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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Autumn Conference 2016

The Green Party Autumn Conference 2016 will be held at the University of Birmingham between 2nd and 4th September.

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Green Party Autumn Conference 2016

There will be a stimulating and packed three-day programme of policy-making, topical discussions, training and evening social sessions. By the end of July there will be a detailed timetable including three panel debates, 24 fringe sessions on a variety of topical subjects and a training programme. See the outline timetable here.

Members can register online via the members’ website. They can book for as many or few days as they like, and can even pay on the door if they don’t wish to book in advance. Non-members are also welcome to attend as ‘Observers’ at the same rates. There is a limited access fund for those who would struggle with the costs.

For more information on travel, accommodation, and creche, please visit the website.

To find out more about the policies we will be discussing at this conference, see the First Agenda on the members’ website.

There will be regional tables and meet ups arranged at conference, too, and once registered you should get information from your Regional Co-ordinator about these.

Keep up to date with plans for the Autumn Conference on Twitter with #GPConf and there is a facebook event here.

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.

See these links:

#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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#SafeClimate

Safe Climate

Climate change is real and here. Now!

Every year that goes by without action by government, we slide closer towards irreversible damage to our environment, societal breakdown and economic disaster.

The Green Party will challenge the conventional thinking by:

  • working with other countries to ensure global temperatures do not rise beyond 2 degrees
  • phase out fossil-fuel based energy generation and nuclear power
  • invest in a public programme of renewable generation, flood defences and building insulation

See these Green Party links:

#DecentHomes

Decent Homes

Secure, affordable, decent homes. Not much to ask for really.

However, due to soaring private rents and social housing being sold off left, right and centre, for a lot of people, it’s just a dream.

The Green Party will tackle this crisis head on by abolishing the unfair bedroom tax, building more social rented homes and bring empty homes back into use to ensure everyone has access to an affordable place to live.

Vote Green. For the common good!

Join the #GreenSurge.

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Vote For What You Believe In

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?

Wilnecote News #4 – Special Energy Edition

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Our occasional newsletter Wilnecote News is out. Download your copy now and read this special ‘Energy Edition‘ focussing on the madness that is fracking and nuclear energy.

Also in this issue is the Green Party’s stance on HS2, the big transport white elephant touted by the Tories, LibDems and Labour as the saviour of our economy.

If you agree with us and want to say no to fracking, nuclear energy and HS2, then join us on 7th May and vote Green.