Congratulations to the Conservative Party candidate Clive Bishop, who has won the Glastonbury Town Council by-election for the St Benedict’s Ward. Clive Bishop took the seat with 278 votes, just ahead of Harry, who received 224 votes.
Glastonbury and Street Green Party would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who voted for Harry on Thursday; the local press are describing the election as the Conservatives “in a close battle with the Green Party”.
The other results were: the Lib Dem candidate Maggie Dear came third with 123 votes followed by the Glastonbury Independent candidate Emma Jane King, who polled 88 votes.
Posting on social media, Harry said: “Many congratulations to Clive Bishop on winning the by-election. I spoke to Clive at the count and he was gracious and generous in victory. I am confident he will work hard for the ward and the town, and I wish him all the best.” Adding, “Huge thanks to those who voted Green; I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get us over the line on this occasion.”
GSGP members were delighted to welcome the Green Party candidate for the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner election – Cleo Lake – to Glastonbury today.
Cleo met-up with Harry Wood, our Green candidate for the St. Ben's By-election and walked around town; meeting residents and listening to the issues that concern local people.
In a post from later that day, Cleo stated: “An inspiring visit to meet fellow Green Party friends and colleagues, residents and by-election candidate Harry Wood in Glastonbury today. Outstanding examples of Greens getting things done!”
We say: #VoteGreen #VoteCleo #VoteHarryWood on Thursday 6th May!
Find out more about Cleo's campaign HERE.
The St Benedict’s Ward by-election has been called following the tragic and untimely death of our well-loved friend and colleague, Green Councillor and twice Mayor of Glastonbury, Denise Michell. Glastonbury’s Green by-election candidate, Harry Wood, is standing to make sure that Glastonbury Town Council remains Green, and that the social and environmental causes we champion in our town will continue.
I am standing as the Green Party Candidate for the St Benedict’s Ward by-election in May 2021. I have lived in Glastonbury since May 2018, having moved down from Bristol. I grew up in Leamington Spa, and lived and studied in Liverpool before moving to the South West. I feel very at home in Glastonbury, and know I am privileged to have become part of a diverse, unique community.
I work as a Rights of Way Modification and Commons Officer at Somerset County Council, and am interested in land management, rewilding, and public rights of way. I previously worked for Bristol-based reuse charity Children’s Scrapstore; my role concentrated on reducing waste, encouraging reuse, promoting recycling, and helping to develop a circular economy. I am a keen cyclist and walker, an enthusiastic but novice gardener, a bass player, and a long-suffering Coventry City fan. I am an active member of the Glastonbury and Street Green Party and have served as Local Party Coordinator and Membership Secretary since May 2019.
I have always been interested in politics and joined the Green Party in 2016. For me the Greens have always been on the right side of the key issues throughout my lifetime, from promoting investment in green energy through to the anti-austerity campaign, and from campaigning against foreign military interventions through to fighting for meaningful action on climate change. I also strongly believe in cooperation and dialogue, and feel that the adversarial nature of the current political climate is disastrous for democracy and political accountability. I feel that the climate and ecological emergencies should be the starting point for all political and policy decisions, and this shift in perspective is just as important at the local level as it is in Westminster.
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At the end of August, all five councils in Somerset were targeted by Extinction Rebellion over investments in fossil fuels by the councils’ pension fund.
Somerset is on the front line of climate change. Climate Change has caused, and is predicted to cause, a much greater risk of flooding and extreme weather. After the devastating floods of the Somerset Levels in 2013, Somerset County Council saw the terrible impact of climate change first hand. The Council recognises the potential impacts of climate change yet its pension fund invests over £120,000,000 in the very fossil fuel companies that are causing climate change!
Since 2015, Greens in Mendip have been leading the call for Somerset County Council to divest from fossil fuel.
Green Party district councillor for Frome Keyford, Shane Collins, who is leading the campaign for the SCC pension fund to divest, said: “Somerset County Council recognises that it must do whatever it can to tackle climate change and it has a responsibility to divest from an industry that jeopardises the future of our planet.”
“Instead of fossil fuel investment, SCC Pension Fund Committee should invest in solutions to climate change; investments that protect pensions and planet, joining The British Medical Association, Bristol City Council, and Oxford City Council – who have all recently agreed to make the commitment to no direct investment in the fossil fuel industry.”
Please sign our petition, and share widely.
Over one thousand people so far have signed the petition urging the council to heed the advice of financial experts and remove its investments from overvalued fossil fuel companies, but so far the council seems unwilling to acknowledge how it contributes to climate change with these unwise investments.