Monday, 2 March 2009

3 Months til E-Day! [Media release]

 

Three months ahead of the European Elections, the Green Party is stepping up its campaign to gain its first MEP in Eastern Region and is extending its "listening tour" to more towns.

 

In recent weeks, the Green's Lead candidate Cllr. Rupert Read and other list candidates have joined local Greens to meet residents in Southend, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Danbury, Woodbridge, Ipswich and St. Albans as well as several market towns and villages in Norfolk. On 4th March itself, Cllr. Read will be in Ipswich again, and available to talk with journalists. On 5th March the tour continues onto Cambridge, and then Kings Lynn (6 March). Next week, he will visit Attleborough and Hadleigh, among other places.

 

As well as campaigning on key Green issues such as opposing airport expansion, the Greens are making the local economy a priority. The tour has included promoting farmers markets, supporting Fair Trade events and local affordable housing.

 

Cllr. Read said:

 

"We are extending the listening tour which is proving to be a great success, meeting people in many communities, and hearing first hand of their concerns, particularly about the economy.

 

"The next three months are set to be an exciting time. We will be visiting many more communities across the region, to listen to local people and also show them how a Green MEP would make a difference. 

 

"The two UK Green MEPs already elected have shown their commitment and drive in both representing local communities in their areas, but also campaigning on major issues at EU level.

 

"Some politicians from other parties have unfortunately treated the job of MEP less seriously, and some have got into trouble for alleged abuses of the system. We intend to run a clean and honest campaign and I pledge to carry that through to the job of being an MEP if I am elected on June 4th."   


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                                                               Notes:

 

1. It is exactly three months to go before the next major round of elections in the UK on Thursday June 4th at which voters will have the opportunity to elect their MEPs for the next 5 years and County Councillors (where these elections are held).

 

This will be a major electoral test for all parties, but polls show that, increasingly, voters are becoming fed up with the "main" parties and are looking for an alternative.

 

The Green Party has consistently secured its highest nationwide vote share at the European Elections, with more than a million people voting Green in 2004. Every voter in Eastern Region and the UK will have Green candidates to vote for. 

 

The Green Party in Eastern Region is working hard to secure its first MEP, to join the 2 Green MEPs who have held seats in London and South East regions since 1999, when the proportional voting system was first introduced.

 

At the time of the 1999 elections, there were just 2 Green Party Principal Authority Councillors in Eastern Region. There are now 28, with the Green Group on Norwich City Council becoming the official opposition in 2008. There are also now Green Councillors in every county in the region. Since 1999, membership of the Green Party in the region has also risen.

 

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Three months ahead of the European Elections, the Green Party is stepping up its campaign to gain its first MEP in Eastern Region and is extending its "listening tour" to more towns.

 

In recent weeks, the Green's Lead candidate Cllr. Rupert Read and other list candidates have joined local Greens to meet residents in Southend, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Danbury, Woodbridge, Ipswich and St. Albans as well as several market towns and villages in Norfolk. On 4th March itself, Cllr. Read will be in Ipswich again, and available to talk with journalists. On 5th March the tour continues onto Cambridge, and then Kings Lynn (6 March). Next week, he will visit Attleborough and Hadleigh, among other places.

 

As well as campaigning on key Green issues such as opposing airport expansion, the Greens are making the local economy a priority. The tour has included promoting farmers markets, supporting Fair Trade events and local affordable housing.

 

Cllr. Read said:

 

"We are extending the listening tour which is proving to be a great success, meeting people in many communities, and hearing first hand of their concerns, particularly about the economy.

 

"The next three months are set to be an exciting time. We will be visiting many more communities across the region, to listen to local people and also show them how a Green MEP would make a difference. 

 

"The two UK Green MEPs already elected have shown their commitment and drive in both representing local communities in their areas, but also campaigning on major issues at EU level.

 

"Some politicians from other parties have unfortunately treated the job of MEP less seriously, and some have got into trouble for alleged abuses of the system. We intend to run a clean and honest campaign and I pledge to carry that through to the job of being an MEP if I am elected on June 4th."   


ENDS
 

                                                               Notes:

 

1. It is exactly three months to go before the next major round of elections in the UK on Thursday June 4th at which voters will have the opportunity to elect their MEPs for the next 5 years and County Councillors (where these elections are held).

 

This will be a major electoral test for all parties, but polls show that, increasingly, voters are becoming fed up with the "main" parties and are looking for an alternative.

 

The Green Party has consistently secured its highest nationwide vote share at the European Elections, with more than a million people voting Green in 2004. Every voter in Eastern Region and the UK will have Green candidates to vote for. 

 

The Green Party in Eastern Region is working hard to secure its first MEP, to join the 2 Green MEPs who have held seats in London and South East regions since 1999, when the proportional voting system was first introduced.

 

At the time of the 1999 elections, there were just 2 Green Party Principal Authority Councillors in Eastern Region. There are now 28, with the Green Group on Norwich City Council becoming the official opposition in 2008. There are also now Green Councillors in every county in the region. Since 1999, membership of the Green Party in the region has also risen.

 

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