Leader of the Green Party in the London Assembly, Siân Berry, on how Green Councillors make a difference.
Leader of the Green Party in the London Assembly, Siân Berry, on how Green Councillors make a difference.
“Together we can make a difference!” An excellent video from the Association of Green Councillors on why people from across the country stand for election and become Green Councillors.
David Attenborough: “Unless the flow of plastics and industrial pollution into the ocean is reduced, marine life will be poisoned by them for many centuries to come.”
GSGP are very pleased to announce that on Tuesday, 14th November 2017, the following motion – proposed by Green Mayor Emma George and seconded by former Green Mayor Jon Cousins – was passed… although not after some heated discussion across the Council Table about the ‘relevance’ of the subject matter:
“That this Council aims to become a ‘single-use plastic free’ council by phasing out the use of unnecessary and unrecyclable single-use plastic (SUP) products such as bottles, cups, cutlery and drinking straws in all council activities by April 2018, and to encourage our facilities’ users and local businesses to do the same by championing alternatives.”
As far as we are aware, Glastonbury is the first Council in Somerset to take this stand.
Do we want to create a new type of community-owned, mutual bank in the South West? This was the question posed at a meeting held on 12th October in Glastonbury Town Hall – organised by the Last Bank Standing team with the Royal Society of Arts and the Community Savings Bank Association…
Do you want to own a Community Bank?
Imagine if there was a bank dedicated to the South West that put the welfare of its local communities before profits. A bank that helped local economies to grow by supporting all residents to upskill, regardless of their financial means. A bank that empowered people to grow their ideas into thriving local businesses. A bank that people trusted. What might the South West look like in twenty or thirty years time?
During the evening, the RSA’s Director of Economics, Tony Greenham, discussed the economic and social case for regional banks, and explored the opportunities and challenges of creating a truly co-operative bank dedicated to the South West.
The need for regional banking was highlighted in the RSA’s Inclusive Growth Commission, which highlighted that the lack of access to appropriate banking and financial tools can have a serious impact on people on low incomes or with a poor financial history, as well as on SMEs and micro businesses.
Incredibly, there are over 1.7 million adults in the UK that don’t have a bank account, while at the same time the pace of branch closures has accelerated rapidly, leaving 1,500 communities without a bank – as we are well aware here in Glastonbury!
Whilst already severe, these challenges are likely to become even more acute in the context of Brexit and upcoming reforms to local government financing. There has never been a more urgent need to rebalance the UK economy.
The RSA are supporting the Community Savings Bank Association to create a UK-wide network of customer-owned, regional banks to serve the everyday financial needs of ordinary people, local community groups, and small and medium sized companies.
The Glastonbury event explored the motivations and barriers in Glastonbury – and other local areas – to establishing this kind of bank, and the role that different stakeholders could play in catalysing the establishment of a South West bank.
To find out more, please visit the CSBA website HERE
On Tuesday 12th February 2013, Glastonbury Town Council passed a motion against Hydraulic Fracturing; opposing Fracking in the Mendip area and throughout Great Britain.
With your support, we can all help to recreate Nationally what happened here in Glastonbury – please take a look at the link below, and add your name to the list of people calling for a ban on Fracking throughout the country.
Speaking Truth To Power – Autumn Conference 2017, 7th-10th October, Harrogate.
You’ll be at the heart of big conversations on the economy, the environment and the future of UK politics, so come to learn, listen, and share as we push forward tomorrow’s ideas.
What a conference this will be! Here’s some of what you’ve got to look forward to:
A Green Economy: a radical vision of an economy that works for everyone by firmly putting our planet at the heart of politics. We’ll have sessions on how do we get out of this economic mess?, what should the new economy look like? And meetings of the Economic Policy Working Group, the Basic Income Policy Working Group, and the Tax and Fiscal Policy Working Group.
A Green Planet: as the only Party recognising the urgency of dealing with environmental and climate threats, these issues will feature heavily. We’re launching our new Climate Change Campaign and looking at what does Brexit mean for our environment?. You can get involved via the Climate Change Policy Working Group. The agenda will also feature two important voting papers:
•Forestry and Woodlands
What Next For The Green Party And For UK Politics?
Jonathan Bartley will chair a session on developing the Party’s political strategy. Then we’ve got motions on the following:
•Election Messaging Strategy
•Changing the Green Party Message
•Future Electoral Deals with other parties
Register now, and let’s make this the best conference yet!
A member of the Green Party in Northern Ireland has begun a legal challenge to stop the proposed £1 billion deal between the DUP and the Conservatives.
Green activist Ciaran McClean says the pact breaches the Good Friday Agreement and the Bribery Act.
Under the arrangement, the DUP guarantees that its 10 MPs will vote with Theresa May’s minority government on the Queen’s Speech, the Budget, and legislation relating to Brexit and national security – while Northern Ireland’s Stormont Executive will receive an extra £1 billion over the next two years.
Ciaran McClean has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund the judicial review.
On his crowdfunding webpage, Mr McClean, who stood as parliamentary candidate for the Green Party in West Tyrone in June’s election, says the government is “threatening hard-won peace” with its DUP deal.
“The Tories are being propped up by the DUP in order to cling to power after the recent election. This horrifies me. It’s straight bribery – money for votes.”
Ciaran McClean has instructed his solicitor to serve a letter on the government; pointing to the 1998 Good Friday agreement, which states that the government undertook to exercise its power in Northern Ireland “with rigorous impartiality on behalf of all the people in the diversity of their identities and traditions.”
The letter states that any agreement between the DUP and the Conservatives would compromise the government’s independence and breach the reasonable expectation of the citizens of the North, that the Conservatives will act with rigorous impartiality.
David Greene, McClean’s solicitor, said there had been a “public outcry” over the deal.
“It’s not a question of foisting views and the important point is this is about the rule of law,” he said.
“This is about a citizen’s entitlement to go in front of a court and say that doesn’t look right and to be able to challenge it in some meaningful way.”
While other rival parties in Northern Ireland have largely welcomed the additional funding, concerns have been raised that the deal could undermine the peace process and devolution negotiations, with the UK government dependent on the support of the DUP.
The Green Party Autumn Conference 2017 will be held at Harrogate Convention Centre, from Saturday 7th to Tuesday 10th October.
Members can register online via the members’ website from 1st July. They can book for as many or few days as they like, and can even pay on the door if they don’t wish to book in advance. Non-members are also welcome to attend as ‘Observers’. There is a limited access fund for members who would struggle with the costs.
For more information on travel, accommodation, and crèche, please visit the website.
TIMETABLE (what is happening when)
There will be a stimulating and packed four-day programme of policy-making, topical discussions, governance review, training and evening social sessions. By the end of August there will be a detailed timetable including the topics of the panel debates and fringe sessions and the training programme. In the meantime, members will be able to see an outline timetable on the website very soon.
Deadlines and online forms for applying to run a fringe or panel will be published soon, please check the website for more details in due course.
AGENDA (motions and voting papers)
Members will find detailed info on the Policy Process page on how to submit motions to conference.
Please note the agenda timetable:
30th June (midnight) – Pre-Agenda deadline: final date for posting of motions and policy papers to the policy discussion forums on the members’ website
14th July (midnight) – First Agenda deadline: Final date for notification of text of motions and policy papers to SOC
28th July – Publication of First Agenda.
18th August (midnight) – Final date for posting of amendments to the members’ website
25th August (midnight) – Final Agenda deadline: final text of amendments to SOC email@example.com
15th September (midnight) – Final date for Late Motions to Conference (See Section A, clause 9 of the Standing Orders for the Conduct of Conference updated after Autumn Conf 2016)
Keep up to date with the plans for Autumn Conference on social with #GPConf and there is a facebook event here.
We are very sad to learn of the passing of our dear, amazing friend and colleague Chris Briton. His family issued a short statement this afternoon:
“Some of you will be aware that in March Chris was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He spent four weeks in hospital, then returned home to be cared for by us. He died at home on Monday 29th May shortly after dawn. We’re thankful to friends for all the help and support, as well as the medical and personal care that was available. Chris was content that, in his own words, he had 65 wonderful years.”
Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to Sarah and all of Chris’ family.
Rest In Peace.
On Tuesday, 9th May 2017, Cllr. Emma George became the 318th – and third successive Green – Mayor of Glastonbury!
Out-going Mayor, Cllr. Jon Cousins, proposed his Deputy for the position as the final motion of his Mayoralty, telling the assembled Councillors and members of the public: “It is with great pleasure that I propose Cllr Emma George for election to the role of Mayor of Glastonbury. I feel that the election of the current Deputy Mayor to the highest office is something that is both seemly and worthy.”
“Seemly because as Deputy Emma has been a great support to me in my year of office. Joining me on many Civic Occasions, and representing Glaston admirably and capably when I could not.”
“Worthy because time and again she has show real leadership and professionalism with regard to the Council’s business.”
“May I remind Councillors of how she negotiated favourably with Weedingtech; has worked diligently on helping to develop the Youth Council; has worked closely with the Police and One Team to help address anti-social behaviour in the town; has chaired with great skill the Town Centre Working Group, and supported the various projects and campaigns that have evolved from this forum.”
“Her contribution to the Council’s Staffing Committee and as Chair of the Communications Committee reflecting the expertise and experience in these related industries.”
“Finally, I would like to say that the role of Mayor demands that we rise above the petty divisions of politics to represent the whole community; to truly encapsulate the role of First Citizen.”
“This is something that Emma has fully achieved in her capacity as Deputy Mayor. And so, without further ado – I recommend that this Council elects Cllr Emma George as the 318th Mayor of Glastonbury.”
Emma’s nomination was seconded by Conservative Councillor Steve Henderson. There were no other nominations, and Emma was elected Mayor by a unanimous vote.
In her acceptance speech, she said: “I will make sure to do my best to represent you all. Jon is a hard act to follow. He has been an absolute pleasure to work with.”
“I know I am heading into this year with great people around me.”
A first for Glastonbury!
Emma’s first act as Mayor was to preside over the election of Liberal Democrats Councillor Denise Abbot as Deputy Mayor; a first for Glastonbury – as the positions of Mayor and Deputy Mayor have never been held by two women during one Mayoralty before!
As the third Green Mayor of Glastonbury, Emma follows Cllrs. Jon Cousins (2016-17) and Denise Michell (2015-16); a major achievement for the Green Party’s members and supporters in the South West.