David Newman commented on Green Party Stop Brexit electric bus 2019-05-22 22:47:31 +0100We only had the bus for a week, so we only managed to reach towns near places where we could get the bus recharged. In 2014 we had a bus for 3 weeks, so we could go everywhere.
The Green Stop Brexit electric bus went to the Wood Festival on Friday.
There we met a Green Party European Election candidate, Ian Chandler.
I recorded a video of him and Robin Bennett, who set up this eco-friendly music festival and has just been elected as a Green councillor in South Oxfordshire.Read more
David Newman published Phélim Mac Cafferty in Select our European candidates 2019-03-25 16:01:45 +0000
We have never lived in such uncertain times.
Our region's countryside is under siege from fracking and roadbuilding companies- handed carte blanche by a Tory government obsessed with growth at all costs. The air in many of our cities is unfit to breathe. Many in the region wait longer than a week to see their GP while our precious National Health Service faces backdoor privatisation. Our region is in the grip of a housing crisis with buying too often out of reach and up to 80% of people’s income spent on rent. Tory cuts have deprived some of our most vulnerable people of the care they deserve. And, of course, we have at absolute most 11 years to deal with the climate crisis.
While Brexit may yet derail much of the social and environmental progress that Europe has secured, we can once again change the course of our region’s history and have the ambition for a brighter future.
Since 1999 the Green MEP for our region has been working hard for a fairer region and sustainable environment. They’ve shared a vision of a truly sustainable transport network, campaigned for our NHS and fought for our planet. And their replacement must be someone who has the dogged persistence to get things done. I have direct experience of the work of Green MEPs working as the Sussex regional liaison officer for Keith Taylor MEP. I have a deep understanding of the Parliament and an MEP’s work in the constituency. I believe I have strong political understanding and am empathetic and dependable which mean I can continue the powerful contribution of a south east Green MEP.
That experience is matched by 13 years’ front line experience in Brighton and Hove where I’ve worked in helping Councillors, Caroline Lucas and MEPs get elected. I’ve been elected Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide in 2011 and in 2015 and repeatedly re-elected Convenor of the Green Group 2015-19. I’ve been directly involved in our council working on introducing a Living Wage and giving planning consent for the first council houses built in the city in a generation. I’ve been at the centre of phasing out single use plastics and calling for climate change mitigation with £1/2M investment. I’ve addressed climate strikers and spoken out against hate crimes. As Universal Credit continues to bite, I’ve campaigned for fairer council tax debt collection.
I'm in a strong place to bring the relevance of the European Union back to the south east. I'll bring the Green Party call for the necessary reform of Europe back to the Parliament too. We cannot go back to how things were and must be clear that Greens will work tirelessly to do two things: fight the climate crisis and ensure that Europe is on the side of the most marginalised.
This election must demonstrate how Green politics isn’t a lifestyle option but necessary for the future wellbeing, if not the survival itself, of our region’s environment and people.Send question
Across Europe the Greens are seen by many as the only serious party with the track record to tackle the issues facing the EU by focussing on sustainability, equality and liberty. The next election will see the Green Party across Europe increasing its representation whilst other major parties give in pulls to the left and to the right as the legitimacy of neo-liberal centrist parties dissolves.
I have a background in grass roots campaigning as well as local government. If we are to be successful we need strong innovative campaigns which will build community cohesion whilst demonstrating a clear vision for Europe and our region. I am a confident public speaker with experience in holding media attention and delivering a coherent message.
- City Councillor for St. Mary’s Ward Oxford 2008-2012
- Deputy Leader of the Green Group, Oxford City 2012
- Lead Campaigner Jericho Boatyard Campaign 2005-6
- Supporter Radley Lakes Campaign 2005
- Supporter Warneford Meadow Campaign 2005
- Stop the War Student Activist Oxford Brookes 2003
- Environmental Affairs Officer Auckland University Students Association 1994
In New Zealand I was involved in Student politics, campaigning for the environment and against student tuition fees. Through this I had my first introduction to the New Zealand Green Party and some of its leading lights such as Nándor Tánczos & Jeanette Fitzsimons (who was my environmental studies tutor). In Australia I took part in protests to protect Aboriginal land from damaging development whilst studying permaculture with Bill Mollison. In Oxford I campaigned to save Jericho Boatyard, occupying the yard and fighting eviction orders through the courts. We galvanised ther support of the local community, the city and the council. I organised fundraisers and public awareness events. I stood as a Green in 2006. In 2007 I married my wife Anna. I was elected in 2008 to the City Council as served as Councillor for St Mary’s ward until 2012. Whilst serving, I successfully put a motions asking for detailed assessment of rainwater catchment potential in the city, to make Jericho a conservation area and for the city to support the campaign to ‘End Ecocide’. I sat on numerous committees, including area planning, licencing and scrutiny.
I have immersed myself in understanding both sides of the Brexit debate whilst being firmly in favour of remaining. My time in France, in the Dordogne, has shown me numerous examples of how EU funds are applied to support local community. This is in stark contrast to the UK where the role of the EU is downplayed and derided in the media. I believe the EU is important to prevent conflict within Europe. I am not a fan of the Common Agricultural Policy. I would like the Greens across Europe work together to bring Europe within its ecological limits. The Greens are well positioned to formulate a new direction for Europe which fosters regional diversity, facilitates free movement, regulates commerce and industry to protect the environment and workers rights. The world needs a united Europe, the Green Party can hold it together.Send question
David Newman published Andrew Wainwright in Select our European candidates 2019-03-21 23:22:46 +0000
How do you react when not one but two prime ministers tell you their ideology is necessary because of now-debunked economic theories? My reaction was to stop and think. How can we find hundreds of billions to rescue banks but nothing to address climate change? I gave up my career as a CTO of software companies and went back to university. I learned how Economics can help us build a greener, fairer society and I am determined to do all I can to bring that about.
We are heading towards a social tipping point. More and more of us are alarmed about the coming climate catastrophe and want the world’s governments to do more. Climate records are broken all the time and disasters more and more common. Very soon now, some new climate crisis will strike which will shock everyone. When that happens, the Green Party has to be ready.
We are the only party with policies to address the issues we’re facing. Fee & Dividend, Land Value Tax and Basic Income have the power to transform our society. These policies are needed now and we have to be ready for the social tipping point which will demand their implementation.
Andrew WainwrightSend question
It’s time that people in the UK were offered a positive vision for Europe; a Europe that is a driving force in global efforts to prevent climate change, a Europe that stands up for individuals against the powerful, a Europe that offers protections for employees and consumers, a Europe that works to reduce inequality, a Europe that provides common ground for all its citizens while celebrating difference, a Europe that promotes peace, justice and democracy around the world.
We need to connect all the good things that Europe does, and the better things that a greener Europe would do, with the everyday concerns of voters. This shouldn’t be about the intricacies of Brussels politics, it’s about people who worry about their jobs, making ends meet, the children’s education and the world that they will leave to them. We can’t just blame a hostile media in the UK for negative attitudes towards the EU; the Brussels bureaucracy is often self-absorbed, self-serving and detached from the lives lived by the vast majority of us. We need a Europe that is more democratic, more responsive to the people it serves, less amenable to corporate lobbying and tougher on the continent’s emerging autocrats.
The UK has sat on Europe’s sidelines for forty years, years during which it should have been building alliances with European nations that don’t want to see a federal superstate, mandatory adoption of the Euro, or a European Central Bank that’s far too beholden to the interests of a few large states at the expense of the EU’s smaller countries. A UK with a renewed commitment to Europe should be forging just such relationships and if elected to Brussels I would work to persuade parliamentarians to stop the Brussels machine from trampling the small and the beautiful.
I joined the Green Party in 1988 because I believed these issues were the issues of our times. Thirty years on nothing has happened to change my mind. I’m a former Chair of the Green Party in the South East, I stood for Europe in 2014, I’m currently PPC for Bexhill & Battle in East Sussex, having contested the seat in 2015 and 2017.
Most of my professional life has been spent in journalism. I’ve worked for the BBC and Reuters, reported for Newsweek, NPR, the ABC, CBC, and many others, been a political reporter at Westminster and a foreign correspondent in South East Asia. These days much of my time is spent helping emerging technology companies in Europe, N. America and Asia with their communications.Send question
I’d be honoured to be chosen again for the Green list for the South East. I will be campaigning tirelessly to get more Greens elected to the European Parliament.
I am an immigration barrister. I am British/German dual national who speaks English, German and French fluently. I hold an LLM in International Human Rights Law from Essex University.
For the last 16 years I have represented UK citizens, migrants and refugees. Before that, I worked as Research Assistant to the UN Special Rapporteur on torture - my work included participating in fact finding missions, drawing Governments’ attention to serious human rights violations, and briefing civil society on how to better use UN human rights mechanisms. I was a ‘focal point for sexual orientation and gender identity’ at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, advised on resolutions, and briefed UN experts on LGBT rights. Whilst at the UN I co-founded a small voluntary NGO (International Research Centre on Social Minorities) which continued this work and held pioneering panels e.g. on LGBTQI youth, rainbow families and human rights violations faced by trans & intersex persons.
During my practice as a barrister, I continued to lobby UN bodies on issues such as refugee/migrant rights, statelessness, the right to health, child rights, stigmatisation and the rights of LGBTQI persons including in recent sessions.
I have always been interested in European politics ever since joining the German Green Party aged 16. In Germany, I was in charge of the Green Network (GNW) which organised political European Green youth camps for young Green activists from all over Europe. I have always felt extremely close to Green Party political objectives and joined my local Green Party in North Surrey in October 2018.
As a barrister, I regularly advise clients on EU law. I had the honour to contribute to Jean Lambert’s publication ‘Migration & Brexit’ and I was called to address the European Parliament on EU citizens’ rights after Brexit in 2017 & 2018 as an expert. I am often called upon by the media, including within Europe, to comment on topical cases/issues & legal developments.
I believe my expertise would assist the Green Party in the EP in important areas such as:
- the ongoing fight for the retention of European citizenship for UK nationals & EU/UK citizen rights (if Brexit proceeds)
- combatting erosion of political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights
- the urgent need to continue to advocate responsibility sharing to humanely deal with refugee movements
- the fight for gender and LGBT equality (including meaningful measures against domestic violence)
I passionately believe in the need for urgent measures to combat climate change, promote sustainable agriculture & environmental protection (fighting animal cruelty, fur farming, deforestation, fracking, single use plastics & the use of harmful pesticides).
Having seen the unprecedented damage that Brexit, negative propaganda and widespread ignorance of the EU has wrought on both EU & UK citizens, I believe stronger than ever in
- our responsibility to proactively support the European project
- bringing it and its actual purposes closer to the British public
- strenuously working towards representing the EU & EP as a voice for democratic representation and as a peace project.
Twitter: @ChambersofJDSend question
I wept, as I walked the dog around the park, every day for 3 days. My husband-to-be (a climate scientist) was wooing me with tales of climate change. Hard hitting stuff. And now, the fading away of nature becomes more evident with each bird that disappears from our garden.
So, I joined the Green Party, the only party unequivocally putting the environment at the heart of policy. I have learned so much! I did not know about the money system, (97% of our money created out of thin air for the private profiteering). Nor how a Citizen’s Income is essential to securing a happy and comfortable future for all.
In 2012, I won and administered an £88,000 government grant for Sustainable Wallingford, piloting the Green Deal, and five of us trained as domestic energy assessors. This led me to becoming a Green Deal Advisor and setting up Ecomorph.
The Coalition Government sabotaged the Green Deal. Householders should have been able to insulate their homes, put in renewables, and improve their heating at no up-front cost; repaying at the rate at which they saved money on energy bills.
But greed won out. The government set an interest rate on the debt at 7%. The scheme bristled with a massive pyramid of auditors, financiers and certification bodies; a minimum of 9 bodies between the householder and the installer; more than doubling the price of works.
Meanwhile, in 2010, the first wave of excessive house planning came through. I can’t recall if it was Labour or Cons that decided that Oxfordshire would take 50,000 new houses. In 2014, the number was doubled to 100,000. Now, the Expressway with its million homes will add a further 300,000 houses in the County, for investor profit.
We needed a clear message on housing in the Oxfordshire Green Party, We set up a new housing group and thrashed out a housing myth buster. But the relentless fight against a greedy government determined to sell up and destroy our landscape goes on.
Nimby and Proud. If we looked more carefully at our own back yard, we would see the intent to industrialise and urbanise the South East of England is just as malignant as cutting down Amazonian Forest or slicing off mountain-tops (overburden) to get at the minerals beneath.
I run South Oxfordshire Sustainability where I bring together environmentalists from across our local District.
Please vote for me, but also, before the 25th March, go to www.southoxfordshiresustainability.org.uk to object to the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 (it doesn’t matter where you live - this is for the UK and our global environment)!
There is much work to do in Europe. Were we to stay in, I’d seek to remove practices that damage our low-carbon future, like import tariffs on PV panels, and state-aid rules that prevent the nurturing of beneficial businesses. If we leave, I’d work to retain and improve rules beneficial to mitigating climate change and improving the natural world.Send question
The EU has played a significant role in maintaining peace across Europe and the prosperity and economic development of the United Kingdom since we joined in 1973. Economic benefits are not and should not be seen as the panacea of the projects achievements. Other benefits have enriched the lives of millions across the EU and the UK. Freedom of movement, improvements to environmental, Health and Safety protections have impacted and improved citizens lives far beyond simple economic prosperity.
I accept that the EU is not a perfect beast, and as such it is clear that our future relationship will only be successful if we can influence it’s direction from within.
Having campaigned to remain in the EU in 2016 I was struck by the misrepresentation and negative perceptions of the EU amongst the leave voters.
We need to listen to the leave voters and Caroline Lucas’s continued engagement with communities who voted leave in large numbers should become the norm. I firmly believe we also need to be more proactive in our support for and promotion of the achievements of the EU.
I wish to stand as a potential candidate for the 2019 European Elections in order to address this deficit and represent the all people of the South East but also take the opportunity to educate and inform the voters. The EU is far from perfect and if it is to be improved it is vital that we have a positive voice inside the European Parliament. It would be an honour to represent the region and the Green Party. As an MEP I would ensure that the impending climate breakdown is the highest priority for the EU. I have been inspired by the student strikes here in West Berkshire and across the globe.
In April 2015 I joined the Green Party. Since then I have been an active campaigner on environmental issues and those of social justice. I became the Chair of the local Party in 2016 and I am currently PPC for the Newbury constituency.
I have a public profile locally and challenge the council on social and environmental topics. I have written for LeftfootForward and Greenworld as well as appearing on TV and radio representing West Berkshire Green Party. At the party conference in 2017 I was an award wintering inspirational candidate.
As a Trade Unionist I brought the first anti fracking motion to the GMB conference in 2017. I recently forced the local council (West Berkshire) to hold a public debate on May 21st 2019 to declare a climate emergency. This was the first time ever any petition has reached the number of signatures required to force a debate. I have a wide range of life experiences including serving in the military for 20 years. I am not a traditional politician and have found during my campaigning locally I can reach out to parts of the community that are remote from and disconnected from the political landscape.
Climate change and wider environmental destruction threatens our equality and democracy. A Green Campaign for the European Elections must highlight how social justice and environmental sustainability are two sides of the same coin. This vision, combined with sufficient collective action, can and must transform our politics and radically change economics - for a better future and Europe.
I would apply my experience as a Green councillor (since 2010) and as SE Chair (since 2014) to this challenge, continuing Keith Taylor’s leadership of a strong team in Brussels and the region. I believe I have the humility and integrity, commitment and experience to be elected as an effective MEP. I have been a Green Party member since 2005. I currently serve as a Surrey County Councillor and Reigate and Banstead Borough Councillor. I previously served the Green Party nationally (as campaigns coordinator, on conferences committee, reviewing policy) and have stood in general and EU elections.
I have long campaigned for environmental and social justice (including through CND, CPRE, UKWIN and Greenpeace). I have helped start new campaigns (including #NoNewRunways and locally) and served as a Trustee for local charities (furniture reuse and local volunteering). My activism started leading a Friends of the Earth student group helping defeat the Durham bypass. I joined the Green Party after returning from working in Sudan, Vietnam and Bangladesh as a Chartered Engineer and Environmentalist where I experienced climate impacts and corruption first hand. I have had the privilege of leading a small team of green councillors in Surrey where we punch above our weight - securing budget amendments, motions and making a real difference locally.
I have extensive media experience, mostly as a councillor (print media, radio, some TV) and in general and European elections. I have spoken in many public meetings and rallies; including supporting Keith Taylor MEP at events on affordable housing, flooding, oil drilling, airport expansion (e.g. on how we can provide genuinely affordable housing and protect our countryside, against nuclear power, Trident, council cuts and austerity, biofuels and incineration – and on the fairer society and green jobs we must create instead, on hope and green politics and much more), and supported legal challenges.
In addition I have published and presented widely as a core member of Green House across the UK and EU (including at the Green European Foundation COP24 side-event) including on industrial strategy for a post-growth Britain on how dealing with climate change will re-localise the UK and EU economy and what Facing up to Climate Reality looks like (forthcoming).
We need a reformed and far Greener Europe. We must inspire and energise the UK in the face of tired politics, declaring a Climate Emergency, setting clear green lines to stop airport expansion and oil extraction, and realising sufficient alternatives with integrity, honesty and clarity. I would welcome the opportunity to serve as your Green MEP. Together we must Take Back Hope.Send question
I will listen to your point of view.
I endeavour to study academic articles before making a decision.
I aim to give the voters in the next century more choices than we have today.
I am to manage global temperatures in the best way possible for everyone. I never want to see London under water.
To this end I suggest that people reduce unnecessary travel to minimize CO2 emissions. If you “need” a holiday in the sun: I would point out that within Europe the order of CO2 emissions is bicycle; rail; buses; aeroplane; car. So take a train if you can.
- Trains produce approximately a quarter less CO2 than busses per passenger kilometre travelled.
- Buses are 15 times better than cars.
- Even planes are more efficient than cars.
Leave the car at home. Cars also cause over 42% of violent deaths in the UK; 1,710 people in 2017.
I want expansion of off road cycle tracks and separate foot paths to reduce the number of cyclist and pedestrian deaths: 24 & 26 deaths per billion passenger kilometres travelled.
Buses should be a public service, not commercial. I will campaign to make busses free. This is to make them even more competitive compared with cars. I thoroughly believe that none of us can afford not to use them. I plan to connect all housing estates and villages with both the local conveniences, and transportation hubs such as coach and railway stations.
Japan has aimed to increase public service rather than increase GDP for well over 10 years. Their train service is second to none, even if it is overcrowded on some journeys. Similarly, I intend to set goals to increase punctuality and service rather than profitability. With a goal to make trains more punctual and journeys shorter to make journeys: faster, cheaper and more reliable by train. To enforce these goals the trains would ideally be nationalized again.
I plan to oppose HS2 and the Oxford Cambridge express way advocating the extension of cycle tracks and rail links instead.
We must ween our society off crude oil as soon as possible, because we expect crude oil to run out in about 55 years. We need to remove it from our lives before its enforced removal. This transition is not optional and it needs to be managed.
There is not enough lithium for everyone to run cars on lithium batteries. So, I intend to fund research into to organic batteries. They will be cleaner to produce and plentiful.
I will oppose all plans for non-renewable energy generators or even plant burning generators. Renewable energy is already cheaper than any other form of power generation it also creates more jobs and it can easily produce 12 times more energy than we currently use. The sun provides in 1.5 hours more energy than humans use in a whole year.
If you commute by car, you can increase your m.p.g. with tips from the AA, RAC or: http://www.drivingefficiencies.com/Send question
I wish to represent the Green Party as a candidate on the SE list for the Euro election. Having been an active member of the party for 39 years I have considerable experience. I have been a candidate in 9 general elections, 3 European Parliament elections and for district, county and unitary council elections more than 30 times. I have a lot of experience of representing the Green Party at hustings and as National Transport Speaker.
In the 1999 Euros, when the Green Party first got MEPs elected, I was number 3 on the SE list and was also chair of GPEx at the time. I took part in several hustings events and was very involved in the campaign. I live in Milton Keynes but have previously lived in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Brighton.
I have: participated in debates with MPs, ministers and candidates from other parties and public inquiries; written press releases; spoken on national and local TV and radio, conferences and demonstrations; had articles and letters published in national and local newspapers; dealt with NGOs and civil servants. Active on Twitter. Special interests: transport, energy, housing, electoral reform.
In 2001 I suggested that we used Green peer Lord Beaumont’s position to attempt to renationalise Railtrack. I drafted a Bill and Lord Beaumont arranged a debate. I wrote Lord Beaumont's proposing speech for the first ever debate in the UK Parliament initiated by the Green Party.
In the 2015 general election, as candidate in the Buckingham constituency, I organised a food bank to be set up outside Iain Duncan Smith’s house in the constituency to publicise the hardship caused by Tory cuts. This received widespread coverage on social media.
As well as being active in the Green Party I have also been active within many other groups in MK. These have included: Stantonbury and New Bradwell Parish Councils, MK Rail User Group; MK Bus Users Group, MK Forum (civic society), MK21 (Local Agenda 21 for MK), MK Energy Agency board, MK Cycle Users Group, MK Friends of the Earth, Rainbow Housing Cooperative, MK Co-operative Development Agency, MK Against the Cuts and the MK Transport Partnership.
I led the successful campaign to stop aircraft low-flying over Milton Keynes. I have campaigned against climate change, the expansion of Milton Keynes onto the surrounding green fields, austerity cuts, nuclear weapons, rail privatisation and road building. I have been campaigning for the East West Rail Link for over 30 years and more recently against the proposed East West Expressway.
I have taken part in debates with MPs, ministers and candidates from other parties, including John Bercow (Mr Speaker), Mark Lancaster, Iain Stewart, Bill (Lord) Rodgers, Steve Norris, Edwina Currie and Glenda Jackson. As Transport Speaker I have spoken in debates, radio programmes, conferences and demonstrations. I recently spoke at a meeting of Another Europe Is Possible in Milton Keynes about the adverse impact of Brexit on the environment.
I wish to offer my experience and skills to the Euro election campaign.Send question
What is my Green superhero’s power? I am always angry.
I’m angry because too many times we have been encouraged to blame other people for the country’s shortcomings. We are told to look down on people who don’t fit into the soft-focus view that much of Britain has for itself. We have heard of the so-called “Skivers and Strivers”. The seedy corners of our print media will never miss a chance to pitch-in with attacks on a disabled person who relies on benefits to live but is now valued less than the “hard-working family”. It’s a polluting mantra of distraction and division.
Worse still is the insidious and the nativist hissing: “Look over there, it’s that immigrant’s fault. Blame him!” It makes my blood boil. Always has. But then I draw strength from that anger and look to turn negatives into positives. Looking for the positive choice and the positive outcome is core to my Green politics.
As Greens, we seem to see the World a little differently. First, last and always we work for the common good. We see the future in terms of how closer cooperation will bring greater benefits. And that strength of purpose is growing. I am a passionate European citizen, and since the EU Referendum result I have been fighting the for the UK’s corner to Remain in the EU. Given that we are engaged in preparations to elect MEPs I clearly believe that Brexit can still be stopped.
I’m also angry because, for the past three years or more, Brexit has been an almost complete block on any real public discussion over Climate Change. So, although David Attenborough’s comments from COP in Poland briefly broke into the news for a couple of reports, since then there has still been no serious or determined action being taken. Indeed the recent parliamentary debate, attended by only 40 MPs, saw the government’s spokesperson celebrating the UK’s “success” in CO2 emissions, failing to understand the realities and the challenges. Rays of hope have been breaking through – like the bold examples we have seen from Greta Thunberg and the #FridaysForFuture school strike movement, and further the brave and creative civil disobedience of Extinction Rebellion – show that our message is getting through and that we can and will bring about the change we must see for the planet.
I am seeking your nomination as a Green MEP candidate knowing that I follow in the footsteps of giants. You can seen my General Election and professional experience elsewhere – yes, I am someone who has always worked outside politics but I am someone who always worked on my politics – through my career in the news, I am well-informed. As such I aim to be an overnight success that has been 50 years in the making. Click through to visit my website at www.alan4mep.uk – please can get in touch. And follow me on Twitter at @Green4Chilterns.
ALAN BOOTHSend question
Parliamentary candidate GE 2017 and reselected, Chesham & Amersham
Never in the last two decades of UK Green MEPs have we needed to send more Greens to the European Parliament; and yet at this moment of constitutional and climate crisis, we face the isolation of Brexit.
The planet is burning: every day we see more news of extreme weather events – floods and winds and droughts. And the people are beginning to rise up: on the streets with groups such as Extinction Rebellion, and in living rooms thanks to the testimony of David Attenborough. The scientists and the United Nations are clear: we have 12 years left to save the earth. As councils across the country declare a Climate Emergency, the EU Elections in 2019 should be returning a record number of UK MEPs to continue the inspiring work of Jean Lambert, Caroline Lucas, Keith Taylor and Molly Scott Cato. It’s difficult to reconcile the desperate need of our planet for Green voices, with the drawbridge pulling up of Brexit. But maybe, just maybe, a delay will allow for MEP elections, and as a party we have to be prepared.
It would be an incredible opportunity to build on the courageous work of our wonderful MEPs, and I believe I have the skills and experience to do so. On the Isle of Wight, I have stood up for environmental and social equality in two elections to be the Island’s MP and we have grown the vote significantly from 900 to almost 13,000 votes. I have campaigned against fracking, fox hunting and public service cuts, and for peace, refugees, migrants and the LGBTIQA+ community. As a party spokesperson on Education since 2016, I have appeared on national TV, radio and in the press to fight to put on the agenda those issues which other parties ignore: child-centred learning, publicly accountable schools, and prioritising well-being as the way forward for children and adults alike.
On the continent, like many I have been enthused by the spirit and resolve of Greta Thunberg. I was recently in Brussels when young people marched with her through the city and she addressed the politicians, telling them to ‘just listen to the scientists’! I’m also inspired by the civil liberties work of Dutch Green MEP Judith Sargentini and her report to the European Parliament to trigger Article 7 against Viktor Orban’s Hungarian government’s breaches of EU core values. Although the EU is far from perfect, for many years I have been encouraged by the determination of MEPs to speak truth to power and to build a better Europe. I have learnt from the best!
Our challenges of the future - economic disadvantage, political extremism, social inequality and the crisis of climate change – can only be tackled effectively on a global and continental basis. We have no time to waste. The EU is not perfect, but it provides opportunities for beneficial and lasting solutions: I would relish being a part of it as a Green MEP for the South East of England.
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I was the Campaign Manager for the South East Green Party, working on the campaign for the European elections on 22 May 2014. I am also the Elections Co-ordinator for the Oxfordshire Green Party. I was part of the team that set up this new web site, segreens.com.
I have been a member of the Green Party for over 40 years, after returning to the UK from Kenya, where I had worked in an Appropriate Technology Centre on energy-efficient charcoal cooking stoves, such as the Kenya Ceramic Jiko.
I am convinced that we cannot continue to destroy our children's future by over-exploiting the planet's resources to meet the needs of the rich. This requires both technical and political change.
Here is a film I made at the Film Oxford Video Production course: The Watcher.