Full personal statement from me: standing aside from the Euro-fight

I want to thank every single person who voted Green on May 22, here in the East. You have contributed to a movement that is growing, and will only continue to grow: for Green is the future, if there is to be a future at all.

It is terrifying that a Party whose basis is victim-blaming and which denies the very reality of dangerous human-influenced climate chaos has done so well at these elections (and some of the Conservative Party here are no different, by the way). I blame the tiny handful of multi-millionaires who bankroll the Party that shall remain nameless, and the national media for giving them bucketloads of coverage while ignoring the rise of the Green Party in the opinion polls during the campaign. I hope that once people realise what the Party that shall remain nameless actually stands for they will turn away from it in disgust, and turn to the Green Party, which offers a positive alternative to the old, failed parties.

As for me: I am so sad not to have been given the wonderful right to represent this Region at the European Parliament. While I will remain politically active, and may well seek to enter Westminster sooner rather than later (after a holiday!), this is goodbye to European-level electoral politics for me. I don’t want to outstay my welcome. I’ve given it two great shots, and come close both times. Now, I leave it to younger others to do what is necessary: to stand for election to the European Parliament and to win for Green, so that together we can make the changes that are necessary, in order to save the future.

Norwich: Greens hold all five defended wards with increased majorities

The Green Party is celebrating a strong set of local election results in Norwich.

The party increased its majority in all five of the wards it was defending and also increased its city-wide vote to 30%, despite a strong challenge by Labour who were quoted as confident of taking two wards from the Greens.

For the Norwich City Council area as a whole, Labour took 35% to the Greens’ 30% but for the Norwich South Parliamentary constituency Greens are ahead by 35% to 34%.

Three Green councillors were re-elected (Lesley Grahame in Thorpe Hamlet, Ash Haynes in Town Close and Simeon Jackson in Mancroft) and new Green councillors were elected in two wards: Tim Jones in Nelson and Sandra Bogelein in Wensum.

Andrew Boswell, Leader of the Green Party City Councillors, said:

“This is a fantastic set of results for the Green Party. Voters have recognised the strong track record of Green Councillors in representing their communities and re-elected Greens with increased majorities in all five of our wards.

“I’m delighted at the strong support we’ve received for our policies on ending zero hours contracts, opposing overdevelopment around Norwich and improving democracy on these issues. We will continue to challenge the ruling Labour Cabinet on these issues and be a strong, responsible opposition.

“I’d like to thank everyone who voted Green in this election and all the party members and supporters who helped our campaign.”

The Greens obtained increased local election votes in many parts of Eastern region. The party won its first seats on Babergh council (Suffolk) and Epping Forest (Essex) and defended its Rochford council seat with a big majority. 

Adrian Ramsay, regional Campaign Manager for the Green Party, said: “These strong results – combined with opinion polls from recent weeks – suggest that we have an excellent chance of making a breakthrough at European level in Eastern region and seeing Rupert Read elected as the region’s first Green MEP on Sunday evening.”

 

Craig Murray says: #VoteGreen2014!

So pleased to have Craig Murray’s backing, for a green vote:

Craig, a former ambassador and human rights activist says:
“So who should those of us living in England vote for tomorrow? I intend to vote Green – it seems to me that in England that is the best way to give a positive expression to the discontent with mainstream parties. I particularly hope that those who have the opportunity to vote for Rupert Read in the East of England will do so. Their support for renationalizing the railways would be enough for me, but actually I find myself in agreement with the large majority of their platform.”

See Craig’s full article here:

UKIP = The nasty Party = The Conservatives squared.

So, Norfolk UKIP are now cosying up to Norfolk Conservatives to make a deal to gain control of the Council here… http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/politics/conservatives_to_discuss_deal_with_ukip_to_take_back_control_of_norfolk_county_council_1_3608604 This is hardly a surprise. UKIP are nothing other than the nasty (anti-renewables, climate-denying, anti-tax, anti-immigrant, etc) wing of the Conservative Party – many of them actually having been expelled by or defected from the Conservatives. This is what the so-called ‘anti-establishment’ party intends doing – shoring up the very establishment party that got Norfolk into such a mess over the years (e.g. purveying the dreadful incinerator project). 

Endorsement: Long time Labour MP Ian Gibson backs Greens

Former Labour MP Dr. Gibson has put his name to a letter in support of lead candidate Rupert Read.

Other notable signatories include Sir Jonathon Porritt, former chair of the Sustainable Development Commission, the human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and the journalist and author George Monbiot. 

In the letter they urge readers, whichever Party they normally vote for and whichever they might vote for at the General Election next year, to consider voting Green this time. That’s because the Euro elections are run on a proportional representation voting system which gives the Greens, as a smaller Party, a fairer chance of winning a seat.  The Greens already have MEPs representing the neighbouring constituencies of South-East and London. 

Dr Read can join them with only an extra 1% more of the vote than he achieved at the last Euro election. He said: “I feel honoured to have this distinguished group behind me, but it’s especially exciting to have the backing of people like Ian Gibson and Peter Tatchell who have previously been prominent themselves in other political parties.”

#GreensNotUkip: Natalie Bennett on the real fight in the Euro-elections

DAILY EXPRESS interview Green Party Leader!: http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/475832/Ukip-s-divisive-politics-are-driving-voters-to-Greens-says-party-leader-Natalie-Bennett

 I was present at the Yarmouth meeting mentioned here by Natalie. It was indeed disturbing to hear from experts at the front line in our Region of how migrants are suffering discrimination, right now, and of how it is tending to get worse…

My reaction to extraordinary story of police trying to stifle blogger’s free speech.

Police have visited a Green Party blogger in Cambridgeshire after a UKIP councillor objected to his Tweets.

 

The Guardian reports that Michael Abberton was invited by the officers to remove criticism of UKIP from social media, though no offence had been committed.

 

Mr Abberton explained that his comments had already been retweeted and he no longer had control over them. The officers, who were reportedly polite and professional, were particularly concerned about the retweet of a faked poster giving 10 reasons to vote for Ukip, such as scrapping paid maternity leave and raising income tax for the poorest 88% of Britons.

 

The Green Party’s lead candidate for the Euro elections in the east of England, Rupert Read, said:

 

“Criticism of UKIP is not only legitimate, it is essential! The real election battle now here in the East is between Greens and UKIP. It is very disturbing that the police got in the way of it – and very telling that UKIP tried in an authoritarian manner to get them to do so.”

 

Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green party, said:

 

“This police action is both disturbing and surprising. That an apparently general complaint from a political party about not liking what was said about them could have led to a police visit that many would find intimidating is an extremely serious incident that demands immediate investigation. Free speech is a precious right that we must defend.”

 

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/may/12/police-ask-blogger-remove-legitimate-tweet-ukip

ICM Polling: Green Vote Growing as Liberal Democrats Wither



The Green Party is polling (1) at 10% ahead of the May 22 European Elections, putting it firmly in fourth place and three percentage points ahead of the ailing Liberal Democrats (7%).
 
The Greens have surged four points since ICM’s last poll and are within touching distance of meet their target of trebling their number of MEPs from two (Jean Lambert, London, and Keith Taylor, South-East) to six. Based on a national swing the latest poll would give the Greens 5 seats in England plus one in Scotland. The Lib Dems would have zero seats. Among 18-24 year-olds the Greens are the second most popular political party.
 
Natalie Bennett, Green Party Leader, said:
 
“The results of this poll chime with what I am hearing around the country. 
Former Lib Dem voters feel that the party no longer represents their values, let alone their views on tuition fees, nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons, and on curbing the influence of the banks and big business. 

 
“Former Labour voters are looking at our firm statements that the poor and disadvantaged must no longer be made to pay for the fraud and recklessness of the bankers. And traditional Tory voters are coming to us for our firm defence of the green belt and determination to rein in our still out of control financial sector.”
 
Penny Kemp, Head of Media on the Green Party Executive, said:
 
“If the Green Party as predicted push the Lib/Dems into fifth place, I will be asking Ofcom and the Broadcasters Liaison Group to review their recent policy and I will be arguing for a place at the top table.”
 
The polling results echo those released on May 2 by the Green Party. That polling, which was conducted by YouGov and commissioned by the Greens, had the Green Party on 8% and ahead of the Lib Dems in four of the nine English regions (the North-East, the North-West, Yorks and Humber and Eastern Region) with both parties polling on 11% in London.