0700 Thursday July 16th: Junction of Plumstead Road and Knox Road, Norwich: Peter, Rupert and supporters will be outside Norwich Prison to demonstrate opposition to moves to privatise prisons. The Prison Service has embarked on market testing exercises aimed at placing more prisons under the control of private companies and imposing new working conditions on staff. Norwich Prison is not expected to be included in the current round but it is feared by opponents of the scheme that its turn may not be far behind. The Greens will demonstrate their opposition to privatisation and their support for staff as they arrive for work. Rupert Read is already concerned about reports that the contracting out of prison education services and the regular re-tendering for them has weakened and disrupted an already poorly resourced service. Re-offending rates are higher among prisoners who do not complete an education course.
1000 Thursday July 16th: The Forum, Norwich: Peter will meet members of the LGBT community preparing for Norwich Pride, the city's first ever weekend of gay themed talks, music and film events, which begins on July 25th just after the election. It aims to make Norwich a city where everyone feels safe, without bullying. Community film-maker Michelle Savage will be filming Peter as part of the event, and will show him work in progress on a presentation to be shown on the Forum's giant screen.
1230 Thursday July 16th: Green Campaign Shop, 68 St Augustine's Street, Norwich: Peter will launch the latest Green Party posters for the final phase of the campaign. Later he will join Rupert Read canvassing among shoppers in Magdalen Street.
The posters set out major campaign themes:
*Make them listen - about accountability and Green proposals for reform of Parliament.
*Protect public services - no to privatisation and protecting public services locally
*Green jobs now - green job creation in public transport, local agriculture and renewable energy
*Protect the countryside - opposition to large scale development in Norfolk countryside.