Co-Leader of the Green Party Jonathan Bartley made a barnstorming speech at the Cornwall Greens conference in Truro on Saturday, calling for an end to “the mantra of illusionary economic growth”. Mr Bartley also called for the cancellation of HS2, with the money saved to be spent on a local transport revolution in towns and cities around the country. The conference also saw Cornwall Greens launch their own ‘Green Vision for Cornwall’. WATCH EDITED HIGHLIGHTS Speaking from the heart and without notes, Mr Bartley said: “These are absolutely seismic, momentous times. We’ve seen a colossal movement over the last year, with the school strikes, with Greta Thunberg, with Extinction Rebellion pushing Green issues right up the agenda, pressing home the urgency of the climate emergency. “This emergency demands that everything needs to change – every aspect of the way we live, the way we work. And Greens are the only ones
Cornwall’s Green Party is asking how Cornwall Council’s plan to spend £12 million on supporting the development of a spaceport at Newquay Airport can be justified in the light of the Council’s recent declaration of a climate emergency. The money will be in addition to £7.8 million from the UK Space Agency towards the development of “Spaceport Cornwall”, with the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) providing a further £500,000. The plan is for the site to be used to launch satellites from modified 747 jumbo jets owned by Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit, a spin-off from Mr Branson’s Virgin Galactic space tourism company. Cornwall Green Party’s Co-coordinator Karen La Borde, who has been a driving force in the moves by local councils and Cornwall Council to declare a climate emergency, said: “Cornwall Council cannot possibly justify spending £12 million on expanding Newquay airport for a so-called spaceport,
At our stall at the Bude Earth Festival we decided to run a climate-ometer to get a sense of the types of policies people were prepared to support to combat climate change. It wasn’t a particularly scientific analysis, and the attendees were a very “green” group, but it did enable us to have lots of interesting conversations and in general we found people were very willing to support a number of policy ideas. Those which were most popular were: Fit solar panels to all new houses Plant a new generation of forests Increase funding for public transport, cycle lanes and footpaths Encouraging and subsidising renewable energy Stopping subsidies for fossil fuels Banning fracking Slightly less popular were: Outlawing petrol and diesel cars Introducing a frequent flyer charge Replacing gas central heating with electric Introducing a “meat tax” However all the policy suggestions had significant levels of support and most people
A big thank you everyone who took part in the Greens EU election campaign and everyone who voted Green! On 26 May, we watched in joy as the Green Party achieved the most fantastic EU election results. Molly Scott Cato was re-elected in the south west and across the country the number of Green MEPs more than doubled. This was no fluke or protest vote but instead it was the result of hard work and strong, consistent policies. We didn’t have much time to organise our EU election campaign as confirmation that we were going to hold the vote only came a few weeks before election day, but here in Cornwall we swung into action as soon as we knew for sure. We held street stalls, hand delivered thousands of leaflets, put up banners and boards across the county, phoned everyone we could to encourage them to vote and posted article
Cornwall’s Green Party is this morning celebrating the re-election of Molly Scott Cato as a Green MEP for the South West – and a massive increase in the Green share of the vote in Cornwall and across the South West. In Cornwall, the Greens won more votes than the Conservatives, Labour and UKIP combined. The results announced last night showed the Greens increasing their share of the vote in Cornwall to 18%, up from 11% in 2014. In South West as a whole, the Greens exceeded the best estimates of pollsters, with 18% of the overall vote. Tom Scott, the Falmouth-based candidate who was number four on the Green Party list, said: “This is a fantastic result for the Green Party in Cornwall. We’d met many people on the campaign trail who told us that they’d be voting Green for the first time, so we were expecting to do
As part of her EU re-election campaign, Molly visited Cornwall for three days at the end of April. She visited Penzance, Chacewater, Bude and Ladock and had an overwhelmingly positive reaction wherever she went. Whenever she speaks people in the audience are so impressed by her depth of knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for the EU. Molly is standing as an MEP in the elections on 23 May. Find out more.
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The local elections on 2 May saw the best ever local election results in the 46-year history of the Green Party. In total we saw a net gain of 194 council seats and we now have a record number of 362 councillors on a record 122 councils. These results are absolutely stunning. We have won in all demographics in all of the English regions, and have built on what were strong results last time these seats were contested in 2015. Our three biggest council winners were Brighton, who now have 19 seats, Solihull who’ve moved up to 14 councillors (including an 84% Green vote in one ward) and Mid Suffolk where we doubled our representation to 12. But the particular excitement of these results is that many of our wins have been in new territory for the Green Party in places like Darlington, North Devon, Carlisle and Colchester. We have
The Easter Saturday Green Fair at St John’s Hall Penzance provided something for everyone. Whether visitors wanted a book for the beach, information on bees or a slice of vegan simnel cake, it was all there. Nearly 400 people visited the ever-popular event between 10.00 and 3.00, despite the perfect weather. As well as old favourites, the Fair attracted new exhibitors for this year including Penwith Landscape Partnership, Project Q housing community, Wheal Buzzy solitary bee project, and Heart of the Woods forest school. Visitors could also take the opportunity to fill in a Green Party survey and meet a Euro election candidate, enjoy lunch courtesy of the Country Market team, or take a close-up look at the Cornish Culture Association’s famous ‘Oss’ Pen Hood. There was also a range of music on offer, from Privy Chamber, Western Wynd and –for those who like something a little louder –
Penwith Green Fair returns to St John’s Hall Penzance this year, with the usual wide variety of stall-holders, music and food. Community groups, green businesses and environmental organisations will be taking part in this year’s event, which will take place on Easter Saturday (20th April) between 10am and 3.00 pm. Information and ideas will be available on a number of topics, including health, wildlife protection, food and climate change. New organisations at the event this year include the Penwith Landscape Partnership, which will be showcasing its important work in West Cornwall, as well as the Wheal Buzzy Project, which works to improve habitats for threatened species of solitary bee. The fair organisers are pleased to welcome back the Cornish Culture Association, and there will be plenty of opportunity to buy cakes, plants and other goods. The Green Fair, which has been held in Penzance every Easter for over 30 years,