Green gains in Northumberland mirrored throughout the country

CONGRATULATIONS to Nick Morphet Tynedales first Green County Councillor following a well thought out campaign and to Martin Swinbank for winning the Alnwick seat. With 2 green Councillors on Northumberland County Council we can now start to influence policy.

Humshaugh Results

Milo Jasper BARNETT (Lab) 80

Rupert McLure GIBSON (Con) 849

Nick MORPHET (Green) 1,046

Stuart Alan ROWLANDS (LibDem) 30

  • Also Gained first seats in Stockport, Durham, Hastings, East and West Sussex, North Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and Cumbria
  • Total of 13 Green Councillors now on Sheffield City Council
  • 5 Greens on Wirral, Knowsley and Burnley Borough Councils.
  • Taken seats from LibDems, Labour and Conservatives in Suffolk where we now have 9 County Councillors.

Do you want to be a teller?

May 6th is election day and, we hope, the day Nick Morphet is elected to Northumberland County Council. He’s in with a very real chance – but we need to sustain the intensity Nick and his team have applied to the campaign so far.

Can you help out by acting as a ‘teller’ on election day? A teller is someone who attends a polling station and collects voter information (usually just a name or their voter number) so that we can identify supporters who have not yet voted; we can then encourage or help them to get out and do so. We need as many people as possible so that we can cover the 9 polling stations in the Humshaugh ward from 7am on the day. This election could be won and lost on the narrowest of margins and so getting everyone out to vote for Nick is really important. Click here to request further details.

A plea for help from Tynedale Green Party

In late January, the government threw a spanner in the works of Nick’s county council election campaign by deciding that campaign literature could no longer be delivered by unpaid volunteers. It can still be delivered by post or by paid staff, but the effect is to raise the cost of delivering campaign literature 14-fold (from 4.5p per item to 62.5p per item). This decision clearly benefits the larger parties, who are not only wealthier but more likely to hold power in safe seats where they know they will win by default if campaigning stops. The government’s decision is therefore a serious threat to democracy, and we must do everything that we can to avoid Nick’s election campaign grinding to a halt. We will probably have to limit distribution of the February newsletter to the 750 people who voted in the last local elections. Considering how much effort Nick has put into creating the newsletter, this is a very disappointing decision to have to make! If we can raise £650 in the next week, however, we’ll be able to deliver the newsletter to all 1,900 houses in the Humshaugh ward. Please consider donating to Nick’s campaign fund if you can afford to, would like Northumberland County Council to have a Green councillor, and would like to confront this assault on our democracy.

This link will take you straight to Nick’s campaign fundraiser: 

Thank you very much indeed. Your support is hugely appreciated.

Fundraising and Action Network

A big thank you to all those who have already donated to Nicks Crowdfunder! A grand total of £400 has been reached. Unfortunately to deliver the campaign strategy which will give Nick the best chance of success at the county Elections in May we need to generate even more funds, so we have decided to switch the on line fundraising  to Action Network, the Green Party equivalent to Crowdfunder. If you possibly can, please donate to Nicks  Action Network  campaign and don’t forget to share the link too!
If you don’t feel that you can make a donation but would like to support the campaign in another way, please get in touch via: info@tynedale.greenparty.org.uk or nick.morphet@tynedale.greenparty.org.uk
– we’re currently looking for people to help with leaflet delivery.