Hustings in East Surrey constituency

Four public hustings give you a chance to hear from all the candidates seeking your vote in the general election.

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You’re invited: Fundraiser for anti-oil-drilling campaign

The Weald Action Group is holding a night of awesome music to raise funds for a legal fight against the expansion of oil drilling at Horse Hill.

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Meet our general election candidates

We are pleased to introduce our candidates for the General Election on 12 December 2019.

Jonathan Essex, Reigate constituency

Jonathan is a chartered civil engineer and environmentalist, and has served as an active councillor in Redhill since 2010.

He says, “I will fight to protect our Green Belt and Surrey countryside, for fairer rail and bus fares and for planning rules requiring zero-carbon and truly affordable homes.

“We need a fairer Britain and tough action on climate change. This means shifting from our throw-away society, standing against oil drilling and airport expansion, and pushing for properly funded public services – youth and children’s centres, social care, schools and the NHS.”

Contact Jonathan

Phone: 07801 541924
Twitter: @_JonathanEssex

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Joseph Booton, East Surrey constituency

Joseph Booton grew up and lives in the local area, works in Reigate in the insurance sector and performs Punch & Judy shows. He was a Green Party candidate in the recent Borough elections in Redhill, where he beat the Labour and Liberal Democrat candidates.

Joseph is committed to protecting the Green Belt as well as local parks and open spaces from development. He will also stand up for future generations by protecting our climate from the threats posed by Gatwick and oil drilling. Joseph will campaign for a People’s Vote on Brexit, stand up for our vital public services, and fight for affordable housing for all.

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Janice Baker, Epsom & Ewell constituency

Janice is a language teacher and lives in Epsom.

She says, “I have been a member of the Green Party since 2014. What drove me into politics in my twenties was volunteering in community projects around Sutton, and campaigning against apartheid and racism.  Grassroots movements led into two years as a volunteer at the Pan African Institute for Development, Cameroon. The injustices in international relations were stark, wrecking the land, soil, lives and rights of all but the powerful rich. I was to return to Africa three times, working for an NGO or lecturing in Politics. I’ve been back in Ewell, then Epsom, for 28 years, in university and college posts before setting up a local school teaching English as a Foreign Language. Through that, I’m able to support Epsom Refugee Network in a practical way.

“My passion is to see people’s movements convince powerful forces that they cannot get away with exploiting us and our finite resources. That’s why I serve on the steering group of Divest Surrey to end Surrey County Council investment in gas and oil completely. Working with others to set up Sustainable Epsom is very rewarding and I’m passionate about animal rights and absolutely opposed to factory farming. So I’m vegan.

“I’m a single parent, love my two cats, walking and reading, and admit to vegging out with TV dramas.”

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What about the Remain alliance?

Greens are cooperating with other parties in more than 60 seats, including standing down in three seats in Surrey. Brexit is a massive issue, but it’s not the only one. So Greens are standing in 500 other seats, including Reigate and East Surrey, so people can vote for our radical policies to address social injustice and the climate emergency.

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Redhill Green launches Crowdfunder for oil drilling legal challenge

Sarah Finch speaking at a Climate Emergency protest at Horse Hill

A Green campaigner has launched a Crowdfunder appeal to raise funds for a judicial review of Surrey County Council’s decision to allow massive expansion of oil drilling at Horse Hill in Surrey.

Sarah Finch, a former Green Party Councillor on Reigate and Banstead Council, is looking to raise £25,000 to cover legal costs.

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Alex Phillips MEP to visit Redhill on 25 September 2019

Green MEP, Alex Phillips is visiting Redhill on 25 October 2019.

Alex is touring her constituency promoting her new Green New Deal report, which sets out how we can go zero carbon and create more local jobs.

On the way, she’s meeting with local Green enterprises, learning about what initiatives are out there and what we do to implement a Green New Deal.

She’ll be in Redhill from 2-5pm on Friday. Contact us if you’d like to meet her, or if your organisation would like her to visit:

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Incentives needed to reduce waste and reuse and recycle more

“Should residents be offered incentives to recycle?” is the question the Surrey Mirror put to local councillors this week.  Ruth Ritter, Green Councillor for Earlswood & Whitebushes, responded as follows.

Ruth RitterRecycling is vitally important for conserving the environment and reducing waste. Incentives to recycle for both individual residents and for businesses could well help us to improve our recycling rates but there also need to be incentives for councils to make it easier for us to reduce, reuse AND recycle.

Recycling helps reduce the need for mining, quarrying and logging for new raw materials, which are all activities that harshly pollute the air and water of our planet. They also use energy and generate greenhouse gases, but recycling only saves about half to one third of the energy used to make new stuff.

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Horse Hill: Our Next Steps – public meeting

Surrey County Council has approved plans for four more oil wells and 25 years of oil drilling at Horse Hill, near Horley, in East Surrey.

This would mean a total seven wells (one for water reinjection) – and flies in the face of both Surrey County Council’s and the country’s climate commitments. We need to make a rapid transition away from fossil fuels – not drill for new, hard-to-extract oil. Read More »

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There is no bomb that makes you safer

CND activist, Green MP and anti-nuclear campaigner Caroline Lucas has urged CND members to build broader alliances, including working with other movements, for example Extinction Rebellion, to draw attention to the way both nuclear weapons and the climate crisis pose existential threats to our future.

Speaking at an event hosted by Reigate & Redhill Peace Group on September 12th as part of CND’s Global Dangers tour, Caroline made the point that Trident will be redundant before it is even delivered. “That’s £200 billion wasted on an inhumane, useless – and hopefully soon to be illegal – weapon of mass destruction that is no use whatsoever against today’s threats,” she said. The threats facing us include cybercrime and the greatest threat, climate crisis, which will lead to flooding, increased migration and food shortages all of which raise the risks of war.

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Caroline Lucas MP to speak in Reigate on the Global Dangers of Nuclear Weapons and Climate Change

Green MP Caroline Lucas will speak at a public meeting on ‘Safety and Security in a Dangerous World’ in Reigate in September.

The meeting has been organised by Reigate and Redhill Peace Group and is part of a national tour coordinated by CND.

Caroline, who is Vice-President of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) said:

“We live in increasingly unstable times, where nuclear dangers are growing alarmingly – and it’s happening against a background of the climate emergency, resource wars and mass migration. It’s a complex, rapidly evolving and very dangerous situation. I’m looking forward to our meeting in Reigate to discuss how we can work for a better and safer world.”

The meeting is free to attend, and all are welcome.

  • When: 7-9pm, 12 September 2019
  • Where: Friends Meeting House, 47 Reigate Road, RH2 0QT

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