Election news: New Green Councillor in Earlswood, Green hold in Redhill East

We’re celebrating the election of our first councillor in Earlswood & Whitebushes Ward.

Hal Brown was elected, unseating the Conservative incumbent after a close fight. Hal is a nurse at East Surrey Hospital and has a young family.


In Redhill East, Jonathan Essex was re-elected, with an impressive 58% of the vote.

Jonathan has served on the Borough Council since 2010 and the County Council since 2014. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer specialising in international development, and an active community campaigner.

We now have a group of three Greens on Reigate & Banstead Borough Council once again, along with Steve McKenna in Redhill East.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped secure these two wins, in many different ways. And thank you to everyone who voted Green. We never take votes for granted and our Councillors will work hard for you.

Thank you also to the other Green candidates who stood across the Borough.

Redhill East result
Jonathan Essex, The Green Party – 1,377 (58.2%) Elected
Paul Bevan, Conservative – 573 (24.2%)
Rex Giles, Labour – 296 (12.5%)
Stuart Holmes, Liberal Democrat –121 (5.1%)

Earlswood and Whitebushes result
Hal Brown, The Green Party – 760 (32.8%) Elected

Rita Renton, Conservative – 743 (32.1%)
Toby Brampton, Labour – 505 (21.8%)
Jane Kulka, Liberal Democrat 163 (7.0%)
Joe Fox, UKIP –146 (6.3%)

You can see all the election results on the Council website.



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Meet our local election candidates

We are fielding nine candidates in the local elections on 3 May. Find out who’s standing in your area here.

Please support your Green candidate! If you would like to deliver leaflets, or help on polling day, please email info@eastsurreygp.org.uk.

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CND at 60: giant ‘peace symbol’ visits Reigate

A giant reproduction of the iconic CND logo will visit Reigate’s Priory Park on Sunday 15th April. The installation will be sited near the park’s cafe as part of a UK-wide tour to mark the 60th anniversary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

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Peace campaigning in Redhill 9 December 2017

Peace on earth, goodwill to all people!

Local peace campaigners will be in Redhill town centre tomorrow, celebrating the award of the Nobel Peace prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons“. Read More »

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Big Green Autumn Party


Join us on Friday 6 October for a party at Reigate’s liveliest new venue, The Yard at Reigate Station. This is a fabulously  atmospheric and quirky new venue just ONE MINUTE from Reigate station.

There will be live music from Ian Machecek and Rebecca Riedtmann.  You can buy drinks at the cash bar – and feel free to bring your own food.*

This is a chance to have fun, thank everyone who has helped with our campaigns this year, and to raise some funds to continue working for a Greener and Fairer East Surrey.

When: 7.30-11pm, Friday 6 October 2017
Where: The Yard, 3a Holmesdale Road, Reigate, RH2 9QN

Tickets: £5 on the door or book via Eventbrite and secure your place

*There are plenty of excellent takeaways in Reigate – including a fish and chip shop and Chinese restaurant very nearby. For vegans, Monsoon in Woodhatch deliver and are happy to prepare vegan options and Pizza Express now has a vegan cheese available.


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Tandridge consults on potential ‘Garden Village’

Tandridge District Council is consulting on possible locations for a ‘large scale development based on garden village principles’.

They are looking at four possible locations:

  • Blindley Heath
  • Land west of Edenbridge
  • Redhill Aerodrome
  • South Godstone

All these sites are Green Belt and so are currently protected from development.

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Remembering Hiroshima

On Sunday 6th August there will also be a 15-minute vigil at Shaw’s Corner War Memorial, Redhill,starting at 11.30am. Please join us.

David Hilder of Reigate and Redhill Peace Group explains why.

Sunday 6th August, is the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. Two days later Nagasaki was the target. These remain the only time nuclear weapons have ever been used. 300,000 were killed in this attack and people today are still suffering as a result of the bombing.

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Green Party concern at flood of oil and gas drilling applications

Surrey Green Party is concerned at the flood of oil and gas drilling applications being dealt with by statutory bodies across Surrey.

“The industrialisation of the Weald promised by the oil and gas industry is under way,” said Green Councillor Jonathan Essex.

“This will put a huge strain on our already pressurised regulatory bodies, and on our local communities who have to deal with the potential impacts.” 

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Review of Surrey SEND services finds many weaknesses

Local paediatrician Dr Paul Wright reports:

On 1 April 2016 OFSTED and Care Quality Commission (CQC) began a programme to inspect all 152 local areas over five years to evaluate how well they were fulfilling their duties in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people and those who have special educational needs and/ or disability aged 0-25.

20 inspections were completed between May and December 2016. Of the first 16 inspections, 4 areas were issued with Written Statements of Action due to significant concerns. One of the areas which was issued with a Written Statement of Action was Surrey.

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Can you help fund our General Election campaign?

We have launched Crowdfunder appeals to raise funds to help our candidates Jonathan Essex and Benedict Southworth campaign stand in the upcoming General Election.

Jonathan hopes to raise £1,400.  You can support him at:

Benedict hopes to raise £500. You can support him at: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/green-party-candidate-for-surrey-east 

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