29 July 2015
In reaction to a High Court judge's decision to deny Green Party members Sarah Cope and Clare Phipps permission to pursue a Judicial review into their bid to joint candidacy for Parliament, the pair said:
"We are disappointed by the judge's decision not to grant a Judicial Review. Today was an opportunity for the judiciary to pave the way towards a more representative and democratic parliament. Job-shares are a well-established working arrangement and should be a feature of any modern parliament.Read more
Budget hits South East poorest hardest, but benefits business. Nothing for the environment.
With 22% of children in the South East living in poverty the Chancellor’s 2015 budget’s £12 bn of welfare cuts will hit them hard. His plans to cut working age benefits and limit tax credit and universal credit to the first two children will have a far reaching impact on poorer families.
South East Green Party Chair Jonathan Essex responds on airport expansion: “This proposal from Howard Davies is deeply disappointing. His proposal for a third runway at Heathrow would see a local community further blighted by noise and air pollution and would undermine our efforts to tackle climate change.”Read more
The Airports Commission is due to publish its decision shortly on which airport should be expanded: Heathrow or Gatwick. Either would have huge impacts on the South East and globally because of increased carbon emissions contributing to climate change.
A fact finding walk on June 28 will highlight the huge environmental impacts faced by a tranquil area of Surrey, with airport and oil drilling expansion threatening to transform the area.Read more
Air pollution impacts of airport expansion unlawful and damaging to health – press release (Embargo Lifted)
The devastating effects of air pollution caused by airport expansion at either Heathrow or Gatwick are highlighted in the Green Party response to the Airports Commission consultation on its Air Quality Assessment (closing date May 29).Read more
The Government has announced that funding is now available for the 116 turbine Rampion wind farm to go ahead off the South Coast, whilst at the same time putting constraints on onshore wind and promoting fracking. As Green MP Caroline Lucas says: "it's like filling up the bath while leaving the plug out".Read more
Sign the petition for Proportional Representation as votes should mean seats.
Votes for the Green Party across the South East went up 3.7% in the May 7 Parliamentary election (over a quarter of a million people voted Green). Over a third of deposits were saved (30 out of 83) and the average vote share was 5.2% (1.4% last time).Read more