Greens Saddened By Loss Of Friend And Colleague

ballot boxTamworth Green Party have been shocked and saddened by the death of their friend and colleague Sarah Walters.

Sarah was a long-standing member of The Green Party and her presentations about her beloved Alvecote Wood and its fantastic biodiversity were fascinating and always well received by the local party.

Sarah stood as a candidate several times and will be sadly missed by all Tamworth Green Party members.

Our thoughts are with her husband and best friend Stephen.

As a result of Sarah’s death, the borough council election for the Glascote ward – which should have taken place on Thursday, May 3, 2018 – has been postponed until Friday, May 25, 2018.

The Green Party Candidate for the countermanded election in Glascote Ward is  Kevin Jones.

Kevin is a Yoga and Pilates instructor who holds classes at The Sacred Heart Community Centre.

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Greens Break Election Record

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Tamworth Green Party will be standing a record number of candidates in next month’s Borough Council Elections.

The Greens will be represented in more wards than ever before across the borough, providing voters with the option of supporting genuinely progressive candidates on Thursday, May 3rd.*

In total, candidates will contest six wards and be promoting core Green Party principles such as:

  • Rebuilding our economy
  • Bringing the railways back into public hands
  • Keeping the public at the heart of the NHS, preventing privatisation by stealth
  • Education being free for all
  • Action on climate change with a fierce opposition to fracking.

For full details of all Green Party policies, please visit the Green Party Policy website.

The names of the candidates and the wards they will contest are as follows:

Amington – Andrew Tilley

Belgrave – Lesley Edmunds

Glascote – Kevin Jones

Mercian – John Scattergood

Trinity – Wil Goodridge

Wilnecote – Nicola Holmes.

* The election for the Glascote ward has been rescheduled for Friday, May 25th, following the death of previous Green Party candidate Sarah Walters.

Tamworth Greens Canvassing For Molly Scott Cato in Bristol West

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Tamworth Greens were in Bristol at the weekend (Saturday, May 27, 2017) to help boost Molly Scott Cato’s drive to become MP.

Molly is in a neck-and-neck race with Labour to win the Bristol West constituency where the Green vote surged by 23 per cent at the last election.

Currently MEP for Bristol and South West England, Molly was boosted by hundreds of Green Party members who descended on the city for a weekend canvassing effort. The new arrivals had travelled to Bristol from across the U.K. and among them were Tamworth Greens who pounded the pavements, knocked on doors and spoke to voters in the Redland area of the constituency, promoting Molly and the Green Party message.

Also among the volunteers at Molly’s side were Green Party co-leaders Caroline Lucas and Jon Bartley as well as Sir Jonathon Porritt who told supporters: “We have absolutely the right combination to win”.

And Molly said: “We’re working to make sure that on June the 8th, Bristol will elect our second Green MP.

“For the people of Bristol West it’s time. We truly are at a crossroads but the Green Party’s campaign for a bold, positive future for our country is in wholehearted opposition to the extreme Brexit and far-right agenda threatened by another five years of Tory government.”

Jon said: “Bristol West could have just another Labour MP or it could elect a Green MP with a strong vision. Molly is a formidable candidate who would give Bristol a distinctive voice in Parliament, just as Caroline has done for Brighton.”

Said Caroline: “We’ve got an incredibly strong chance of winning our second Green MP here in Bristol West. Molly is incredibly well known and respected and in Bristol in 2015 we went from 4 per cent of the vote to 27 per cent – that is almost unprecedented in electoral history in this country.”

“So with a swing like that, we’re very confident we can get another MP here in Bristol West.”

County Council Election 2017 – Results

The Conservative Party managed to take all six Tamworth Divisions in the County Council Elections.

The closest contest was in Amington, with the Conservative candidate beating Labour by just 15 votes.

This is the first time that The Green Party have contested all six Divisions in Tamworth, with Conservative, Labour and UKIP also contesting all six Divisions and the Lib Dems standing in three.

Whilst the Green Party candidates did well and maintained our base level support of around 4% of the vote, it was clear from the results that our share of the vote was lower in the Divisions contested by the Lib Dems. This is something that we need to consider for future elections.

The most visible trend identified was the drastic reduction in UKIP’s share of the vote which appears to have moved to the Conservatives. 

Thank you to our candidates for their efforts, especially Lesley and Wil who were first time candidates.

Please see here for full details of the results.

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Vote Green on 4th May

Tamworth goes to the polls on Thursday 4th May to determine the town’s County Councillors. And we have a candidate standing in each Division.

So, you know what you need to do to ensure that Tamworth is a progressive, thriving, healthy place to live and work.

Vote Green! For the common good.

See details of our candidates here.

Borough Election Summary

In all the excitement of the General Election on 7th May, it is easy to overlook the fact that borough council elections took place at the same time in ten wards.

Tamworth Greens fielded its biggest ever number of candidates this time and all six – John Scattergood, Harry Yendell, Simon Johnson, Sarah Walters, Lisa Crane & Nicola Holmes – wish to pass on their thanks to all who supported us.

The candidates all received approx 4-5% of the vote in each of the six wards, which were all contested by Conservative, Labour and UKIP.

The Bolehall Ward was contested for the first time by Green Party candidate Harry Yendell.

Results in Tamworth mirrored national trends with the Conservatives strengthening their grip on the Borough Council.

Full Borough Council results can be found here.

Tamworth Green Party remains staunchly against the Bedroom Tax, against Zero Hours Contracts, against HS2 and against Privatisation within the NHS.

General Election Thanks!

At the General Election on 7th May, we stood our very first parliamentary candidate, Nicola Holmes. While we only managed 1,110 votes, this was a landmark event for us.

Nicola would like to pass on the following message to the people of Tamworth.

As the Green Party candidate for Tamworth I would like to give my heart felt appreciation to everyone who voted Green at the General and Local Elections on Thursday 7th May.

For us to have achieved over 1,000 votes the first time we have stood a parliamentary candidate in Tamworth is a terrific result. Voters have responded to our campaign on the Living Wage, preserving public services, opposing fracking, bringing the trains back into public hands and an end to austerity.

I am delighted to have been a candidate for The Green Party at this election. We ran a wholly positive campaign, focusing not on the politics of fear, but on the politics of hope.

At this general election, for the first time ever, voters in all 59 constituencies in the West Midlands region have had the opportunity to back a Green Party candidate at the polls.

These are exciting times for the Green Party. Our membership has quadrupled in recent months. It is just a shame that under this unfair electoral system, the percentage of votes we get will not transfer to representation in parliament.

We will continue to work towards our goal of building a society and political system that works for the common good.

Tamworth Green Party will always be about and active in the community and would love to welcome new supporters. If you are interested please contact us at tamworthgreens@gmail.com

#BetterTransport

Better Transport

Are you happy with a privatised public transport system? We’re not.

This is what we’ll do about it:

  • return the railways to public ownership
  • reduce rail fares immediately by 10%
  • promote cycling and walking for health and environmental benefits.

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#FreeEducation

Free Education

What price a decent education?

Academies and Free Schools run as businesses, sky high university tuition fees. This is not what a world class education system is built upon.

The Green Party will:

  • bring an end to tuition fees
  • bring Academies and Free Schools back under local authority control
  • promote a fully comprehensive system.

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