Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Greens campaign in St Albans

From the St Albans and Harpenden Review
http://www.stalbansreview.co.uk/news/4059101.Greens_campaign_in_St_Albans/


Green candidate Rupert Read visited St Albans today to boost his chances of election to the European Parliament on June 4.

The 42-year-old university philosophy lecturer told the Review: "I have a realistic chance of getting elected - because the election uses proportional representation, I need only about one vote in ten across the East of England region.

"The neighbouring regions - London and the South-East - have had Green MEPs for quite a few years.

"Those MPs have helped local communities, for example by campaigning against unpopular supermarkets.

"And they have pushed through some really good legislation, such as the recent pesticide ban, opposed by most other parties, which will make our food and environment safer.

"The Government and the council should be responding to the economic slump by promoting 'green jobs' - jobs in small businesses, public transport and sustainable agriculture.

"The council should make sure these empty shops are rented out to locally based small businesses - that would provide desperately needed jobs, stimulating the economy without harming the environment."

Mr Read, who lives in Norwhich and sits on Norwich City Council, has taken a year off from the University of East Anglia to concentrate on the campaign.

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From the St Albans and Harpenden Review
http://www.stalbansreview.co.uk/news/4059101.Greens_campaign_in_St_Albans/


Green candidate Rupert Read visited St Albans today to boost his chances of election to the European Parliament on June 4.

The 42-year-old university philosophy lecturer told the Review: "I have a realistic chance of getting elected - because the election uses proportional representation, I need only about one vote in ten across the East of England region.

"The neighbouring regions - London and the South-East - have had Green MEPs for quite a few years.

"Those MPs have helped local communities, for example by campaigning against unpopular supermarkets.

"And they have pushed through some really good legislation, such as the recent pesticide ban, opposed by most other parties, which will make our food and environment safer.

"The Government and the council should be responding to the economic slump by promoting 'green jobs' - jobs in small businesses, public transport and sustainable agriculture.

"The council should make sure these empty shops are rented out to locally based small businesses - that would provide desperately needed jobs, stimulating the economy without harming the environment."

Mr Read, who lives in Norwhich and sits on Norwich City Council, has taken a year off from the University of East Anglia to concentrate on the campaign.

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