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Greens Euro campaign kicks off in High Peak

imageDerbyshire Green Party members from the High Peak area were out leafleting in Glossop, New Mills and Buxton on Saturday.  

Shoppers were given leaflets in support of Kat Boettge’s campaign to be elected to the European Parliament in May.  With elections to the European Parliament being held under a fair voting system of proportional representation local Greens are hopeful that Kat will become the first ever Green MEP for the East Midlands Region.

Local organiser Peter Allen said:  “The debate about Europe has so far been dominated by UKIP, a party which is attracting support in a climate of general hostility to the establishment political parties and politicians, by pushing a message of fear – fear of immigrants in particular.  Their argument is that the UK has to shut its doors to foreigners and foreign influence, and that its future lies in ‘ going it alone’.  In doing so, it deliberately fails to recognise the positive impact that immigration has had on our history and culture.  It also fails to identify the main reason for the cause of the broken economy and divided society which many of us experience in our daily lives.  They have no answer to the gross irresponsibility and naked greed of the tiny minority of rich individuals and large corporations, who own most of the wealth and have most of the power in the UK and across Europe”

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In contrast to the UKIP message of fear, and to the failed and discredited policies of the “grey parties” (Conservative, Lib Dem and Labour), the Green Party offers a message of hope for the future, campaigning for a reformed European Community, a greener and more sustainable economy and a fairer, more equal society.

If you can help the campaign in any way please get in touch with Peter Allen – peterd.allen@btinternet.com 

Polling day for the European Election will be on 22nd May.

Government taking powers to close hospitals

kat-gp-1Kat Boettge writes Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is planning to give himself the power to close A&E Departments without full consultation.  Earlier this year his attempt to close the A&E Department at Lewisham Hospital was ruled to be illegal.  In response, he has added a clause to the Care Bill that is already before Parliament to give him the power to close hospital departments or to order the withdrawal of services. 

Hunt has lost twice over Lewisham.  After his initial attempt to close the A&E Department was ruled to be illegal he appealed, and again he lost.  So now he is resorting to changing the law to suit himself.  Not, it should be noted, in an open way, but by sneaking in a clause at the last minute to the Care Bill, that has nothing to do with the reorganisation or privatisation of the NHS but is, strangely enough, about the provision of Care.  It would seem that Hunt thinks a good way to deliver Care to vulnerable people is to take powers to close hospitals.

If this clause is passed by Parliament then the Government will have the power to close any NHS service or even a hospital without proper consultation.  The Government is claiming that they need these powers to streamline the NHS.  I do not believe this.  I say that the real motive is to accelerate privatisation by withdrawing essential services so as to force people to turn to the private sector.

Following the Government’s defeat over the Lewisham hospital, Caroline Lucas tabled an Early Day Motion in the Commons to draw attention to the Hunt amendment to the Care Bill that aims to give a Government appointed administrator the powers to close NHS services.  If the Coalition Government gets these powers, then they will be able to close hospitals simply to save costs and so hit their financial targets.  No consideration will be given to local needs or to the advice of Doctors.

So much for the ConDem’s claims to be listening to the local community.  Their much trumpeted support of localism is as much a sham as their claims to be the ‘Greenest Government ever’.    But also it is shocking that only 37 MP’s have signed Caroline Lucas’s EDM.  It seems that they, like most of the public, are unaware of Jeremy Hunt’s hospital closure plan. 

The counCarolineLucasandGreensatSaveNHSdemo2.11.2013webtry desperately needs more Green MP’s and MEP’s to work for the common good of all, and not for the vested interests that influence most of our current MP’s.  We, the people, must act now to stop this reckless amendment or wake up to find our local NHS services being closed down.

 What can you do?

  • Write a letter to your local paper using the information above. 

From Kat Boettge                                                                                                Green Spokesperson for Social Care