The Green Party Autumn Conference 2016 will be held at the University of Birmingham between 2nd and 4th September.
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.
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.
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.
Three days ago, The Green Party launched its 2015 General Election ManifestoFor 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!