During a visit to Belper on Monday, November 17th, Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, visited Belper School to talk to Sixth Form students. Ms Bennett began by outlining some of the Green Party policies that she thought would be of particular interest to the students, including their policy on student fees (which would be free) and student loans (which would be ‘written off’)
As the meeting moved into a ‘Questions & Answers’ session, it was clear that the students were interested in all Green Party policies, and wanted to really get to know where the Green Party stood on a range of issues. As Natalie said ‘You young people are the voters and leaders of the future, I want to know what you think and how you feel about the world we are living in.
The students were so enthusiastic that the meeting ran over time, with students staying after their school day ended to talk to Ms Bennett. Matthew Genn of the ‘Young Greens’ was also at the meeting, and talked afterwards to students who were interested in finding our more about the Green Party and how young people can get involved. Membership of the ‘Young Greens’ has increased by over 100% in 2014, indicating that young people are feeling that the time is right to re-engage with politics.
Part of Natalie’s whistlestop tour today has included a quick interview on BBC Radio Derby. She did well 🙂
Unbelievable! Time ran out in the Q&A session and still students’ hands were up for questions. Still, just time for the quick group shot with Natalie!
The Q&A session is running over as students and even teachers continue to ask questions. Currently Natalie is asking one about the Green Party stance on Europe.
The Mid Derbyshire Green Party clearly mean business! Their October newsletter has been delivered to every house in the town’s North Ward!! Bring on the elections!
So what makes The Greens different?
- Every citizen will receive the ‘Citizen’s Income’ – no matter what!
- The NHS will be protected;
- The railways will be returned to public hands;
- Student tuition fees will be abolished and so will student loans;
- Most importantly, we will do what is needed to ensure our kids have a planet to inherit!
Join us and make a difference!! We meet every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at The Bulls Head, Belper Lane End, DE56 2DL
At a recent meeting of Mid Derbyshire Green Party, Sue MacFarlane was voted as lead candidate for Belper North Ward in next year’s Amber Valley Borough Council elections.
At the same meeting, John Devine was voted as lead candidate for Belper North for the Belper Town Council elections.
Mid Derbyshire Green Party will be fielding candidates in all four Belper wards next year, and Derbyshire Green Party is currently in the process of selecting candidates for the General Election. Given the record Green Party membership levels, recent defections of Lib Dem councillors to Greens, and the Greens showing ahead of the Liberal Democrats in recent polls, Mid Derbyshire Greens feel that the time is right to field candidates in local and national elections in 2015.
Natalie Bennett, leader of The Green Party of England and Wales is visiting Belper on 17th November to meet the candidates, visit the greenfield sites that are still within Amber Valley’s proposed Core Plan, and to attend a public meeting where she will talk about Green Party policies and progress ahead of next year’s elections.