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
"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 This is clearly an outdated and unrepresentative system, which both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
"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."
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.
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.
This summer, your local Green Party
surveyed residents of Gorrell ward in Whitstable about their views on their
community. Thanks to all those who took the time to tell us their views.
The results show that people love Whitstable
for its strong sense of community, great high street and for being such a friendly
The three key priorities for improving
life in the town were:
Greens willcontinue toactively support the Plastic-Free movement, encouraging local businessesto reduce single-useplastic containers and packaging.
We would also prioritise multi-compartment bins in Whitstable, especially on the beaches. This would mean an increase in recycling and a decrease in litter.
We would campaign for an alternative to the thousands of disposable takeaway cups and glasses being used by the town's cafes, pubs and festivals.
The town has serious problems with
parking, especially in the summer months when visitors flock to Whitstable. The
survey showed support for more residents-only parking in the centre of town.
The Green Party will also campaign to get the long-promised out-of-town park
and ride facilities set up.
Currently the cheapest house prices
in the District are more than 13 times the annual salary of the lowest paid,
making home ownership an impossible dream for many.
Green Party policy is
to use forms of housing provision where affordability can be guaranteed, such
as social and co-operative housing, and encouraging self-build and custom-build
that directly meet peoples’ needs while empowering the builders/occupants.
We would also set up a living rent commission, ensure secure tenancies and the Right to Rent
if a householder falls behind on mortgage payments.
campaign to charge 200% council tax on homes left empty for longer than 6
months and set aside the extra revenue received to provide free roof and
cavity-wall insulation to residents in the District.