Posts Tagged ‘Green Party’

Ex-Northampton South MP Tony Clarke joins the Green Party

March 11, 2013

1331778609The former Labour MP for Northampton South, Tony Clarke, has today revealed he has joined the Green Party

Mr Clarke. who was a Labour MP between 1997 and 2005 when he lost his seat to Brian Binley, quit the party soon after he left Parliament to become an independent councillor on both the borough and county councils. He was also a former general manager at Northampton Town FC

Although he lost his seat on the borough, he remains a county councillor for Castle ward until the elections for the authority are held on May 2.

Writing on his blog today, 49-year-old Mr Clarke said: “In communities like the one I represent in Castle Ward, austerity and hard times are unfortunately no strangers, and we are better prepared than most to deal with the consequences of recession.

“We are people more likely to be sociable to our neighbours, more protective of the vulnerable, more likely to step in rather than stand aside when the time comes for us to act. Studies find that despite having the least, communities like ours are where you are most likely to find people more social, face to face, more likely to lend a few bob to an acquaintance outside of our family, more willing to befriend others rather than retreat into our own homes.

“From my vantage point as a councillor and MP representing the people of Castle Ward at all levels, I have learnt that true power, true control, can only ever come from within, and I am fed up of fighting against politico’s for votes rather than fighting alongside the community for real change.

“I left the Labour Party, and then discovered that really it had left me, I have battled on as an Independent to try to make a difference for local people and have had some successes, but now it is time to truly give the power back to the people.

“For this reason, recently the local Green Party and myself have been holding discussions as to how we might join forces and together offer a real alternative to Castle Ward’s voters and non voters alike,

I have now joined the Green Party as a statement of my commitment to them, they in return have acknowledged my long standing political independence and agreed that we should now both campaign together locally under an “INDEPENDENT GREEN’ banner.

Interestingly enough, the Green Party is the only Party in the UK which you can be a member of and yet still stand at an election as an Independent (but not against an official Green candidate). I have chosen to campaign and as an Independent Green and proudly display the Green Party Logo on the ballot paper.”

Source – http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/local/ex-northampton-south-mp-tony-clarke-joins-the-green-party-1-4885070

Green Party Spring Conference 2013 to be held in Nottingham

February 18, 2013

EastMIdlandsConferenceCentreThe Green Party is delighted to delighted to announce that their Spring conference 2013 will be held in Nottingham in the East Midland Conference Centre from Friday 22nd to Monday 25th February 2013

ITEMS OF INTEREST

Friday 22nd February

1400 – 1430 MAIN HALL Leader’s Opening Speech – Natalie Bennett

1845 – 2000 MAIN HALL PANEL – Meeting the Zero Hunger Challenge, Keith Taylor MEP

Saturday 23rd February

1030 – 1145 MAIN HALL PLENARY –Speech, Deputy Leader, Cllr Will Duckworth
1045-1055 Update from Cllr Jason Kitcat, Leader, Brighton and Hove Council

1330 – 1445 Room 2 F – Campaigning on Air Pollution – Jean Lambert, MEP, Keith Taylor MEP

Room 4 F – Building the movement against austerity – Romayne Phoenix

Room 3A T – The Eton mess: the attack on the most vulnerable – Shan Oakes

1830 Onwards 40TH BIRTHDAY GALA DINNER

Sunday 24th February 5

1200 – 1315 Room 1B F – LGBTIQ Greens – Stuart Neyton

1200-1315 Room 2 F – The Green story in Brighton and Hove – Simon Williams

1330 – 1445 Room 3A F – The Yasuni Project: protecting the rainforest and fighting climate change Derek Wall and the Embassy of Ecuador

1700 – 1815 MAIN HALL PANEL Austerity in Europe, the Eurozone and beyond – Jean Lambert MEP

Monday 25th February

0930 – 1045 MAIN HALL PLENARY – Q and A with Green Party Leader, Natalie Bennett, and Deputy
Leader, Will Duckworth

1100 – 1215 MAIN HALL PANEL – Votes at 16 – To be or not to be

For more information please call Zoe Hall on 0207 549 0315