Green Party House of Lords candidate selection
The Green Party is currently selecting who to nominate from within our ranks for House of Lords. Unlike other Parties, we do this democratically.
Greens! Here's a few reasons why you might want to vote RUPERT READ (that's me! ;-) for the House of Lords selection:
- An elected Councillor living in my own mostly working-class ward.
- One of the top Green bloggers: The only Green in the Top 10 ‘Total Politics’ Councillor blogs: www.rupertsread.blogspot.com .
- A key player in the team that has seen Norwich Greens reach such heights of success over the last decade.
- Green Party’s candidate in 2009 Norwich North byelection. We achieved the highest-ever Green byelection result.
- Green Party’s candidate in 2009 Euro-elections: we in Eastern-Region achieved the highest vote-increase anywhere in the country outside SE, and came within 1% of getting me elected.
- Hugely-experienced media performer; many times on national TV and radio.
- Effective communicator – look for instance at my supporting statement in the candidates’ booklet. I know how to reach people.
- Reader in Philosophy at University of East Anglia, where I work closely with the world’s leading environmental scientists.
- Eight published books, including the popular Philosophy for life.
Experience directly relevant to the Lords:
- Familiar with Parliamentary procedures, having submitted expert evidence to Select Committees (see e.g. http://rupertsread.blogspot.com/2010/11/how-to-protect-future-now-that.html ).
- Worked directly with the late Lord Beaumont (the previous Green peer), including succeeding in bringing his bill on reducing aviation levels onto the floor of the Commons.
- Learned much about the House of Lords while successfully ‘prosecuting’ Hugo Charlton (in a Green Party tribunal) for his attempt to bypass Party procedures and seize a peerage for himself, the last time the Party was offered one…
As a Green Lord, I would prioritise:
- Working closely with our MP, Caroline Lucas, as I have already for some years, looking to exploit opportunities to achieve legislative change (and pro-Green publicity) in the interests of the country and the Party.
- Transport: I was ultimately responsible (as the Greens’ voting rep. on the ‘Joint Highways Committee’) for the introduction of 20mph speed-limits in significant areas of Norwich, and would work hard to push genuinely sustainable transport policy in the upper house.
- Constitutional reform: I would actively campaign for the abolition of the Lords, and for a reformed upper house to have a direct responsibility for the well-being of future generations.
- I would be a full-time working peer.