18 April 2014
The Green Party begins its campaign for the Euro elections in the east of England in earnest with a three day tour by the Party leader, Natalie Bennett.
The visit starts with a regional campaign launch on April 22nd when there will be exactly a month to go before the election.
Over the course of her visit from Tuesday April 22nd to Thursday April 24th, Ms Bennett will launch the Party’s manifesto at a regional news conference in Cambridge, visit a community garden in Peterborough, take part in a beach clean-up on the Norfolk coast damaged by winter storms and meet immigrants and refugees in Gt Yarmouth. There’ll be a public meeting at Colchester Town Hall and a stop in Suffolk to endorse the new town- centre “shared space” traffic scheme in Bungay.
The Green Party’s lead candidate in the east for the Euro elections, Rupert Read, said:
“This is where we really start to spell out our vision for the future of Europe, a Europe more in touch with the interests of people here in the east rather than those of the international corporate lobbyists who like things run on a politics-as-usual basis. So we’re looking to put communities before fracking, for example, local businesses before multinationals. Europe needs to get out of the way when decisions can better be taken locally.
“After this winter’s floods we all know that we must stop further deterioration of our environment but we also want safe food, clean air and proper protection for animals. We want a peaceful, secure future for our children. Greens in Europe can help with all of that.”
There are various opportunities for members of the media to meet Natalie Bennett and find out about the Green Party campaign:
Tuesday April 22nd
1130: Main regional launch of the Green Party Euro campaign, The Michaelhouse Centre, St Michael's Church, Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1SU, with lead candidate Rupert Read and other Green Party list candidates.
1500: Briefing for Essex media by Natalie Bennett and Rupert Read, Westwood Park Business Centre, London Road, Little Horkesley, Colchester, CO6 4BS.
1830: Public meeting in Colchester at The Moot Hall, Colchester Town Hall with Natalie Bennett and Rupert Read.
Wednesday April 23rd
1130: Visit to Green Backyard, Oundle Rd, Peterborough, PE2 8AT. Green Backyard is a community garden and growing project with a strong social element, offering music, arts and crafts, tai-chi. They are working with families, ex-offenders and people with mental health difficulties. They created buildings using recycled materials and built a wildlife pond, enhancing the urban environment for the common good. But the future of the project is under threat because the council-owned land is earmarked for development. http://www.thegreenbackyard.com/
Thursday April 24th
1000: Hemsby Beach clean-up, with Caister parish councillor Harry Webb. Rendezvous at Lacon Arms, Sea View Road, Hemsby, NR29 4JG. With the holiday season about to get under way, Green Party volunteers undertake a clean-up of the shoreline damaged by the winter storm-surge while Natalie Bennett, following up on her visit after the storms, meets local people who are fundraising for do-it-yourself coastal protection schemes.
1230: Visit to Great Yarmouth Refugee Outreach Support Ltd, Great Yarmouth Library, Tolhouse St, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 2SH. Immigrants and refugees will be attending a GYROS Jobs Club with advisors working in four languages. GYROS is a long-established charity working with some of the estimated ten thousand immigrants and refugees in the Gt Yarmouth area. It has recently been helping them with voter registration.
1500: Visit Bungay where the controversial new “shared space” town centre scheme is nearing completion. Rendezvous at Buttermarket. Seen in European cities, but unusual in a smaller town, the almost-completed redesign was instigated by Green town councillor Simon Thompson to create a town centre more people-friendly by blurring the demarcation between vehicles and people.
1725: Ms Bennett will leave for London from Beccles railway station, using the hourly service made possible by the persistent campaign by Green Party councillor Graham Elliott. She will hear about new plans to bring the old station building back to life.