Many, many, thanks…

….to all our donors, supporters, workers, fundraisers, counters, officers and candidates all across Derbyshire in December 2019. We:


*   fielded a record number of candidates
*   raised a record amount of funding and
*   gained a massive amount of experience for future elections!

And nationally, even with the “tactical voting” campaign hitting us pretty hard, we still managed to increase our total vote from 2017, which of course puts money in the Party’s pockets for future campaigns.


Next up will be the Derby City Council elections in the Spring of 2020, so get in touch with the campaign teams and give them all the support you can! Last year we won seats in the Derbyshire Dales, High Peak and Amber Valley. Let’s get some Green into Derby City Council 🙂

 

 

 

General Election Candidates 2019

General Election 2019. Green Party candidates will be standing in:

* Amber Valley – Lian Pizzey
* Bolsover – Dave Kesteven
* Chesterfield – Neil Jackson
* Derbyshire Dales – Matt Buckler
* Derby North – Helen Hitchcock
* South Derbyshire – Amanda Baker
* High Peak – Robert Hodgetts-Haley
* North East Derbyshire – Frank Adlington-Stringer
* Mid-Derbyshire – Sue McFarlane

HUGE thank you to everyone who has helped fund our efforts so far!

A Green vote is never a wasted vote! Even if we lose, every Green vote helps fund the party. Every Green vote helps further the campaign for electoral reform. Every Green vote is a vote to prevent climate change!

Election Fundraiser! Please Donate!

The third general election in four years has left us struggling to fund candidate deposits for all Derbyshire constituencies. We will be standing in some places, but not everywhere unless we can raise more funds! If you are a UK voter and want a Green Party candidate to vote for in your constituency, please donate using the donate window on the right, or contact the Derbyshire Green Party Treasurer on johngreengreenparty.gmail.com Many thanks.

Derby Peace Week 2019

Not a Green Party event, although several members are involved so an unashamed plug for DERBY PEACE WEEK!

It is less than one week to the start of Derby Peace Week. There are over one dozen events planned and at least eighteen groups involved.

Peace Week starts with the Palestine ride/buffet/talk on Sat 21 Sept followed by the Peace Concert at St Peter’s Centre.

https://www.derbylive.co.uk/about-derby-live/news/the-derby-peace-concert-returns-this-september/

Peace Week is delighted to welcome Dr Schneider from the Remarque Peace Centre in Osnabruck. He will doing a Q&A after the showing of All Quiet on the Western Front on Mon 23 Sept at 6.30pm at QUAD. (Tickets from QUAD)

He will also be speaking at the workshop on Promoting Peace the Osnabruck experience at QUAD on Tues 24 Sept at 1pm. Free entry but please register (see link below)

https://www.derbyquad.co.uk/whats-on/events/promoting-peace-osnabruck-experience

Greens In Derby City

The Greens in Derby City will be meeting at 19:30 on 11th September in the parlour of The Brunswick Inn, 1 Railway Terrace, Derby DE1 2RU with a full and fun packed agenda which can be viewed here! Get along if you can! Elections pending and exciting times!! The venue is five minutes walk from Derby Railway Station and is (fairly) well served by buses too. The food is good and the beer is too 🙂

Derbyshire Council Elections 2019

Derbyshire Green Party have the following candidates standing in the council elections of May 2nd 2019.

Chesterfield Borough Council:
Walton – Dave Wadsworth

Derby City Council:
Spondon – Vic Wood

Derbyshire Dales District Council:
Ashbourne South – John Hill
Calver – Rob Scott
Darley Dale – Emma Hickling
Hartington and Taddington – John Youatt
Masson – John Green
Stanton – Matt Buckler
Tideswell – Neil Buttle

North East Derbyshire District Council:
Clay Cross South – Yvonne Rowse
Dronfield South – Neil Jackson
Eckington and South Renishaw – Dave Kesteven
Wingerworth – Frank Adlington-Stringer

High Peak and Amber Valley Green Party groups maintain their own web sites, details can be found here:

Amber Valley Green Party https://ambervalley.greenparty.org.uk/
High Peak Green Party https://www.highpeakgreenparty.org.uk

Ian Sleeman, Alvaston Candidate 2018

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Ian Sleeman

My name is Ian Sleeman and I am the Green Party candidate for Alvaston Ward. I was brought up in Devon but have since made Derby City my home. I work at in the Aerospace Division of Rolls-Royce managing a team of Design Engineers. I am a strong believer in listening and collaborating to get the best results.  Sustainability is my key overarching aim in politics; sustainability in terms of our environment, our economy and our society.

Alice Joy, Abbey Candidate 2018

I was born in New York and moved to the UK in the early 70s, becoming a naturalised citizen in 2012.  My parents were dedicated conservationists and ecologists, so I grew up respecting the planet and all that it contains and supports.  My career centred on healthcare and care quality improvement.  I retired from paid employment in 2015 and now work on a voluntary basis for several organisations that promote the voice of the lay person, patient and carer.  My beliefs are based on respect: respect for other people, their values and needs and respect for the wonder and complexity of nature, without which we cannot exist.

James Lanser, Darley Candidate 2018

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I’m standing to be your Green candidate for Darley Ward because I believe everyone has the right to affordable housing, clean streets and to be listened to. I’ve spent the last three years studying for a Politics degree at Hull University, which included an internship working for an MP at Westminster, and I aim to use my experience and expertise to bring bold and fresh ideas to Derby City Council.

Derby Council Election Candidates 2018

Hello Green People of Derby and beyond!

We’re pleased to inform you of the candidates standing for the Green Party in Derby City on May 3rd. We’ll hopefully have additional information on the candidates in the next couple of days, but until then we’re contesting 7 wards as follows –

Abbey – Alice Joy

Allestree – Dan Holme

Alvaston – Ian Sleeman

Chellaston – John Hill

Darley – James Lanser

Mackworth – Naomi Wilds

Spondon – Vic Wood

More info coming soon, any inquiries to DGP Coordinator Dave Wadsworth – d_wadsworth@hotmail.co.uk

Record number of Green candidates for 2016 Derby City Council election

Marten KatsFor the 2016 Derby City Council election, The Green Party will have a record number of candidates. There will be 8 candidates across the city, a big improvement from the 3 in 2015 when we stood in Darley, Mackworth and Boulton. We will again stand in these wards, but we will now also stand in Arboretum, Derwent, Abbey, Sinfin and Normanton. Campaigning has already started in Darley in January and we have good hopes to get our first Councillor elected to Derby City Council!

One Green Councillor can make a big difference in Derby. We can scrutinise the actions of the Council and ask critical questions. We do realise that Derby City Council is in a difficult position with the government cuts being unfairly harsh on Derby. However, we do believe that the current Labour administration is not getting their priorities right. They have refused to look into alternative ways to keep Moorways swimming pool and the Citizens Advice Bureau open. Both will now close, even though there are other ways to save money. Derby can cut the number of Councillors and their allowances, work with outside partners to finance them or look into other ways to raise funds, many councils in the Midlands have raised funds in inventive ways. Nottingham has for example set up their own energy company which raises important funds for the city. In Stoke-on-Trent council buildings have been sold for ÂŁ 1 under the condition that the new owner would turn them into housing (with loans available if needed) and not sell them on within 10 years. This has revitalised the city centre there. The Green Party in Derby has previously advocated looking into the possibility of apply this policy to Derby.

In Derby City Council, both Labour and the Conservatives play a lot of party politics, targeting each other. We would not play party politics. We would support the current administration where we agree with them, we would support the cross-party “fair deal for Derby” campaign, which is also supported by Labour, the Liberal Democrats and UKIP. We would work with any party when there are issues that we agree on, but we will keep our own profile and challenge the council when needed.

We believe we can get our first Councillor, however we can’t do it without help. If you are able to, please donate to our campaign via http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/electing-a-green-councilor-for-derby. If you are able to help with delivering leaflets or canvassing, please contact Marten Kats, candidate for Darley ward and chair of the Derbyshire Green Party on marten.kats@greenparty.org.uk. If you live in any of the wards where we will have a candidate, please consider putting up a “Vote Green Party” poster or sign. To get these (for free), please send an email to Marten.

Marten Kats
Chair Derby City Greens

Our future in Europe – Natalie Bennett in Derby

natalieNatalie Bennett has been in Derby to speak on our future in Europe. The event took place on Thursday, 11th February 2016, from 7pm at the University of Derby. Before this meeting started, she has taken part in various activities. This included an interview with BBC Radio Derby, an interview with student radio and canvassing in Darley ward for the 2016 Derby City Council election. The main event started with a talk of approximately 30 minutes from Natalie Bennett, followed by a short speech from Marten Kats and then a question & answer session.

Natalie Bennett talked about the position of The Green Party on the European Union. The Green Party recognises there is a lot wrong with the European Union. The democracy of the European Union will need to be improved. The non-elected European Commission has too much power and the elected MEPs don’t have enough power. The European Union is too focussed on big businesses and not on small/medium businesses, local communities and ordinary people. TTIP is a danger to our democracy as it could open up the possibility of companies suing governments for loss of profit.

So why does The Green Party advocate a vote to remain in the EU? Even though we do another europerecognise there is a lot wrong with the European Union, it also brings many advantages. Many problems can only be tackled by cross-border co-operation. Examples are climate change, water and air pollution. Also workers’ rights need to be controlled at a European level as otherwise various countries can undercut others over the backs of workers. Harmonisation of various regulations makes it easier for small and medium businesses to sell their products in other parts of the European Union and European Economic Area. At least 3 million jobs in the UK depend on Britain’s membership of the EU. Finally, The Green Party celebrates the free movement of people. There has been a lot of negative publicity about the free movement, mainly by our right wing media. However, free movement has enriched our culture. There are roughly as many UK citizens in other EU countries as there are EU nationals in the UK. EU nationals don’t come here to claim benefits, instead they contribute greatly to our economy. It is important to make this clear in our EU referendum campaign.

We need to address the faults of the EU, but we don’t do that by walking away. Just like there is a lot wrong with Westminster, with the undemocratic voting system being the worst. That doesn’t mean that we have to give up on democracy, we need to fight to change it. It works the same in the European Union. We need to stay in it and fight for a different Europe from the inside. Europe is changing, politics is changing, a different Europe is possible as long as we don’t give up on it.

Marten Kats

More information

Green politicians reinforce party’s commitment to campaigning for the UK’s continued EU membership

Another Europe is possible

Why the left should fight to stay in Europe

 

 

Derby People's Assembly week of action 8th to 13th February

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There are a great many activities taking place this week among them a meeting about Europe with Natalie Bennett hosted by Derby Greens- 7.00,pm at Derby University. Come along!

 

Date and Time Place Description Organised by
Monday
8 February:7.30 to 9 am
Derby Railway station  Leafleting: Why we love the  Unions  Derby Trades Council.
Wednesday
10 February:8:00 amonward
Outside all hospitals, especially Derby Royal  Support  Junior Doctors pickets  BMA and supported by Peoples Assembly
Wednesday
10 February: 11.30 -2:00 pm
St Peter Street, probably at the Spot  Street protest is support of Junior Doctors  BMA and supported by Peoples Assembly
Thursday
11  February:7:00 pm
Derby University  Talk on Europe, by Natalie Bennett  the leader of the Green Party  Derby Green Party
Thursday 11
February:7:30 pm
St Paul’s Church Hall, Seale Street, DE1 3RT Chester Green  Public Meeting FLOODS, CLIMATE CHANGE & THE CUTS at Chester Green  Derby Climate Coalition and 38 Degrees Speaker: Climatologist Ed Sears
Friday 12
February: 12 noon to 2:00 pm
The RAM, East Street.  Leafleting: Why we love the  Unions  Derby Trades Council
Saturday 13
February:11:00 to 1:00 pm
Sport Direct, St Peters Street (next to Tesco)  A fun-packed action against Sports Direct in Derby. part of a day of national protests.  Derby Unite Community branch and Peoples Assembly

Derby People’s Assembly week of action 8th to 13th February

derby

There are a great many activities taking place this week among them a meeting about Europe with Natalie Bennett hosted by Derby Greens- 7.00,pm at Derby University. Come along!

 

Date and Time Place Description Organised by
Monday
8 February:7.30 to 9 am
Derby Railway station  Leafleting: Why we love the  Unions  Derby Trades Council.
Wednesday
10 February:8:00 amonward
Outside all hospitals, especially Derby Royal  Support  Junior Doctors pickets  BMA and supported by Peoples Assembly
Wednesday
10 February: 11.30 -2:00 pm
St Peter Street, probably at the Spot  Street protest is support of Junior Doctors  BMA and supported by Peoples Assembly
Thursday
11  February:7:00 pm
Derby University  Talk on Europe, by Natalie Bennett  the leader of the Green Party  Derby Green Party
Thursday 11
February:7:30 pm
St Paul’s Church Hall, Seale Street, DE1 3RT Chester Green  Public Meeting FLOODS, CLIMATE CHANGE & THE CUTS at Chester Green  Derby Climate Coalition and 38 Degrees Speaker: Climatologist Ed Sears
Friday 12
February: 12 noon to 2:00 pm
The RAM, East Street.  Leafleting: Why we love the  Unions  Derby Trades Council
Saturday 13
February:11:00 to 1:00 pm
Sport Direct, St Peters Street (next to Tesco)  A fun-packed action against Sports Direct in Derby. part of a day of national protests.  Derby Unite Community branch and Peoples Assembly

Calling all Young Greens in Derbyshire

Its 2016, a new year has begun. Derbyshire Green Party is seeking to invite all the Young Greens within Derbyshire to a meeting

Young Greens

Venue: The Brunswick Inn, 1 Railway Terrace, Derby, DE1 2RU

Date:     Saturday 23rd January

Time:   1pm – 5pm

The meeting has been organized jointly by me, Matt Genn, Acting Derby Young Greens Co-ordinator and Marten Kats, Derby City Greens Co-ordinator.

We look forward to meeting you in order to decided how we should be organised and what we would like to campaign on in 2016.

Like out Facebook page – Derbyshire Young Greens Facebook group: Derbyshire Young Greens

Climate Change Summit – Paris 2015

Paris 2015: A Place for Hope

On 5th November, Donald and I were among more than 100 people, who cop21 gathered at Derby Cathedral for a public meeting on climate change,  designed to give people the opportunity to hear about and discuss the issues to be debated at the Paris 2015 Climate Change Summit.

John Selwyn Gummer – now Lord Deben –  addressed the meeting. He chairs the Independent Committee on Climate Change and will represent the UK at the Paris 2015 conference. He began by outlining the three arguments he uses to counter climate change deniers:

  • Risk – the choice between acting on climate change and not acting. If the promoters of climate change are wrong and we act, nothing will have been lost – the atmosphere will be healthier. If the climate deniers are wrong and we do nothing, we shall face catastrophe.
  • Care – he said that as a result of centuries of astronomical exploration planet earth is the only planet to support life as we know it. That does not rule out the possibility of discovering life on another planet; it does mean that for the time being, planet earth is rare and therefore needs to be cared for and treated with respect.
  • Act Responsibly – in other areas of life we do not choose to act stupidly and therefore it is wrong to go on acting stupidly by increasing CO2 emissions. The link between climate change and CO2 emissions was as true as the link between smoking and cancer. We must therefore keep our CO2 emissions down to avoid crossing the critical 2 degree rise in temperature threshold to prevent disaster happening.

Lord Deben went on to describe how we get to that target. He emphasised that the Climate Change Act 2008 was achieved by an All-party consensus in the UK and that was key to its success. He was very optimistic and positive when he talked about his hopes for Paris 2015. He pointed out that in Australia and Canada political changes had meant that both countries were now committed to taking climate change seriously. He remarked on the co-operation that now existed between China and the USA. He pointed out that there is now a scientific basis for the reality of climate change and that all the nations responsible for 85% of carbon emissions now all have climate change legislation.

Lord Deben concluded his talk by stating two key things that he saw as essential to progress being made in Paris.

  1. The need to recognise that Paris will not achieve an answer that is perfect – it may get the best answer that can be had for the time being but it will need to be improved on and modified over time.
  2. The importance of achieving a binding agreement in Paris – something to hold people and nations to, rather as the British Climate Change Act obliged the Government to take carbon emissions into account in any budgetary proposals that were put to parliament.

Apart from this, he said little about his views on the compatibility of economic growth and corporate deregulation with the need to cut net global carbon emissions to zero by mid century or whether corporate lobbying is delaying action to slow down climate change.

He spoke of the stand made by the Pope making a significant difference to worldwide awareness of climate change, not least in the USA, because it made it impossible to ignore the reality of climate change. He stressed that the encyclical also made it clear that you cannot deal with climate change in isolation from other issues such as world poverty and justice for the poor.

Q & A session:

Investment in Renewable Energy

  • Q If Britain, as he stated, is a leader in combating climate change, why have we not put more investment into renewals?
  • A It seems that renewables have been too successful.  For example,  off-shore wind farms were giving a return of 40% not the 29% forecast and this created a problem for the chancellor who presumably then decided they didn’t need investment!

Fracking

  • Q Fracking is raping the earth so why are the government legitimising it?
  • A He appeared to imply that Fracking is a separate issue. He believes science and the evidence of science is that it is safe.
    By the mutterings from the audience, I think many people thought he must be looking at different evidence! He talked about the need to ensure that we had our “own” supplies of gas because of the dangers of being dependent upon Putin. He didn’t respond to the heckler who said that fracked gas is a fossil fuel, the implication being that we have to keep all fossil fuels in the ground.

The time for questions was limited as Lord Deben had to catch a train. There wasn’t time to go into the issue of other green-house gases, including methane, with agriculture, notably animal husbandry being currently a major emitter, coupled with the conversion of natural grassland and forest to cultivation of animal fodder or ask whether he still enjoys beef burgers!

Donald and Jean Macdonald
Derbyshire Green Party

This public meeting was organised jointly by the Derby Diocesan Environmental Group and Derby Cathedral Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee (JPICC) of which Donald is Chair.

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