without the permission of the landowner

Indeed, Tessa Munt has hardly ever rebelled against the government in this parliament – I might as well have voted Tory… I would have got the same MP.

Now Tessa has the gall to say in her election blurb that a Green Party vote only helps the Conservatives… I would suggest that voting Tessa is exactly the same as voting Conservative.

She also suggests that the Green Party are directing their activists elsewhere as “they know they can’t win” in Wells… I suggest she takes a visit to Wells or Glastonbury on a Saturday morning – she’ll discover that the Green activists are alive and well, and out in force.

I, for one, will never tactically vote again. Indeed, the time for tactical voting is over – for voting ‘against’ what we don’t like! Now is the time to vote with your heart for what you truly believe in! I, for one, will be voting Green… Will you?

Jon Cousins

Jon Cousins is one of Glastonbury’s Green Town Councillors, Chair of Glastonbury Town Hall, and Prospective Green MP for Wells. A seasoned community activist, organiser, and green campaigner, he currently works with the co-operative movement in the UK and Europe.

Citizens’ Income

A letter from Lyn Lovell to the Central Somerset Gazette 26-03-2015

In your last issue, Malcolm Burton pours scorn on the Green Party policy of Citizens’ Income. He says it would go down well with the feckless and indolent and why wouldn’t we all become feckless and indolent?

Well, for a start, I’m quite sure that Malcolm Burton would not be content to live on an income that catered only to his basic needs! But actually, these feckless and indolent people would be much more likely to supplement their income by WORK if they were not caught in the “benefits trap”. We all know that currently, if you get paid work, you lose your benefits and even if you are a bit better off financially at the end of the day, you have to work such long hours on minimum wage that you have no time for having a life. No time to enjoy yourself, no time to spend with your family, no time to be creative in any way. Most people are enslaved by this system which requires us to put our lives at someone else’s disposal.

If people didn’t HAVE to work in a factory or a supermarket etc for peanuts, then maybe the employers would have to pay a bit more to entice them. Especially for the Very Horrible Jobs! And if they had the Citizens’ Income as well, then they could work say, 15-20 hours a week so that they could still have a life. Of course, more people could then have jobs. Share the work and share the pay. People could then find work that suited them rather than becoming a cog in the slavery machine. Jon Cousins wrote very eloquently about this in your issue of March 12th. And maybe we should be grateful that there are those who are content to live on a very low income, because they free up jobs for the rest. Usually they also work, although they may not get paid for it. Very few people actually do nothing. It’s boring.

Then there is the issue of the “magic money tree”. Obviously there will be people who will object that universal benefits such as these cost too much and give money to those who do not need it. It is surely not beyond the wit of financial wizards for taxes to be adjusted to ensure that most of the extra outlay would be clawed back. Initially everyone could end up getting exactly what they get now. Gradually the minimum might be increased, though that might not be necessary if people could supplement their basic income with legal work. Administrative savings would be huge of course, including all the snooping and legal costs.

Another interesting possibility is that a good proportion, perhaps half, of the Citizens’ Income could be paid in Local Currency, such as the Bristol Pound. If local taxes can be paid in local currency (as in Bristol) then local businesses would have no objection to receiving local currency in payment. Possibly globalized companies with international shareholders to consider might not be keen, but surely that would be all to the good. The money would stay in the local community and circulate there, producing advantages all round – and the Government could save half their benefits bill.

So there are many advantages to the Citizens’ Income. Do not dismiss it out hand. Think about it!
After all, every human being has the right to food and shelter without having to grovel or live in fear.

Lyn Lovell
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Hustings Friday 27th March

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