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,
Cornwall Green Party is getting ready for future elections by selecting candidates in seats across Cornwall. At a meeting in March, members selected Collin Harker for St Austell and Newquay and Martha Green for the South East Cornwall constituencies. The party already has candidates for Truro and Falmouth (Tom Scott) and St Ives (Karen la Borde). Read more about our candidates.
Falmouth Town Council is the first town council in Cornwall to declare a climate emergency after being urged to do so by numerous concerned residents. It is the fifth town to do so in the whole of the UK, making it one of the leaders in the fight to tackle climate change. Joining the declarations of Manchester, Bristol, Stroud, Totnes and Brighton. The town council voted unanimously in favour to declare a State of Climate Emergency in support of Cornwall Council that made the same declaration last week. Deputy Mayor Tony Parson put forward the motion after a request made by Rob Higgs of the local Extinction Rebellion group. (The same group that successfully requested and lobbied Cornwall Council to make their Climate Emergency declaration.) There was an educational and moving presentation by Karen La Borde from the Green Party on the science and impact of climate change. After this, Tony
A brilliant result for everyone, including our St Ives PPC Karen La Borde, who encouraged Cornwall Council to declare a climate emergency. Following this, Sheelah Goldsmith circulated some really practical steps parish councils could take to act on this. Sheelah wrote: “Cornwall council has declared a Climate Emergency (22/1/19) and will be asking the government for funds and legislation to enable it to further take on the challenge of fighting climate change in Cornwall. Individual parish councils can feel heartened by this lead and dare to make the same declaration themselves.” Below are the first steps in the parish of Gerrans, working with the neighbouring parish of St Just in Roseland, (which has already set up an Environment Committee), but not officially declared a climate emergency yet, towards reducing and reversing climate change in the parishes. Sheelah added: “If every parish throughout the land were to do a similar thing and
Will Theresa May choose – or be forced into – a snap general Election? If so, the Green Party in St Ives Constituency is all ready to go! At a meeting on October 8th, members in the constituency selected as their candidate local activist Karen La Borde, whose mission is “nailing decision makers to their previously agreed good intentions”. Parish Councillor Karen has flown the Green flag in Kerrier, challenging planning decisions and preventing inappropriate development in an AONB area. She led the campaign against a new heliport on the outskirts of Penzance and – despite consequent flak on social media – is determined to (as she puts it) “I will make it a priority to continue holding local and national authorities to account, ensuring they adhere to the ‘green’ policies they write and adopt especially regarding climate change and the loss of bio diversity”. “If a government says it
Will Theresa May choose – or be forced into – a snap general Election? If so, the Green Party in Camborne and Redruth Constituency is all ready to go! At a meeting on October 8th, members in the constituency selected as their candidate local activist Ian Flindall, whose mission is to promote Green policies on “destruction of the natural environment and our far-reaching policies for ecological sustainability”. Local farmer Ian knows the ins and outs of the election business, having stood several times as a General and European election candidate during 40 years of active Party membership. Green through and through, Ian has worked in renewables, energy conservation and sustainable farming, and has been director of West Cornwall Community Power. Ian is well-placed to explain to voters how practical solutions, which we already have available, now desperately need to be pursued with vigour and determination. “Humanity is clearly drinking in