On Saturday, (25th October) Councillor Ken Lynch (Sandy Pinnacle ward) went public with his decision to join the Green Party. He was joined by both local Greens and those from right across the eastern region. They spent the day helping Cllr Lynch let the people of Sandy be the first to hear that their local councillor had become a Green further increasing Green Party representation on Mid Beds District Council.
In the local Green Party’s biggest day of campaigning for months thousands of leaflets were delivered to local residents explaining Kens change of party and hundreds of voters were given the chance to talk to Ken about it.
Dr Rupert Read, Lead Green Party Candidate for the Eastern Region European Elections said:
“Greens from across Eastern Region came to Sandy on Saturday, to welcome Ken to the Green Party and help him communicate his reasons for supporting the existing Green Councillor already on Mid-Beds District Council (Gareth Ellis, who became Bedfordshire’s first Green Councillor in 2007), and build on the support for the Green Party in Bedfordshire. Greens will be visiting many other parts of the region as the Green Party builds up to the Euro Elections in June 2009, now only a little over 7 months away.
“Spreading the Green message is vital at a time when the society and the planet we live on faces so many threats; not only environmentally but also politically and economically. A bigger Green voice in Europe will be another step towards securing the radical Social and Environmental policies needed to help us navigate our way through the crisis in this century and beyond.
New Green councillor Ken Lynch said:
“Seeing the excellent work of councillor Gareth Ellis, I realise that for the Greens, politics isn’t about petty point scoring, it’s seeing what’s needed and working the political system to get it done.”
“Despite the change it will business as usual delivering a personal service to the people of Sandy.”
Ken is the voluntary community project worker for both the Biggleswade Monday Youth Club and the Sandy Tuesday Youth Club, he’s work on the Skate School has made it a reality. He is chair of the Biggleswade and District Pensioners Association.
Green Cllr Gareth Ellis commented:
“Ken is a very welcome addition to our team, he’s not afraid to loudly speak up for those that need it, a persistent fighter who won’t ever give up until he’s won.”