Local Election Broadcast

Just a quick note to say that our 12 County Council candidates allowed the North East Green Party to qualify for BBC television coverage during the elections.

The criteria was candidates standing in 1/6th of the available seats or 33 to be precise. We squeaked in with exactly 33!!!

Follow the link to see the last broadcast



Green Party bookies early favourite in Bristol West


Paddy Power has released betting odds on Bristol West for the up-coming General Election which show The Green Party as favourites to win the seat which is currently held by Labour. The Liberal Democrats are in a distant third place. The polling comes after Electoral Calculus earlier seat predictions that saw The Green Party taking the seat with the Liberal Democrats slipping to fourth.

Commenting on the results the Green candidate for Bristol West, Molly Scott Cato MEP, said

“ThMolySCCese results are clear. Green politics has sown the seeds of hope in Bristol and we are now seeing electoral results grow out of this. We already have 11 Green Councillors in the city doing great work. We now have a chance to make history in June by electing the first Green MP for the city. She continued,

“Today marks the beginning of the Green Party’s campaign for a bold, positive future for our country – in wholehearted opposition to the extreme Brexit and far-right agenda threatened by another five years Tory government. It is great to see the betting companies reinforce what many here in Bristol already know – that the Greens are best placed to oppose this awful Tory government.

Caroline Lucas Visits Warden

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 Newca_1070730stle 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 wa_1070842s 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.

Hexham hosts Co Leader of Green Party

caroline-lucasParty 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.