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.”

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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.

Chilcot Report: Natalie Bennett and Shahrar Ali Respond

Reacting to the publication of the Chilcot Report, Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, said:

The Green Party believes the report’s final confirmation that the Iraq war was ‘not a last resort’ and that the British government decided to invade before all the peaceful options had been exhausted is a verdict that must produce action. We must not just say ‘never again’ but act to make that fact.

 

That the judgements about the severity of threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction were presented with a certainty that was not justified is simply inexcusable. Never again must the executive be able to lead us to war based on massaged information.

 

And never again should MPs be told how to vote on such a critical matter. The Government should, immediately, announce that all future military interventions will have unwhipped votes in the House of Commons. We must never again see MPs being cajoled into voting along party lines when their conscience tells them otherwise. No MP should answer when asked why they voted for war ‘I was told to.’

 

Those MPs must be given genuinely independent legal advice about the legality of the action. They must know it is their responsibility to act legally, and that they could face sanction if they don’t live up to it.

Speaking from Westminster, Shahrar Ali, Green Party Deputy Leader, said:

The Green Party is resolutely committed to finding non-violent solutions to conflict situations and unequivocally opposed the war in 2003.

 

The headline points of this mammoth report are chilling, yet unsurprising to all those who have been calling for Blair to be investigated at the International Criminal Court. Whether on grounds of Blair’s intent to bypass the UN, diplomacy not having been exhausted, or critical papers being denied to the Foreign Office, I support those renewed calls for a criminal investigation.

Tamworth Says YES to Syrian Refugees – In Pictures

Wow! Fantastic turnout today in Tamworth Castle Grounds for the ‘Tamworth Says Yes to Syrian Refugees’ demonstration – to counterpoint the naysayers. Well done to the organisers for such a great event and thanks to Staffordshire Police for their presence.

Here’s some pictures from the event. Click an image to enlarge it. (All images courtesy of RobTheRunt)

OFSTED: Landau Forte 6th Form Requires Improvement

What happens to failing academies?

Several years ago we were told that Tamworth schools were in such a state that the only answer was to have an academy in the town. It was also decided that all of the 6th forms would be closed in favour of a single 6th form run by the new academy sponsor Landau Forte. This was fought but the decision had already been made and despite massive public opposition to the changes they were pushed onto Tamworth whether we liked it or not.

Landau Forte 6th Form
Landau Forte 6th Form – image courtesy of Tamworth Herald

The government has recently said that any schools that fail to reach a good standard in the OFSTED inspection regime will be turned into academies as though it is a magic bullet that cures all ills. But what happens when academies fail? Sadly we are in this position with the only 6th form in Tamworth having been given a ‘requires improvement’ in its latest OFSTED inspection. What this shows yet again is that the use of private companies and organisations within schools does nothing to improve achievement.

The last thirty years have seen relentless meddling by successive governments, constant attempts to undermine the status of the teaching profession and the use of education to score political points off their rivals.

So what is the answer? Public money should be spent on things that benefit the public not to subsidise contracts for big corporations. Education professionals need to be given the freedom to develop the curriculum that best suits their pupils. And most importantly there must be real choice for parents to choose a school that best suits their child.

Tamworth deserves to have good schools for ALL children and that will only be achieved by well motivated staff working in well equipped schools. It is time to stop spending money on what private companies want and start spending it on making a better future for the children of Tamworth. The Green Party is dedicated to a fair system that values the skills of every child and believes that parents should decide what is best for their children.

Download the OFSTED report here.

Anti-Austerity March: Greens Out in Force

The Anti-Austerity March that took place in London on Saturday 20th June (organised by The People’s Assembly) was hugely well attended.

The expected 65,000 protesters was more than achieved with an estimated 250,000 turnout.

The Green Party had fantastic representation with party leader Natalie Bennett and MP Caroline Lucas both in attendance.

A few members of Tamworth Greens also made the trip and have provided some photos of the day.

Further information on the day can be found via the the following links:

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Green Party Manifesto 2015

Three days ago, The Green Party launched its 2015 General Election Manifesto For the Common Good which sets out ambitious plans for a fairer society and a safer planet.

At the launch event, Green Party leader Natalie Bennett said:

Our manifesto is an unashamedly bold plan to create a more equal, more democratic society while healing the planet from the effects of an unstable, unsustainable economy.

Also at the launch was Caroline Lucas (elected as as MP for Brighton Pavilion in 2010). Caroline added:

From ending the scandal of cold homes to investing in a public transport system that puts the public first, our plans will make a positive difference to people’s lives, create new jobs and help protect our environment.

Please take some time to read the manifesto and you will see The Green Party vision is significantly different to that of any other party. Fairness, healthy lives, safe planet!

To help you through the details, the manifesto is available in multiple formats including braille, easy read, audio and British Sign Language. Now what could be fairer than that?

Introducing Nicola

Nicola Holmes
Nicola Holmes

Just in case you’re unaware, (where have you been?) Tamworth Greens have a parliamentary candidate for the General Election on 7th May 2015.

By way of introduction, take a look at our General Election 2015 page and read all about the very wonderful Nicola Holmes. Then, come the day, just remember what Nicola and the Green Party stands for and put a cross in the only sensible place on the ballot paper.

Click the button and read on…

Introducing Nicola

Fresh Website

We thought about time we freshened up our website so that we could make our General Election message loud and clear.

So, why not take a look at the “new look” and let us know what you think via our Get in touch page.

Also, if you think you can help out in the run-up to the General Election, just drop us a line or use the Get Involved page to fill us in on how you can help us.

Together we can beat this atrocious Austerity Government!