Thursday, 14 November 2019

CANTERBURY DISTRICT GREEN PARTY DECIDES NOT TO STAND GENERAL ELECTION CANDIDATE IN CURRENT POLITICAL CIRCUMSTANCES


At a meeting last night, members of Canterbury District Green Party decided that they would not stand a candidate in a general election in the current political circumstances.
The party will not be entering into any kind of deal, pact or alliance with any other party, and does not endorse any other party.
Henry Stanton, Green Party spokesperson, said, "The Green Party - unlike other political parties - places local democracy and local parties at the heart of its operations. In this instance, members voted not to stand a general election candidate. The local party will instead be focussing efforts on campaigning to save the Wincheap wet woodland and water meadows, improve public transport and clean up Canterbury and Whitstable’s dirty air.”
Elsewhere, the Green Party is standing in the vast majority of seats for the General Election, and we encourage those who can to vote Green to put the climate crisis front and centre of this election.

Monday, 23 September 2019

Greens address Whitstable Climate Strike marchers

Several Green Party members were able to join marchers on the Climate Strike in Whitstable last Friday. Alex Stevens spoke on behalf of Greens and Nicole David on behalf of Plastic-Free Whitstable.

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Green Party members Nicole David (centre) and Clare Williamson (left)
on the 20th September Climate Strike March in Whitstable

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Reclaim our right to live

Canterbury District Green Party members marched with the hundreds of young protesters yesterday during the Climate Strike. Here's the scene in Canterbury's Butter Market:

Protesters congregate outside the Cathedral and demand action be taken by the government to tackle climate change. (17056558)

Watch clips from the worldwide Climate Strike, the biggest mass movement in history, here:

Tuesday, 10 September 2019


Climate Strike, Friday 20th September, Canterbury, 11am-2pm

The Green Party will be supporting this initiative by schoolchildren and teachers in Canterbury with our local party banner. 

Join this demonstration at St George’s Clocktower at 11am and bring your own banners. Find flyers, posters etc at https://campaigns.greenparty.org.uk/strike-for-the-climate/ 

Wednesday, 17 April 2019


Green Party pact with the Lib Dems 

Local Lib Dems and Greens have made a reciprocal electoral pact for the Council elections on 2nd May. Each party has agreed that, in certain wards where the other party has more chance of gaining votes, they will not stand a candidate, or only one candidate in a three-seat ward.

In announcing the agreement, Nigel Whitburn, Chair of the local Lib Dems, said: "Our two parties feel obliged to make this arrangement in view of the fact that local, county and national elections still use the First Past The Post system, which has resulted in gross distortions of the vote. 

"For example, in the last local elections in 2015 the Conservatives got only 39% of the vote overall but 79% of the seats; the other parties (Labour, Lib Dems, UKIP and Greens) got 61% of the vote but only 21% of the seats. This is clearly an outdated and unrepresentative system, which both Lib Dems and Greens have opposed for many years."

Pat Marsh, Coordinator of local Greens, commented: "We regret that our agreement means that in some wards our supporters won’t have the opportunity of voting Green. However, we urge them to vote for Mike Sole in Nailbourne, who proved his green credentials when he was previously a councillor."

"Far more councillors from ‘progressive’ parties are required on Canterbury City Council to make it truly representative of voters in the District," added Mike Sole.

"That’s why we're employing the only tactic open to us to try to achieve better representation," commented Alex Stevens, Green candidate for Gorrell. "We hope for voters’ understanding and cooperation in this," he added. "And in the meantime we continue to campaign for proportional representation for future elections."

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Extinction Rebellion brings Canterbury traffic to a halt





For a group which was set up only a couple of months ago, Extinction Rebellion has already had a significant impact in this country and on Saturday, 5th January it made its presence felt in Canterbury.

Some hundred campaigners blocked the traffic on St Peter's Place around the West Gate for seven minutes at a time up to 2.30pm, with a large banner stating: Climate Change: 12 Years to Save Earth.

A number of Canterbury District Greens have joined Extinction Rebellion and were involved in Saturday's protest. As the local Green Party, we wish to express solidarity with all those involved. We wholeheartedly support the Rebellion's key aim of creating a world that is fit for generations to come.


The UN warns we have just 12 years to avoid climate catastrophe. A new report shows we’ve destroyed 60% of all wildlife in the last 40 years. 


Conventional politics has failed us. That’s why we need to take alternative steps to ensure governments do what is required to save our planet and ourselves. We applaud the work of Extinction Rebellion and all those who took part on Saturday.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

From The Canterbury Journal:

Unless we act, the impact of climate change will be felt hard in Canterbury

A vote for the Green Party in Canterbury North is a vote for a county councillor who will combine campaigning for local concerns such as better public transport, better recycling and better cycling infrastructure with continuous pressure on the council to work to combat climate change.
Conservative-run Kent County Council started their term of office by voting themselves a 15% pay rise and since then have laid waste to our most important public services.
It reduced bus services, made virtually no effort to improve cycling facilities and simply burnt a huge percentage of the household waste that they collect. On top of that, their pension fund continues to invest in companies engaged in fracking, tobacco and fossil fuels.
The Green Party’s Henry Stanton
As your county councillor, I would stand alongside our other Green Party councillor, Martin Whybrow, in fighting for a cleaner council and a green Blean and Rough Common.
We want to see a reduction in air pollution, an increase in the number of buses, more affordable housing and a genuine, sustainable commitment to fully functional hospitals and medical services across East Kent. All of these things are achievable but just require political will in order to achieve them. Political will that the Tories lack.
Ultimately, there is one issue above all others that is now coming to concern all voters – the impact of climate change.
Already in Kent we are seeing the impact of it with more extreme weather events, unseasonal temperatures and unpredictable crop yields.
The recent UN report on climate change shows that this is only set to get worse. We have 12 years to avoid the truly catastrophic consequences of an above 2 degree rise in global temperatures and if we don’t, the impacts will be felt in Canterbury.
Whether it be rising sea levels increasing the incidence of flooding in the area or rising sea temperatures wiping out our famous oyster stocks, even the most mild of temperature rises will affect us here. If we do nothing, we can expect 10 metre sea rises by the end of the century.
It’s a gloomy prospect. However, the Green Party knows we can solve the problem if we start now and act locally. Our council has the power to make a difference – by promoting clean public transport, divesting its pension fund of dirty stocks and encouraging sustainable energy production; instead it does nothing.
A Green councillor would battle to make all these changes and ensure that Canterbury North remains a beautiful, clean and green place to live.