On Friday 9th December we saw Caroline Lucas, Green Party co-leader and MP visit our corner of Northumberland. During her 2 day visit to the NE she also spoke at Durham University Union and met with Newcastle Green Party members.
Caroline took the time in her packed schedule to visit Warden to see the damage caused by Storm Desmond in Dec 2015 and the efforts of local people to repair and protect themselves from further damage. She spoke of the need for more funding from government towards Natural Flood Management and other sustainable methods.
Caroline also took the chance to speak about the recent motion to push for more parliamentary oversight of the Brexit process and lamented the Labour amendment which commits to a too short time frame and no guarantee of a detailed plan from government.
Caroline was happy to support Tynedale Green Party candidate Wesley Foot who is standing in Humshaugh ward for the County Council elections next May. TGP members enjoyed a buffet lunch at The Boatside and a chance for an informal chat with Caroline who was always patient and friendly. Wesley presented her with a birthday card from TGP and she was even serenaded by member Veronica Perrin!
Many thanks to David Taylor who came to photograph the event and to hexham tv for filming short interviews with Caroline and Carol, landlady of The Boatside.
Party Co Leader, Caroline Lucas, will pay a flying visit to Hexham next week after speaking in Durham on Thursday night.
Ms Lucas will visit The Boatside Inn at Warden on Friday 9th December to meet Tynedale Green Party members and local candidate Wesley Foot; she is expected to discuss how last year’s flooding affected the area and the response to her recent questions to government on funding for Natural Food Management (NFM) methods.
Warden resident Wesley Foot, who will stand as Green Party candidate in next year’s County Council Election, said: “I’m looking forward to meeting Caroline who is a much respected and hard-working MP. Among other things we’ll be talking about the potential of natural flood management methods in this region to prevent the kind of flooding we seem to experience in Warden on a regular basis. NFM methods are more sustainable, good value for money, prevent flooding and also benefit the natural environment in the long term. Caroline Lucas recently questioned the government over their response to last year’s flooding, reminding them of their stated support for alternative flood prevention methods .This week the government committed £15 million which is welcome but inadequate when spread across the country.”
The Green Party Co Leader will visit The Boatside in Warden between 11.30am and 1pm to see the improvements made to flood-proof the building since last year. She will then meet local Green Party members for an informal lunch.