Global Dangers: Caroline Lucas to speak at CND meeting in Reigate

On 12 September, Green MP Caroline Lucas will join Join Reigate and Redhill CND at a public meeting on safety and security in a dangerous world.

The meeting is from 7-9pm at Friends Meeting House, 47 Reigate Road, RH2 0QT – and is part of CND’s Global Dangers tour.

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Climate emergency! Three important events

Climate change is the biggest issue of our time. The scientists’ warnings are getting louder. And the government has taken the first step by setting the long-term target of ending our contribution to climate change. But they need to work faster, and slash our emissions in the short-term to avert the worst impacts.

All of us need to face up to the urgency of the situation and do everything we can to turn things around.

We are acting on lots of fronts. We’ve tabled motions on climate at Reigate & Banstead Council and Surrey County Councils. We support grassroots campaigns and the school strikers. And we have also been working with industry, academia and others to set up a Surrey Climate Commission.

This month there are three exciting events – please come if you can.

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Green Wins across Surrey – breakthroughs onto five Councils

Five of the six Green Councillors: L-R Steve McKenna, Sue Sinden, Hal Brown, Ruth Ritter and Jonathan Essex

Green Council seats across Surrey soared from three to 14 in local elections held on 2 May.

Greens broke through onto five Councils: Waverley; Guildford; Surrey Heath; Runnymede and Spelthorne.

In Reigate and Banstead – where all out elections were held because of boundary changes – Greens took over two seats. Redhill East and Earlswood and Whitebushes now have six Green councillors, who all won with big majorities.

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Local elections 2019: What are we standing for?

Elect Greens to fight for:

  • Action on climate change – and better transport, recycling and protection of our countryside
  • Investment in affordable homes and community facilities
  • A fairer society – we will stand up for disadvantaged residents
  • Stronger opposition on the Conservative-dominated Council

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Print your Vote Green poster here

Could you display a poster in your window to show your neighbours and passers-by that you are voting Green?

You can download an A4 poster to print at home using the links below.

 

If you have a big window, or are in a prominent location, and would like a poster, please get in touch and we will bring you one if we can.

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Introducing our local election candidates in Tandridge

On 2 May 2019, there will be local elections in Tandridge.

We have 3 candidates standing this year.  If there is a Green standing in your ward – please display a Vote Green poster in your window.

And don’t forget to vote for them on 2nd May!

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Introducing our local election candidates in Reigate & Banstead

On 2 May 2019, the whole of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is up for re-election, following ward boundary changes.

We have 18 candidates standing in 12 wards.  Your poll card will tell you which ward you are in and where your polling station is.

If you’ve got a Green standing where you live, please put a poster in your window to show your support.

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Green Cllr Jonathan Essex calls for earthquake inquiry to be reopened

Green Councillor Jonathan Essex presented evidence about the Surrey earthquakes to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Impact of Shale Gas – a group of MPs with an interest in in shale gas exploration and extraction in the UK and abroad – yesterday.

There have been 28 quakes in Surrey since 1 April 2018, in an area where none had been previously recorded. The epicentre is on a fault only three kilometres from the active drill site at Horse Hill.

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Gatwick Airport’s climate claims are hugely misleading

Cllr Jonathan Essex and Surrey Green Party submitted a response to Gatwick  Airport’s Master Plan consultation, which closed yesterday.

The Master Plan which includes a proposal to convert Gatwick’s Emergency Runway into a fully active second runway, with a possible 80,000 additional flights a year – and to safeguard land for a brand new runway to the south of the airport.

The plans are based on three highly misleading claims:

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Have your say on proposed council cuts

How do you think Surrey County Council should invest its money?

Surrey is consulting on proposed changes to some of its vital services:

  • Children’s Centres
  • Concessionary bus travel
  • Libraries and cultural services
  • Special educational needs and disability
  • Community recycling centres

If you have views on these, please share them with the Council by 4 January 2019.

You can find the consultation documents here: surreycc.gov.uk/consultations

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