Jonathan Essex, MEP candidate for SE England

Jonathan Essex, 37, has lived in Redhill since 1998. He is a chartered civil engineer and a social entrepreneur. He leads a team which creates jobs by reusing waste from building sites. Reuse creates over ten times more jobs than burning or burying our waste—and is better for the environment too.

Time for Change

Jonathan joined the Green Party in 2005, after returning from working in Bangladesh. He wanted to help build better local communities in the UK and to tackle issues of global poverty and climate change.

Jonathan increased the Green Party's vote in Redhill East by 15% in 2008. He lost to the Conservatives by just 20 votes. Jonathan initiated and now chairs ‘Sustainable Redhill'. This group has inspired a growing campaign for a stronger and safer community, for our children and all of us.

Jonathan has passionately campaigned for local actions on a range of issues: from climate change to potholes, from cycling to community facilities. He believes we can no longer accept the ‘business as usual' of the other parties. We should expect more. We can deliver real change now. We are the people we have been waiting for.

Climate Change

Jonathan is Parliamentary Candidate for the Reigate constituency. In 2007, Jonathan presented a letter to Gordon Brown at Downing Street. The letter called for action on climate change.

When our children ask us, "Daddy what did you do to stop climate change?", there is only one answer, "We did everything. Together we stopped it."

It is time to stop fighting for the political middle ground. Instead we can decide that another future is possible. We are the people we have been waiting for. Every Green vote challenges the other parties to act.

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    Regional Summer Gathering

    On 13th July in Portsmouth the South East Green Party is holding a full of day training and networking to review our May 2019 successes and look forward to 2020. 

    South East Greens quadrupled their numbers of Councillors in May 2019 from 18 to 81. Now is the time to get involved and see how we can keep these seats, make change happen and win many more seats we can win in 2020 and beyond. We know that Green Councillors make a difference, declaring climate emergencies, tackling homelessness and standing up for local residents. Join us to find out what difference you can make locally and how you can get Greens elected near you. 

    Join us in Portsmouth for a day of workshops from your Field Organiser and winning campaign teams on a selection of things, including: How to pick a target ward, What to do now you’re an elected Councillor and How to build your team. We will also be celebrating the work of Keith Taylor as he stands down as our MEP for the South East and welcoming in our new MEP.  


    The panel discussion will include representatives from winning campaigns in Aylesbury Vale, Brighton, Tonbridge & Malling and Lewes. 

    This event is open to all Green Party members in the South East of England, whether you've never been to a local party meeting before or you've run many election campaigns.

    For those coming from afar there will be a social in the evening, recommended accommodation and Portsmouth Green Party will be holding an action day in their target ward on 14th July that they'd love for you to come along to too!


    This is a ticketed event, with limited tickets available on the door.

    Ticket includes Lunch and Tea's and Coffee's, as well as go towards to the room hire. If you might struggle to pay for a ticket, get in contact at and we may be able to support you. 

    If you have any access requirements, please get in contact at 


    See who else is coming, check out the Facebook event.


    Bucklands Community Centre is a 15 minute bus ride from Portsmouth and Southsea Station.

    July 13, 2019 at 10am
    Bucklands Community Centre, Portsmouth
    Malins Rd
    Portsmouth PO2 7BJ
    United Kingdom
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    £6.00 GBP · 79 rsvps rsvp

He is a chartered civil engineer and a social entrepreneur. He leads a team which creates jobs by reusing waste from building sites.