Green councillor, Eleanor Combley, is calling on colleagues from all parties to give up their free parking spaces at next week's budget meeting, saying the money saved could be used to support some of the city's most vulnerable instead.
She has put forward an amendment to the council budget to stop the issuing of free parking permits to councillors, ex-councillors and senior staff, saying this would allow the spaces to be used for paying customers, raising much needed income for the city. The amendment proposes that this income is put towards the Supporting People budget which funds preventative services that support vulnerable people to live independently.
Councillor Combley said:
"First and foremost this is about fairness and about us following our own rules. The council's constitution is very clear that the allowance we are given is also to cover travel costs within the city. Any councillor getting the bus or the train pays for their own ticket, so why are we using taxpayers money to subsidise councillors who choose to drive by paying for their parking?"
"I suggest spending the income on Supporting People services instead because these services are highly valued by the people who use them, including people with mental health issues, learning difficulties or sensory impairment and people living with HIV. Cutting this support may also prove to be a false economy as without help to remain independent, people may well end up back on our books needing a higher level of care and support in crisis."
Local residents have expressed surprise that councillors still have subsidised workplace parking instead of showing leadership to promote public and active transport. Bristol resident Johanna Ziegler, said:
"I work in the city centre and my workplace used to have free car parking, which I always saw as a special luxury rather than as something expected. We don't have parking provided any more now and everyone still manages to get to work. I think secure cycle storage and good public transport are much more crucial."
Despite the council's dire financial situation, and despite the council passing a Green Party motion on the need to address air pollution in Bristol, Cllr Combley said it is far from certain that the motion will pass. She said:
"I know I have the full support of the other councillors in the Green group, but I don't know whether councillors from other parties will vote to support my amendment. I hope they will see that finding an excuse to cling onto this perk when we are cutting desperately needed services in this city should be unacceptable."
Councillor Eleanor Combley’s amendment can be found on p596 here: https://democracy.bristol.gov.uk/documents/g263/Public%20reports%20pack%2021st-Feb-2017%2014.00%20Full%20Council.pdf?T=10
Green Councillors raise thousands as part of Homeless Awareness Week 2017
Four Bristol Green Councillors have already raised thousands of pounds as part of Homeless Awareness Week 2017 in Bristol and hope to raise even more. The four Councillors will be sleeping rough tomorrow night in order to raise money for The Big Issue Foundation.
Listen: A Green vision for farming post-Brexit on BBC Radio 4
Bristol's MEP, Molly Scott Cato talks on BBC Radio 4's 'Farming Today' about two new reports she has commissioned on the future of farming post-Brexit.
Bristol's MEP warns against ‘watering down’ clean beach standards post-Brexit
Bristol's Green MEP for the South West, Molly Scott Cato, has said she is delighted, but not surprised, that a new survey has found seven of the ten best UK beaches are in the South West.
“We cannot vote for a budget that will abandon those most in need” say Greens
At today’s Bristol City Council ‘Full Council’ meeting, Bristol’s Green Councillors have said they cannot vote for the Mayor’s budget that will see cuts of £101 million across Bristol, in addition to recent cuts to the NHS, police and school’s budgets.
Labour whipped to vote down all budget suggestions from other political parties
Bristol Green Cllrs have been told that local Labour Councillors have been whipped to turn down all budget suggestions put forward by other political parties, despite earlier pledges from the Labour Mayor, Marvin Rees, that he would oversee a more collaborative approach to decision-making in Bristol City Council.
Mayor’s budget is “disappointing” compared to Marvin’s manifesto
Leader of the Green Councillors, Charlie Bolton, has today highlighted the “disappointing” gap in what Marvin promised to do in his manifesto and the reality of his first budget.
Opinion: Brexit and the future of farming: threat or opportunity?
With most of our food exports going to the EU, and most of our food imports coming from the EU, Molly Scott Cato MEP writes for The Ecologist asking what plans the government had for the sector after Brexit. The answer? None!
My budget day blues - Councillor Carla Denyer
Tomorrow is the annual Budget Full Council meeting in Bristol. It's probably the single most important meeting I will attend all year, and has taken up a huge amount of my time in recent weeks. A lot of people have been saying "I hope it goes well" and I’ve had to reply grimly “It’s not going to.” Nobody is going to come out of this meeting a winner except the Conservative Government and their successful imposition of the austerity agenda onto another local authority for another year.
Bristol's Green MEP launches report with radical ideas for agriculture post-Brexit
Bristol's MEP, Molly Scott Cato, who is also a member of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee, has today launched two reports on ideas for the future of farming post-Brexit.
“We can’t let Tories price Greens out of elections” Darren Hall
Darren Hall, the Green Party candidate for the West of England Metro Mayoral elections, has condemned the Conservative government’s decision to increase the deposit to stand in the elections by ten-fold – to an unprecedented £5,000.
Greens oppose Tory tax hike for poorest
At Tuesday's budget meeting at Bristol City Council, the Conservative councillors will table an amendment that, if passed, would result in a large tax hike for some of the poorest in the city. Greens will be there to oppose the Tory amendment.
On Brexit, Blair "spoke the truth" says Bristol's Green MEP
Responding to Tony Blair's Bloomberg speech on Brexit, Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, has said that he "spoke the truth" and "his words were authentic and he spoke for millions of people who are grappling with the true horrors of the Tories’ extreme form of Brexit."
Green councillor calls on colleagues to give up parking perk
Green councillor, Eleanor Combley, is calling on colleagues from all parties to give up their free parking spaces at next week's budget meeting, saying the money saved could be used to support some of the city's most vulnerable instead.
Green Councillors to sleep on the streets as number of homeless grows
Four Bristol Green Party Councillors are preparing to spend a night sleeping rough in the city they represent to raise money and awareness for the “growing number” of homeless in the city.
Bristol Greens identify additional £1.7m to save vital council services
Bristol Greens have announced proposals to save vital council services after careful analysis of the council's budget due to be voted on next week. Green councillors have identified £1.7m that officers have now agreed could be used to reduce council cuts.
MEP slams Labour's lack of opposition as controversial trade deal is passed
Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, has today slammed Labour's "weakness" in opposition as the controversial CETA trade deal is passed in the EU Parliament despite Green opposition.
Green MEP "proud" of Bristol West residents standing up to hatred and extremism
Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato has expressed shock at the steep rise in hate crimes across the South West and says it shows how the vote to leave the EU and the election of Donald Trump has ‘emboldened racists and bigots’.
Keep EU environmental protections says Bristol's Green MEP
Greens have reasserted demands for an Environmental Protection Act in the wake of a new House of Lords Select Committee report on the impact of Brexit on the environment and tackling climate change.
Opinion: Brexit Britain should beware the trade policies of Justin Trudeau
Writing in the New Statesman, Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, outlines why she will be voting against the CETA trade deal being pushed by Justin Trudeau this week.
Letter: Britain’s constitution is feeling the strain from Brexit
In a letter published in the Financial Times, Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, made the point that "rather than the Great Repeal bill we need a new Great Reform bill with three simple provisions: a written constitution, a proportional voting system and a fully democratic second chamber."
One in five people in Bristol who voted for Brexit wouldn't do it again
Responding to a poll in the Bristol Post which found One in five people in Bristol who voted for Brexit would not do it again, Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, said "If taking back control means anything it should mean that we all have a right to think again when we see what Brexit really means rather than what we were told it meant during the referendum campaign."
Report shows local government finances and democracy are at breaking point
Bristol Green Party has today responded to the publication of an independent report (1) on the financial position of Bristol City Council saying it provides “further proof” that both local government finances and democracy are at breaking point.
Letter: "Brexit threatens to increase poverty and inequality"
In a letter to The Guardian, Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, writes that "Brexit threatens to increase poverty and inequality" and that we must do more to tackle extreme inequality "whether we are inside or outside the EU".
Cllr Fi Hance, working to connect regional businesses with local food suppliers
Green Cabinet member, Cllr Fi Hance, is working to connect over 100 buyers, catering managers, cooks, producers and suppliers from across the West of England public and private sectors to discuss opportunities for healthy, sustainable and local food procurement.
Bristol's Green MEP to probe UK authorities over UK’s Overseas Territories
Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, as part of a delegation of tax avoidance investigators from the European Parliament will descend on London this Thursday and Friday to probe HMRC, the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on the role played by British Overseas Territories and other ex-colonial territories in facilitating tax dodging.
Bristol's Green MEP warns of ‘worst of all possible worlds’ CETA trade deal
Molly Scott Cato, Bristol's Green MEP has warned the UK could find itself in the ‘worst of all possible worlds’ if the UK sign up to the CETA trade deal.
‘Ratification referendum’ for Brexit is needed says Green MEP
Responding to the parliamentary vote on article 50, Bristol's Green MEP says we "need...a ‘ratification referendum’ so that the final deal agreed between the EU and the UK can be put to the people. This is something that Labour still refuses to support.”
Bristol Green Party responds to rumours of 20mph routes being scrapped
Bristol Green Party has today responded with dismay to rumours reported in the media  that Bristol’s Mayor, Marvin Rees, is planning to scrap the 20mph speed limits on some of Bristol’s most popular streets.
Letter: "Labour are hopelessly divided over Brexit and Article 50"
In a letter to the Bristol Post, Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato celebrates the "strength of grass-roots pro-European movements in Bristol and their strong and consistent opposition to the government" while also highlighting how "Labour are hopelessly divided over Brexit and Article 50".
Opinion: "renew the fight for economic justice"
Writing for Bristol's 24/7 Molly Scott Cato MEP outlined why she felt it "isn’t enough for notions of multiculturism to be an easy pick-and-mix, enjoying the benefits of the global village while ignoring its gross inequalities" but that we must "renew the fight for economic justice".
Leaving single market would have devastating impact on Bristol says MEP
Three cities in the South West top the list of cities exporting to the EU and would receive a devastating blow if the UK leaves the single market, the region’s Green MEP has warned. Exeter, Plymouth and Bristol are the top three cities in the UK when it comes to exporting to the EU.
Bristol’s Green MEP responds to ‘growing evidence’ of ethnic inequality in Bristol
Molly Scott Cato, an economist and Green MEP for Bristol, has today responded to the ‘growing evidence’ of ethnic inequality in Bristol. Her comments come after a report found that Bristol's BME community are more disadvantaged than in any other UK core city .
Bristol's MEP condemns Trump’s #MuslimBan
In a letter published in The Guardian, Bristol's Green MEP has joined other leading Green Party voices in condemning Trump's immediate ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries and all refugees entering the USA.
Bristol Green Party condemn police tasering of Ras Judah Adunbi
Bristol Green Party have condemned the tasering of Ras Judah in Easton on Saturday night.
A 'Hard Brexit' will devastate South West's small businesses
Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, who is also the Green Party's parliamentary candidate for Bristol West and economics and finance speaker, has warned that the hard Brexit being pursued by the Conservative government will prove disastrous for small businesses in the UK. Dr Scott Cato says that exiting the single market, leaving the customs union and ending free movement will all hit small businesses hard.
Bristol's Green MEP responds to Supreme Court ruling
Responding to the Supreme court ruling, by eight votes to three, that the government cannot trigger article 50 without an act of parliament, Molly Scott Cato MEP, Bristol's Green MEP and the Party's spokesperson on EU relations said: “The supreme court has ruled out a blank cheque Brexit signed off by the right wing of the Tory Party. Theresa May must now be prepared to listen to the wide range of voices and views on our future relationship with Europe, represented by our elected members of Parliament.
Bristol's Green MEP launches petition to stop race to the bottom on corporate tax
Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, has launched a petition calling for government to not use Brexit as an excuse to start a race to the bottom on corporate tax.
Will you back Corbyn or constituents, Green MEP asks Labour MPs
Green MEP calls out Labour MPs after Corbyn orders MPs to trigger article 50 Molly Scott Cato, the Green MEP for Bristol and the South West has slammed Jeremy Corbyn for saying he will order his MPs to trigger article 50, and has challenged the region’s Labour MPs to defy their leader and support their constituents, who voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU.
Council opposes further cuts to NHS
Bristol City Council voted on Tuesday to take a stand against further cuts to the NHS and social care. Green, Labour and Lib Dem councillors put aside political differences to vote for a joint Green and Labour motion opposing the £305 million of cuts to health and social care across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
Greens welcome Bristol’s Darren Hall as candidate for Metro Mayor Elections
Bristol Green Party have today welcomed the news that Darren Hall has been elected to run as the candidate this May’s Metro Mayor Elections in the West of England.
There is no democratic mandate for a hard Brexit
Molly Scott Cato, who is Green Party speaker on EU relations and the parliamentary candidate for Bristol West, has responded to Theresa May’s Brexit speech saying: “With the slogan ‘Take back control’ ringing in her ears, the Prime Minister has decided to ignore the will of the British people and take us out of the single market."
Greens call for wealth tax to tackle soaring inequality
The Green Party has responded to the Oxfam report published today, which reveals eight billionaires own the same wealth as the poorest 50% of the world’s population.
Brexit latest: "We utterly reject the divide-and-conquer tactics of the Tories"
Bristol's Green MEP Molly Scott Cato has teamed up with her German Green colleagues condemning ‘the destructive approach to the Brexit negotiations’ outlined by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his interview with the German daily “Die Welt”.
"Alarmed, saddened and angry" about latest round of council cuts
“It is hard to put into words how I feel about the current financial crisis in Bristol. I am deeply concerned by the impact that cuts to frontline services will have on those who rely on them. I’m scared by how this will affect our communities and how we work together as a city. I am also sad for the many valuable council staff who, after a lifetime of working to provide services for the people of Bristol, are being told that they no longer have jobs.
Appeal on Chocolate Factory development
Green councillors are very disappointed to hear that developers have now submitted an appeal direct to the Planning Inspector on the proposed housing development for the Chocolate Factory. The move follows a council planning committee decision on 30th November 2016 to defer a decision on the Chocolate Factory scheme for further discussions and negotiation.
Bristol's Green MEP welcomes government backing for tidal power
Government backing for tidal power has been welcomed by Bristol's Green MEP Molly Scott Cato. A government-funded review has come out in favour of the £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay and for developing a network of larger lagoons around the UK.
Bristol's Green MEP challenges Labour on freedom of movement
Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, has accused Labour of a ‘bewildering array of views’ on freedom of movement. In a speech today, Jeremy Corbyn said he is not wedded to freedom of movement as a matter of principle, while Deputy leader, Tom Watson has called for tighter immigration controls as part of any Brexit deal. Meanwhile, former leadership contestant Owen Smith, has said it was right to be pro-immigration, even if it meant losing votes.
Green capital was ‘hugely successful'
Green Party Councillors have welcomed the findings of an independent review(1), which found that Bristol’s year as European Green Capital was an “undoubted success” concluding that “by any measures the year was hugely successful, popular and rewarding, with positive outcomes that are likely to last for many years”.
Bristol's Green MEP responds to Prime Minister's hints of leaving Single Market
"In spite of continuing confusion and the absence of any plan, the Prime Minister appears to be steering the country towards a damaging hard Brexit which will fire the starting gun for a race to the bottom on workers’ rights, consumer protections, corporate tax and environmental standards." says Molly Scott Cato, Bristol's MEP and Green Party’s EU relations spokesperson.
Downward spiral of Tory cuts must be challenged
As January blues begin to kick in and the grim extent of the cuts to Bristol City Council becomes even clearer, Green councillors have responded to the Mayor’s Corporate Strategy consultation 2017-2022 (1) calling for bold opposition and creative alternatives to the downward spiral of austerity.
Bristol's Green MEP responds to resignation of British ambassador to the EU
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Government response to social care crisis totally inadequate
Greens have said “extra funding” announced by government for social care is a case of ‘smoke and mirrors’. They accuse the government of reallocating or retiming existing funding pots, including money for new homes, to look like additional cash for social care.
Bristol's Green MEP supports new legal action against Hinkley
As a long-time campaigner against Hinkley C, Bristol's Green MEP Molly Scott Cato has welcomed news that Greenpeace Energy, a green energy supplier in Germany, is taking renewed legal action through the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over subsidies for the new nuclear power station.
Green call for more affordable housing in Bristol approved by Full Council
Full Council today debated and approved a Green Party motion calling for action to enable more affordable housing to be built across Bristol and to make the process more transparent. The motion follows controversy over a planned development for 135 houses in the Chocolate Factory in Easton, which was deferred by councillors on the planning committee over concerns about the lack of affordable housing and a number of other recent schemes which have offered very little affordable housing.
Greens call for more affordable housing in Bristol
Full Council will debate and vote on a Green Party motion on Tues 13th Dec to enable more affordable housing to be built across Bristol. The call follows controversy over a planned development for 135 houses in an old Chocolate Factory in Easton, which was postponed by councillors on the planning committee over concerns about the lack of affordable housing.
Bristol's Green MEP calls on Great Western Railway bosses to face the public
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University of Bristol Court votes for fossil fuel divestment
The University of Bristol Court has today passed a motion from Bristol Green Councillor Carla Denyer, calling on the university to withdraw funding from fossil fuel companies.
“Come on Bristol Uni – it’s time to divest now!”
Pressure is mounting on Bristol University to withdraw its investments in fossil fuel companies ahead of this year’s Court meeting, where Councillor Carla Denyer will be tabling a motion calling for the university to become ‘fossil free’.
Bristol City Council heads for crisis as Tory austerity bites
Bristol City Council slipped further into crisis today as all non-essential spending was halted by the Council’s CEO issuing a spending freeze across the Council. Green Party Councillors responded to the news slamming both the Tory austerity agenda and the lack of any real opposition to it.
No affordable housing in Chocolate Factory plans ‘utterly appalling’
Leader of the Green Party councillor Group, Charlie Bolton, has submitted a statement to the Council’s planning committee meeting slamming the lack of affordable housing in plans to develop Bristol’s former Elizabeth Shaw Chocolate Factory.
We need a Bristol living rent
Bristol Greens welcomed the announcement in the Autumn Statement that the government will consult on abolishing Letting Agents' Fees - a move that could save private tenants in Bristol around £50m per year.(1)
Time for bold investment in Bristol’s future
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Greens celebrate bus re-connecting Clifton Village and Whiteladies Road
Green councillors are celebrating the announcement that the number 9 bus will re-connect Clifton Village and Whiteladies road, following meetings between local Green councillors and First Bus.
Clean Air Zone commitment by Mayor after Green campaign
Clean Air Zone commitment by Mayor after Green campaign
Bristol’s statues protected against illegal and unsafe air
Campaigners have today given Bristol’s most famous resident’s protective masks against the consistently unsafe and illegal air pollution levels in the city
Thousands sign petition for clean air
Around 4,000 people have signed a 'Let Bristol Breathe' petition over the last week calling on the Mayor to take urgent action to establish a Clean Air Zone in Bristol. The petition will be presented to Full Council on Tuesday this week.
Bristol Green Party announce parliamentary candidates
The Green Party in Bristol has today announced their four parliamentary candidates ahead of a potential snap general election. Molly Scott Cato MEP has been elected to stand as their candidate to challenge for the hotly contested Bristol West parliamentary seat. Bristol West is widely considered to be one of the most winnable seats in the country for The Green Party.
Green Co-Leader to announce Bristol parliamentary candidates
The Green Party in Bristol is welcoming their national co-leader Jonathan Bartley to announce their candidate to challenge the hotly contested Bristol parliamentary seats.
Let Bristol Breathe
Let Bristol Breathe
Green Party launches process to find next MP for Bristol
The Green Party in Bristol has launched its own internal democratic process to find their candidates to be the next MP for the four Bristol constituencies. Results are expected in early November.
Over half of Bristolians think their health is damaged by air pollution
Over half of Bristolians think their health is damaged by air pollution
Don’t prevent Bristol from running its own bus company
Green councillors have spoken out against Clause 21 of the Bus Service Bill, which would prevent Bristol from setting up its own publicly owned bus company. The bill is currently going through Parliament and includes a controversial clause to prevent councils owning local bus companies.
Put back air pollution monitor in dirtiest part of city
Bristol Green Party are today demanding that the City Council immediately reinstates an air pollution monitor on Rupert Street that has been removed due to MetroBus roadworks.
Pets in Council Properties
Pets in Council Properties
Controversial St Philips power generator rejected
Bristol’s planning committee have today soundly rejected a controversial planning application for a diesel power generator in St Phillips.
Tell us what you think about air pollution in Bristol
Survey on air quality
51 bus saved, but what about all the others?
On Tuesday 13th September, Full Council will host campaigners and residents celebrating their success in saving the 51 bus. Over 3,500 local people signed the petition to save the service, which will be presented to Full Council next week.
The health of Bristol’s children at risk as pupils return to school
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Tory cuts and local Labour inaction will devastate council services
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Green Party slams devastating Tory cuts to Bristol Council
Greens have today slammed the Tory government for reducing funding which could make it impossible for local councils to deliver essential basic services. This comes in the wake of today’s announcement that up to 1,000 council jobs could be lost in Bristol in this financial year, a move that has been condemned by Trade Unions.
Scanning cats killed by cars for microchips
Further crack-down on rogue landlords needed
Call for licensing of landlords in Clifton Down
Bristol Waste contract renewal
Waste contract renewal
St Philips power generator sent back to the drawing board
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Post EU Vote we must stand together for UK EU membership
Whilst we must reassure all those living in Bristol that they are welcome here, wherever they are from, we must not accept that UK membership of the EU is at an end.
Commitment to help poorest pay their Council Tax
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Hate Crime response
Response to email campaign re Hate Crime
The public must have their say on devolution
“Greens have been working throughout the devolution negotiations to ensure that any deal does not just focus on economic growth at any cost. Our regions need good quality, warm and affordable housing and an improved public transport system that benefits all. We are pleased that as a result, Bristol Council voted last night for equality and environmental sustainability to be key criteria for any project looking to be funded by the new deal”
Post Brexit: We must act calmly and with care
Post-Brexit Statement from Bristol Green Party: we must act calmly and with care; care of each other, and care of our city
Greens demand proper consultation on devolution deal
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Green councillor's statement on devolution
Natalie Bennett supports 'Remain' campaign in Bristol
Natalie supports 'Remain'
Letter from Green Councillors in Bristol on EU referendum
Letter in support of 'Remain'
“The Youth Council gives me hope" says Green Deputy Leader
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“We will be watching closely, Marvin” promises local Green leader
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Another Europe is Possible, Green MP tells Bristol
The Green Party’s Caroline Lucas MP is today visiting Bristol as part of a national “Another Europe is Possible” tour. Caroline will be meeting students at Bristol University ahead of the night’s main event to remind them that there is just one week left to register to vote.
Greens to lead on health and wellbeing across Bristol
Green councillor, Fi Hance has become Bristol’s cabinet member leading on health and wellbeing across Bristol.
Bristol Elects 11 Green Councillors
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Only Greens can guarantee Bristol a frack-free future
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Your Green Vote in The Bristol Local and Mayoral Elections, May 5th 2016
Sean Buchan, Bristol Green Party’s co-ordinator, explores the party’s recent surge in the city council and how to vote Green in this year’s local elections – the last until 2020.
Greens defend migrants against “inflammatory” ex-Porn studio housing story
Bristol Green Party has responded to defend migrants from an article in the Post about an ex-Porn studio in St George being converted into a House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO).
Bristol North Baths - Greens secure monthly update promise for residents
Green councillors have gained a commitment from the council that local residents will be given monthly updates on the progress being made towards the completion of Bristol North Baths.
Saving Bristol’s scrap
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Greens urge dialogue over library dispute
Greens have today called on the Council and Library Assistants to work together to resolve dispute over shift patterns, after Library Assistants announced their intention to strike. In last year’s city-wide consultation, the public fed back they wanted library opening times to change. This has led to changes in shift patterns for Library Assistants.
Important step towards addressing Bristol’s dirty air
Green councillors have welcomed news that Bristol will receive money to boost the use of electric vehicles, saying this is an important step towards tackling Bristol’s deadly air pollution. The Ultra-Low West programme, which is being finalised in a Bristol City Council Cabinet meeting today, will see Bristol receive £2M of funding over a 5 year period to promote electric vehicles, increase charging points, reduce heavy goods vehicles in the city centre and pilot a clean air zone1.
New start for Bristol North Baths
The decade-long saga of the Bristol North Baths may be finally reaching a conclusion, as the Mayor considers allocating additional funding to ensure the developments completion at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday 5th April. The council took back control of the long–delayed development last autumn, and the proposal is that additional money invested by the council would be repaid once the scheme is completed.
#TonyFirst - Bristol Greens rally round their Mayoral candidate in open letter to voters
An open letter from Bristol Green Party urging you to give Tony Dyer your 1st preference for Mayor on Thursday 5th May.
Green Volunteer Awards show the whole city is turning green
Bristol Green Party congratulates all the winners and nominees of this year’s Green Volunteer Awards hosted by Bristol Natural History Consortium.
Local people should have vote on devolution deal
Green councillors on Bristol City Council have today called for a referendum on whether Bristol should sign up to the West of England devolution deal as set out in last week’s budget. The deal includes the introduction of an additional ‘Metro Mayor’ for the West of England and councillors say it is undemocratic to impose this without a clear steer from the people of Bristol.
Yet more advertising to blight Bristol
Green councillors have slammed a decision made in a planning committee that will see a new digital advertising board in Easton, facing the M32.
Devolution and democracy – too much to ask?
Greens have slammed the Chancellor’s announcement of a Metro Mayor, saying a West of England devolution deal has been negotiated behind closed doors without input from locally elected councillors or consultation with local people.
Green leader's passionate speech on domestic violence
Leader of the Green Councillor, Ani Stafford-Townsend, gives as impassioned speech on domestic violence at a Full Council meeting on 15th March, calling on Bristol to play its part by making sure those fleeing domestic violence can access social housing. See the full meeting here>>.
Celebrate the success of Green Capital and call for greater transparency
Bristol’s Green councillors have highlighted the many successes of Bristol’s year as European Green capital, whilst also calling for full transparency around the Green capital accounts.
Cross party support growing for Bristol’s Low Emission Zone
Support for Low emission zone
Council debates dangers of chemical weed-killer
Full Council will debate the use of a chemical weed-killer in Bristol’s streets and parks on Tuesday 15th March. Over 6,500 people signed a petition calling for Bristol to stop spraying glyphosate based weed-killer such as ‘Roundup’ on the streets and parks of Bristol, forcing a debate in next week’s council meeting.
Greens launch mayoral election campaign
Greens launch election campaign for mayoral and council elections
You pay when an apple core gets binned!
Bristolians have more than trebled the amount they reuse and recycle over the last ten years, but while many people now recycle their bottles and cereal packets, food waste is lagging behind. Taxpayers pay £80 per tonne for waste that goes into landfill. 40% of the waste we chuck in the bin in Bristol is food waste. Bristol’s new waste and resource management strategy, which will be discussed by cabinet next week, makes reducing the amount of food waste we chuck in the bin a top priority.
Greens call for halt to sell off of Ashton Gate land
Green mayoral candidate fears loss of land for Ashton Gate station
Mayor must ring fence independent living fund
Green mayoral candidate has demanded that Mayor Ferguson ringfence £7m of funding for severely disabled
Greens can’t support budget that sees £30 million cuts
“This year’s council budget will see a reduction of £30 million compared to last year, as central government cuts are passed on to the people of Bristol. These devastating cuts to vital council services are not something that Greens can support.”
Labour and Tories vote against a Clean Air Zone
Labour and Tories today voted against a Green amendment to the Council budget to fund a research and implementation plan for a clear air zone in Bristol.
Council votes in favour of Green call for £3.5m for social care
Council has today voted to support a Green Party amendment that raises £3.5 million to support care homes, disabled services and home care services to help plug the worsening gap in adult social care services.
Don't miss your chance to vote!
Green councillors will take to the streets on Friday to encourage people to register to vote.
“Child safety is more important than a new aerospace museum” say Green councillors
Green councillors are calling for half a million pounds currently allocated for contributing to a new aerospace museum in South Gloucestershire to be spent on child safety in Bristol instead.
Join Our Action Weekend!
Join our Action Weekend this weekend (13-14th Feb). Saturday 13th we'll be Canvassing in Cotham, meeting at the Arts House Cafe at 10am. Sunday 14th e'll be delivering newspapers in Lawrence Hill, meeting at Settlement Cafe at 10am.
Here comes the sun - Greens celebrate energy successes
Spring is looking promising for Bristol’s renewable energy sector, as the Council announces grants available for energy projects and a doubling of solar PV with a new Avonmouth solar farm.
“A new vision for transport is needed” say Greens from across the West of England
Green Party councillors and representatives from across the West of England have come together to submit their joint vision for transport.
University must go further
Green councillors have called on the University of Bristol to go further after it issued a statement saying it would looking into partial divestment from fossil fuels.
Campaigners remain determined as time starts to run out for Southville’s much loved community Faithspace
The campaign to save Southville’s much loved Faithspace building has ramped up in recent weeks as a six month moratorium preventing its sale draws to an end tomorrow.
"Recycling is good, but re-use is so much better", Greens call for Hartcliffe way reuse and recycling centre
The long awaited Hartcliffe way recycling centre for South Bristol will be discussed at Full Council tonight, following cross party pressure to progress the scheme.
“Tory proposals to reduce bus lanes are absurd” say Green Councillors
Green Councillors have slammed proposals made by Conservative councillors to reduce Bristol’s bus lanes.
Joint action needed to tackle Bristol’s dangerous air pollution
Green MEP for the South West Molly Scott Cato visited Bristol this afternoon to discuss the worrying state of the city’s air.
Greens push for extra millions to protect care for the elderly and people with disabilities
Green councillors are calling on the Council to protect adult social care, which provides vital services for elderly people, those with disabilities and other vulnerable adults.
Malcolm X Centre must continue to serve local community say Green councillors
Councillors for Ashley ward are working to ensure that the Malcolm X Centre in St Pauls remains open and serving the local community.
More beds for Bristolians facing winter on the streets
Green councillors have welcomed the announcement that 20 additional emergency beds will be provided for rough sleepers this winter
Save Southville's community Faithspace
Southville’s two Green councillors will today (Tuesday 15th December) call on the mayor and the council to pledge support for a well-loved community venue in Southville.
Bristol City Council votes in favour of ‘fossil free’ pensions
Councillors have this evening voted in favour of Avon Pension Fund becoming ‘fossil free’. Full Council voted for a motion put forward by Green Party councillors at tonight’s Full Council meeting. A petition and many statements from the public were also tabled in support of the motion, which calls for Bristol City Council to take the lead in calling for the fund to develop a strategy to divest from fossil fuels. Bristol City Council and its neighbouring authorities have seats on the Avon Pension Fund Committee, in which Council employees’ pensions are invested.
As winter starts to bite, emergency accommodation needed for Bristolians living on the streets
Green Councillors are tabling a motion to Full Council on Tuesday 15th December calling for emergency action to help those living on the streets this winter.
Come along to our Green *Festive* Party
Festive Greetings! Come along to our Green *Festive* Party // Wed 16 Dec // 7 PM // The Phoenix Pub
Councillors reject new gas power station
Councillors voted at a planning meeting today to reject plans for a new gas power station in the heart of St Werburgh’s.
Bristol Greens back petition demanding National Express investigate Islamophobic incident
Bristol Green Party is urging people to sign a petition calling on National Express to "launch a full investigation into the allegations of racist behaviour on a Bristol to London National Express coach... and then publish the results to the general public".
Council to debate ‘fossil free’ pensions
Green Party Councillors will table a motion to Full Council on Tuesday 15th December calling for Avon Pension Fund to go ‘fossil free’.
A narrow defeat but not the end of the road for divestment campaign
A campaign calling for Bristol University to withdraw its investment in fossil fuels is gaining pace. A motion to the University Court – the University’s advisory body – advising the University to gradually phase out its financial support for the industries causing climate change was only narrowly defeated by 6 votes.
Green Group welcomes poo bus innovation
Bristol Greens have welcomed news that Bristol is to become the first city in the world to get two fleets of so-called poo buses. 130 of the buses, which will be fuelled by bio-methane derived from human waste, are planned to be in service by 2019.
Bristol Greens' Assistant Mayor heads to Paris to call for the best deal possible for Bristol and the planet
Green Assistant Mayor for neighbourhoods, Daniella Radice, will be joining leaders from all over the world at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris.
Ani Stafford-Townsend elected as new Green group leader
Councillor Ani Townsend-Stafford has been elected as the new leader of the Green group of councillors. The group also voted in a new deputy leader and whip.
Bristol Green Party responds to the Autumn statement
Bristol Green Party have today issued a response to George Osborne's Autumn statement.
Disastrous Spending Review Further Undermines Economy and Environment of South West, says Green MEP
Leading South West Green, Molly Scott Cato MEP, has hit out at the large cuts to departmental budgets announced today in the chancellor’s spending review and has heavily condemned the announcement of a new £1bn Shale Wealth Fund.
Greens Support Bristol Climate Change March This Sunday 29th November
Bristol Greens are urging as many people as possible to come on the climate change march and demo this Sunday 29th November beginning at noon in Castle Park.
Green politicians’ job share success
Today Green councillors voted for the Green Assistant Mayor on Bristol City Council’s cabinet to be held as a job share. This move will, for the first time, see a cabinet member in one of Britain’s core cities share a job.
Green councillors call on the Prime Minister to cut the cuts
Green Councillor for Clifton East, Carla Denyer represented Bristol at Number 10 Downing Street today, joining Green Councillors from across the country to hand in a joint letter calling on the Conservative government to end the destructive cuts to local government.
Dirty power stations inside the city? Even Tories and Greens unite to say it’s a bad thing
Two very unlikely allies have emerged in light of the proposed capacity power generators currently proposed for St Werburghs, Lockleaze and Lawrence Hill. The proposals are for three gas fuelled power stations to form part of the Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR) network to feed the national grid at peak times.
Pressure mounts as students, staff and councillors come together to call for ‘fossil free’ university
Pressure is mounting on the University of Bristol to ensure none of its £56 million endowment fund is invested in fossil fuel companies. The campaign has seen students, staff, councillors and others work together to call for the university to become ‘fossil free’.
Green councillors back unions in face of ‘devastating’ trade union bill
Green Councillors will state their strong support for a union-backed campaign to overturn the government’s trade union bill at Bristol’s full council meeting tomorrow.
EU-US trade deal would threaten workers’ rights, public services and local democracy
Across the country, local councils are standing up and calling for an end to the controversial TTIP trade deal which would increase the power of multinational corporations at the expense of workers’ rights, environmental protection and local democracy.
Green Mayoral candidate: "I will appoint an Assistant Mayor for Open Democracy to help build trust"
Tony Dyer, the Green Party candidate for Mayor of Bristol has expressed concern that a recent report on "The Impacts of Mayoral Governance in Bristol" records an alarming lack of trust in Bristol City Council and the Mayor.
Time to reduce waste across Bristol
The Council looks set to introduce a new waste contract that will reduce waste across the city at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday 3rd November.
Bristol Greens announce Council candidates for Ashley
Bristol Green Party have re-selected incumbent Councillor Gus Hoyt, and selected Jude English and Simon Stafford-Townsend, as its prospective Council candidates for Ashley.
Bristol Greens announce Council candidates for Central ward
Bristol Green Party have re-selected incumbent Councillor Ani Stafford-Townsend, and selected current Ashley ward Councillor Rob Telford, as its prospective Council candidates for Central.
Green Mayoral Candidate's Offer to Osborne: “Let us keep our business rates now, and I will freeze council tax.”
Tony Dyer, who was announced as the Green Party's candidate for Mayor of Bristol on Monday, has challenged the government to allow Bristol to keep all of its business rates for the next four years - in return for a commitment to freeze council tax over the same period.
Greens Announce Tony Dyer as Bristol Mayoral Candidate
Following a city-wide ballot of its membership, the Bristol Green Party have selected Tony Dyer as their candidate to contest the Bristol Mayoral election in May 2016.
Green Councillor calls for ‘Glyphosate free Ashley’ trial
Local Councillor, Gus Hoyt, is calling on the Mayor to use Ashley ward to trial alternative methods to weedkillers which contain the potentially harmful chemical, glyphosate.
‘The Carriageworks development demonstrates need for action on affordable housing’ say Green councillors
Ashley ward’s Green councillors, Gus Hoyt and Rob Telford, have called for lessons to be learned from the Carriageworks/Westmoreland House development process.
Hinkley C nuclear power proposals ‘not good for our safety, not good for our energy security and not good for our future’ say Bristol Green Councillors
Green councillors will join a crisis meeting this Friday to discuss the ‘triple risks’ posed by Hinkley C nuclear power station. The meeting has been organised by Green South West MEP Molly Scott Cato, and will be attended by the Vice President of the French Assembly, Denis Baupin.
Successful ‘ethical letting charter’ the first step towards improving housing rights in Bristol
Bristol City Council looks set to become the first Local Authority in the country to introduce an ‘ethical lettings charter’ when the matter is discussed at a Bristol City Council Cabinet meeting tonight. The Mayor is set to make a final decision on the matter, following months of campaigning from community based union ACORN, who are fighting to protect the rights for those who rent across Bristol.
Bristol Green Councillors to attend largest ever Party Conference in Bournemouth
Bristol councillors will be attending the biggest ever autumn Green Party National Conference with a large number of local party members expected to head to Bournemouth this weekend.
Councillors put aside political differences to welcome refugees to Bristol
Bristol Councillors from across the political spectrum came together last night, supporting a motion calling for Bristol to welcome its share of refugees to Bristol.
‘Protect speed limits that keep our children safe’ say Green Councillors
As the Council gears up for a debate on 20mph, Green Councillors are calling for Bristol’s 20mph areas to be maintained.
Green Councillors question Council use of chemical weed-killer
Green Councillors are calling for clarity on the use of a chemical weed-killer by Bristol City Council. Roundup, which is the most commonly used commercial herbicide, is used by the council to control weeds and contains a controversial chemical called glyphosate. The chemical has been causing a debate among campaigners and community groups after its safety was called into question.
Green Councillors call on Bristol to welcome its share of refugees
Bristol Green Councillors have added their voice to refugee organisations calling on the Mayor to take immediate action to ensure that Bristol plays its part in welcoming refugees to the city.
Greens encourage Mayor to reduce "tide of waste" by investing in reuse and repair centre
The Green Party are calling on the mayor to invest in developing a Repair and Reuse facility in South Bristol to reduce waste being sent to landfill.
Greens Call for Bristol to Send ZERO Waste to Landfill by 2020
The Green Party is calling upon the Mayor and all other political parties to commit to a target of sending zero waste to landfill by 2020.
Greens Celebrate Success in Fight to Keep Libraries Open
Following the release of initial findings from the largest libraries consultation in Bristol’s history, the Green Party is today celebrating the news that plans to close 7 libraries across the city have officially been scrapped.
Greens back campaign to stop development of valuable green space in Eastville
Bristol Green Party has urged its members to support Protect Frome Valley's campaign to stop development of Colston playing fields.
Give us the Power to Build our Own Homes
Green Assistant Mayor Daniella Radice has today called on the Mayor to make the case for Bristol being given the powers to address its worsening housing crisis by Whitehall.
Greens Oppose Digital Billboards in Bristol
Earlier this week, the Green group of councillors called in the Mayor’s decision to roll out digital billboards in Bristol.
Bristol Greens win stunning election victories!
In a series of stunning victories, Bristol Green Party won 7 new seats on Bristol City Council in the local elections on Thursday! Together with the 6 seats they already hold, this means that the Greens now have 13 seats on the city council.
Green Party Leader celebrates Bristol Green Party reaching 2200 members!
Yesterday, Bristol Green Party passed the milestone of reaching 2200 members. In celebration of this, national Green Party figures visited the Victoria Rooms in Bristol, including Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, Jean Lambert, Green Party MEP for London, Jenny Jones, the Green Party's representative in the House of Lords, London Assembly member Darren Johnson and Jack Monroe.
Former Directors of Friends of the Earth Back Darren Hall
Jonathon Porritt is a respected environmentalist, writer and broadcaster, and is the Founding Director of Forum for the Future, an independent non-profit working globally with business, government and other organisations to solve complex sustainability challenges.
Natalie Bennett launches final weekend of action in Bristol with call to regulate Buses
These are exciting times for this city. In five days’ time you have the very real opportunity to elect Bristol’s first ever Green MP – Darren Hall.
Darren Hall at Bristol Post hustings
Bristol West candidates debated at Cotham School on Wednesday night in the Bristol Post hustings. Recent polls show momentum is with the Greens. Chair Mike Norton opened by reminding the audience that ‘there are still plenty of undecided voters’ in this tight marginal seat.
Campaign Bus Launches in Bristol
Darren Hall, Green Party Home Affairs Spokesperson and Candidate for Bristol West, launched the Green Party Campaign Bus in Bristol on Tuesday 28.04, alongside Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb and Deputy Leader Amelia Womack.
What difference can a Green MP make?
In this beautiful short film along with Darren Hall and Natalie Bennett, Caroline explains how Green MPs can make more of a difference than ever.
Greens on Course to Win in Bristol West!
Latest poll puts the Green Party on course to win the parliamentary seat of Bristol West!
Lord Ashcroft poll: Greens have momentum in Bristol West
A poll by Lord Ashcroft has revealed a huge swing of 21% to the Green Party in the battleground seat of Bristol West. A quarter of those polled in Bristol West intend to vote Green on May 7th 2015.
The Power To Transform The South West
Green MEP Molly Scott-Cato commissioned a report on the South West's energy needs, unveiled yesterday. The report, researched and written by the Resilience Centre, suggests the South West could become an exporter of energy to the rest of the UK, by investing in the transition to a diversified renewable energy system.
What could a green university do if it really tried?
Yesterday Darren Hall helped launch a report commissioned by Molly Scott Cato (MEP) detailing how the South West could meet 113% of its projected energy needs from renewable technology, and in doing so add around 124,000 new skilled jobs and enable the region to become a net exporter of energy.
10 Minute Interviews - Bristol West Local Candidates
Rob Telford, Councillor for Ashley Ward, interviews all seven Green councillor candidates in the Bristol West constituency in 2015.
Forum is Free: Beyond the War on Drugs?
The War on Drugs has failed on all fronts: what are the alternatives? The Bristol Green Party hosted a debate on drug policy at Hamilton House, with a panel of speakers from legal, healthcare and research backgrounds thrashing out the issues.
Get Heard Bristol West
On Monday evening hundreds packed into the iconic Malcom X Centre in Bristol's St Pauls for the liveliest hustings of the election. Organised as a collaboration by community organisations ACORN, Bristol Somali Media Group, the Bristol Cable and Ujima Radio, it was billed as 'a hustings with a difference'; and it didn't disappoint.
Caroline Lucas opens new Campaign Office
Caroline Lucas (MP of the year 2014) officially opened the Bristol Green Party's new public office today
Caroline Lucas Opening Darren Hall's New Campaign Office
Friday 10th April 11.00 At 127 Gloucester Rd Bristol Bs7 8ax
Change The Tune
The Election Broadcast everyone is talking about 'Change The Tune' - the Green Party 2015 Election Broadcast Song.
Women's Voice Hustings
Bristol Women’s Voice hosted an important debate yesterday evening, asking the difficult questions about gender equality: Why is it that women make up only 22% of MPs in this country? How is it acceptable that 1 in 4 women will experience sexual violence in their lifetime? What has been the impact of austerity for women’s lives?
Darren Hall Protects Our NHS
Debate at the Protect Our NHS hustings last night cut through the headlines and spin, getting to the root of which party genuinely puts people before profit. As candidates from the established parties attempted to woo voters with pledges that amounted to mere adjustments to the existing part-privatised health service, the Green Party’s Darren Hall put forward a clear agenda for reversing the privatisation of the NHS and placing it firmly back in the hands of the people.
Attacking migrants is a mug’s game, say Greens
The Green Party has entered the debate on immigration today by revealing a ‘migrant mug’ in response to a Labour Party merchandising catastrophe.
The Campaign Begins: Greens offer a message of hope
The Green Party will go into the 2015 General Election offering a message of hope. Ms Bennett, who has overseen a steep increase in membership of The Green Party, has today focussed on the ‘real alternative’ offered by her party. As campaigning started she pledged to ‘reconfigure the economy to work for everyone’ and rid the NHS of private companies.
Darren Hall offers real alternative at student hustings
At 7pm last night, the leaders of the big two parties were in London, gearing up for a grilling from Jeremy Paxman. Later, they lived out the fantasy of two-party politics, blissfully unaware that things have changed. At the University of Bristol, a student hustings showed a new reality. Away from the glare of studio lights, multiple parties now vie for a place in parliament, and nowhere is this more the case than in Bristol West. Here, the Green Party’s Darren Hall is in pole position to overtake the sitting Lib Dem MP, Stephen Williams. With one of the largest student populations of any UK constituency, student concerns are at the forefront of this election.
Celebrating 2015 Members
Following the national Green surge, the Bristol Green Party has seen an explosion in membership
Budget 2015: Green Party reaction
Greens call for an immediate end to austerity-led economics and a rebalancing of the economy so that it works for the common good.
Libraries Saved From Closure
Greens in Bristol are welcoming the news that libraries have been saved from closure after their long campaign
Darren Hall on BBC Daily Politics
Darren Hall was invited to the panel on the BBC's Daily Politics today with 3 other MP candidates who are likely to win on May 7th to discuss their future in parliament.
Darren Hall discusses defence spending on the Today Program
Darren Hall showed why he will be a superb Green MP for Bristol West on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning, talking about defence policy (at 1h 19m)
Forum is Free: Crises of Housing, Energy and Cost of Living
Last night Darren chaired the first of a series of Forum is Free events. A panel of four debated the crisis of affordable housing with a packed out audience at The Station.
TTIP promotes failed economics
The proposed EU-US free trade agreement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), has sparked concern across Bristol. By seeking to scrap rules which protect smaller companies from large corporations, TTIP would have a potentially disastrous effect on Bristol’s thriving small businesses. In recent months residents have been taking to the streets in opposition, signing petitions and hosting debates. With the European Parliament expected to publish its opinion on TTIP shortly, Bristol West Green Party parliamentary candidate Darren Hall, who has been tipped to win the seat in May’s election, says TTIP is created by big business for big business, and promotes a failed economic model which works for the few, not the many.
Green councillors call on council to adopt 'ACORN Ethical Lettings Charter'
Green Party motion to full council will protect thousands of tenants across Bristol from rogue landlords
Is the Green Party a single issue party?
The Green Party are often accused of being a single issue party. On one level we are. On another level this completely misses the point that our economy is entirely dependent on our environment. The environment can only be seen as a separate issue if it is viewed from a limited economic framework. This framework fails to recognize the interconnected nature of our problems. The Green Party views the world as a complex, dynamic system. The world is not a separate human system and a natural system rubbing along in (dis)harmony. The Green Party has to do more to communicate this critically important message.
An eye opening talk by George Monbiot
Last night political journalist and environmental activist, George Monbiot, spoke in front of a tightly packed audience at the Wills Memorial building as part of the Bristol Festival of Ideas. His talk was called 'What a Green Government could do if it really tried'. Beginning by stating that what the environmental movement really needed was people to "challenge us and challenge the political status quo"; an idea that resonated with supporters of the Green Party who, for years, have been challenging 'business as usual' politics.
Green Party Launch 2015 General Election Campaign
The Green Party today announced its largest ever slate of candidates for Parliament and six key themes for the 2015 General Election campaign.
Green Group statement on Bristol Council's 'austerity' budget
Bristol Council's 2015/16 'austerity’ budget: hurting the most vulnerable and reducing public services.
Greens throw support behind Tax Dodging Bill
In the wake of the HSBC, Swiss Leaks and LuxLeaks tax avoidance scandals the Green Party has pledged to introduce a Tax Dodging Bill in the first 100 days after the election.
‘Carbon bubble’ could be the next financial crisis
Greens are using Global Divestment Day to sound a warning over the so called ‘carbon bubble’.
500,000 social rented homes by 2020
A lack of affordable homes is at the heart of our current housing crisis, say the Green Party who today commit to build 500,000 social rented homes by 2020.
Waste of space -literally- at Ashton Gate
Park and Ride closed to Football and Rugby Traffic
Greens protest demolition of chocolate factory before community say so
Greens supported an impromptu demo outside the derelict Elizabeth Shaw chocolate factory in Easton on Wednesday after planning was rushed through to demolish the majority of the buildings, without proper agreement from the local community.
We have only days to save successful local arts organisation
Green Party candidate for Cabot Ward, Ani Stafford-Townsend, has appealed to local Bristolians to help save Residence from losing their tenancy at the Milk Bar.
Natalie Bennett visits Bristol
Last week, Bristol was happy to welcome Green Party leader Natalie Bennett for what will likely be one of many visits. Spending the morning at a stall on the UOB precinct with a crowd of enthusiastic Young Greens, passing students and Bristol West election favourite Darren Hall, Natalie discussed broken tuition fee promises, rising inequality and the recent meteoric surge in party membership, particularly amongst younger voters.
The Green Surge!
In the last week, the Bristol Green Party has had a powerful surge in membership of almost 50%.
How to Register to Vote in the General Election
Get on the electoral register by 20th April so you can vote Green in the general election (and the city council elections) on May 7th this year! If you're not on the electoral register you won't be able to vote!
Greens demand retention of pollution monitoring sites
The Green Party is demanding the retention of air pollution monitoring sites in Bristol.
Bristol Greens Reach 1000 Members!
Bristol Green Party is very pleased to announce that today it acquired its 1000th member.
5000 and UP - South West Greens Celebrate a milestone
The Green Surge continues - and nowhere more so than in the South West were we now have over 5,200 members.
MEP calls for VAT exemption for micro-businesses in wake of new tax rules
Micro businesses in the South West have expressed deep concern at new European VAT rules which take effect today.
Green MEP challenges new Competition Commissioner over Hinkley C
South West Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, has met with the new EU Competition Commissioner to challenge her over the decision to give the green light to the controversial financial deal on Hinkley C nuclear power station near Bristol.
Green candidate delivers over 360 signatures against proposed Starbucks
Green Party Cabot Ward candidate Ani Stafford-Townsend has handed a 360 person strong petition to Bristol City Council, opposing a proposed Starbucks on Old City's Wine Street.
Greens call on local MPs to support bill to bring railways into public hands
Bristol Greens have called on local MPs to support a private members bill to bring railways back under national control.
A million signatures for Juncker’s 60th birthday
Greens to present a million strong petition against the controversial TTIP trade treaty.
Getting serious about play in Bishopston
Bishopston Councillors Daniella Radice and Tim Malnick are encouraging local residents to become more active outdoors.
Greens Say One Million Citizens Deserve Answer Over TTIP
Green MEP Molly Scott Cato has welcomed news that one million people have now signed a petition against the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade deal.
Green MEP and Party finance speaker responds to autumn statement
Another missed opportunity to help the economy work for the common good
Green party candidates join local residents in opposing Bedminster Parade Metrobus proposals
South West Green MEP nominated as Parliamentarian of the Year
The first Green MEP for the South West, Molly Scott Cato, is in line for a ‘Green Ribbon’ award for European Parliamentarian of the Year tomorrow.
Greens engage job seekers in calls for a living wage for Bristol
The Green Party has called for a £10 per hour minimum wage for all by 2020
Bristol Greens celebrate 500 members
Bristol Green Party has hit 500 members for the first time in its history.
Response to development dispute over Carriageworks site
Ashley ward’s Green councillors have called for a controversial developer to display full transparency
Bristol Green Party Supports the Public Sector Strikes
Bristol Green Party has issued a statement today backing the public services strikes next week
Ashley Green councillors oppose cuts to Bush bed provision
Both of Ashley's Green Party councillors will today speak against proposals for a cut of bed provision (from 10 to 5) at the Bush residential centre.
Green fury as EU indicates Hinkley C will be given go-ahead
Green MEP for the South West, Molly Scott Cato, has reacted with fury to the news that the EU is set to approve billions of pounds of public funding for Hinkley C, the UK’s first new nuclear power plant in a generation
Bristol must lead the way in opposing cut to Independent Living Fund, say Greens
Disabled people in Bristol facing the removal of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) will today be the subject of a Full Council motion by the Green Party that calls for the Mayor to ringfence the fund.
Green Party Calls On Bristol To Lead Fight For The Rights Of Disabled People
Bristol Green Party will ask the council to vote to ring-fence all funds transferred from the ILF, and to call upon the national leaders of the main political parties to reverse the closure of the ILF.
Three strikes and you're out, say Greens on Hinkley
Greens say the case for building a new nuclear power station at Hinkley is now firmly closed.
Action against increased rail fairs and calls for public ownership of the railways
The Green Party in Bristol have today been campaigning as part of a national day of action to highlight another rail fare increase by the Coalition government and to call for public ownership of the railways.
Action not words on Mayoral Commissions, says Bristol South MP candidate
Tony Dyer, the Green Party’s parliamentary candidate for Bristol South, has called on Bristol Mayor George Ferguson to ensure the findings of his four mayoral commissions are put into practice in concrete ways to end inequalities in Bristol.
Greens introduce candidate tipped to take Bristol West
The Green Party have today announced that Darren Hall has been selected to stand for Bristol West in the 2015 parliamentary election.
We support ACORN’s statement on secure homes
The Easton-based tenants’ rights group ACORN has submitted a statement to the meeting that Cllr Telford has written in support of.
Greens present multiple questions at first Full Council Members' Forum
The Green group of councillors will today scrutinise the Mayor, George Ferguson, through a series of questions and statements to the first of the new Members' Forums ahead of the city's Full Council meeting.
Greens present multiple questions to Mayor's Cabinet meeting
Bristol’s Green group of councillors to present multiple questions to Mayor’s first post-local election Cabinet meeting
Take back the Great Western franchise
Perfect time to take back the Great Western franchise say Greens
Greens Gain First Ever South West MEP
Dr Molly Scott Cato has made history by becoming the first Green Party MEP for the South West.
Greens celebrate Bristol gains
Bristol Green Party now has three new councillors, Tim Malnick (Bishopston), Martin Fodor (Redland) and Charlie Bolton (Southville).
Greens finish European election campaign on a new high
The surge in support for the Green Party has continued with a new poll showing the Party has hit its highest ratings yet in opinion polls.
National Green Party leader calls for South Bristol Transport Interchange
Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party, will today join local residents in calling for a new railway station to serve the Ashton and Southville areas.
European candidate joins campaigners to challenge nuclear weapon research
Dr Molly Scott Cato, will join campaigners in Bristol on Monday to draw attention to the fact Bristol is among the top five universities in the UK receiving funding for research into nuclear weapons.
New poll sees Lib Dems pushed into fifth position
New national poll shows the Party surging to 10% and among 18-24 year-olds the Greens are the second most popular political party
European Green presidential candidate visits Bristol in support of migrants and their businesses
Green Party candidate for presidency of the European Commission, Ska Keller MEP, is due to visit Bristol on Monday, to offer Green Party support for migrants and emphasise the benefits freedom of movement brings to the European economy.
Mini-manifesto of transport priorities for Mayor of Bristol to tackle in next year
Greens focus on public accountability, a transport authority and reallocation of £200k rail subsidy in election transport policies
Labour not to be trusted on rail renationalisation
Labour not to be trusted on 'partial conversion' to rail renationalisation say South West Greens
Greens aim to become Bristol's second biggest party by 2016
Bristol Greens announce line up of 23 candidates fighting for change across the city
IPCC Report is Good News for South West Jobs, Say Greens
South West Green Party has responded enthusiastically to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body responsible for climate change policy.
Green Party MP to join South West Greens at Hinkley demo
Green Party MP Caroline Lucas will be visiting Hinkley Point on Thursday, joining Green Party activists and other anti nuclear campaigners to demonstrate against controversial plans to build Hinkley C.
Greens warn of threats to South West jobs, health and environment from fracking
In the week that Green MP Caroline Lucas and other anti-fracking campaigners go on trial over protests at Balcombe last year, Greens warn of threats to South West jobs, health and environment from fracking
Bristol Mayor Endorses Greens' Energy Strategy
Bristol’s Mayor has endorsed and supported a report by the South West Green Party calling for strong political leadership on investment in renewable energy in the region.
Bristol Green Party response to judicial review result
Bristol Green Party acknowledges that the judge has not supported the challenge to Bristol City Council made by the Judicial review.
Are private Train Operating Companies profiting from huge rail disruption?
Greens ask: Are private Train Operating Companies profiting from huge rail disruption in the South West?
Jonathan Porritt to help launch Greens European campaign
High profile activist Jonathan Porritt to help launch South West Greens 'Europe for the Common Good' campaign
Your Money and Your Life – Free Drop In Event
Have you ever thought about the quality of your money rather than its quantity?
Greens demonstrate support for fairer trade rules
Green Party members agree a motion at their Spring conference to oppose a new Transatlantic Trade agreement.
Greens head for conference in buoyant mood as Lib Dems face 'losing all their MEPs'
Green Party members from the South West head for their annual Spring conference this weekend hopeful of winning a seat in May's European elections.
Candidate calls on region's MEPs to defend Public Ownership of Rail
The lead European candidate for the South West Green Party, Dr Molly Scott Cato, has called on the region's MEPs to pledge publicly that they will vote against a new proposal from Brussels that could limit our ability to make choices about how we run our national rail services.
Petition demands direct public transport link with Temple Meads
Green Party members in Southville have launched an on-line petition calling on bus companies and the council to provide regular services direct to Temple Meads.
Greens join anti-cuts demonstrations across the South West
Greens highlight new austerity report as they join anti-cuts demonstrations across the South West
Greens vote against budget
Bristol’s Green councillors voted against the Mayor’s revenue budget today, calling for a united council and city to oppose austerity at source.
Greens Win Suspension of Trade Talks over Spying Scandal
Euro-MPs have backed Green demands for the immediate suspension of talks leading to a proposed new trade deal between the EU and the US
Why are our MEPs voting against protecting the region from floods?
South West MEPs are being accused by Greens of voting against important measures to prevent and tackle flooding proposed in the EU in 2012
Greens to advocate council fightback against austerity
Green councillors say national austerity agenda is disastrous for Bristol
Only politicians stand in our way say Greens
In a new hard-hitting report South West Green Party claim UK politicians at all levels are failing to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the transition to a renewable energy future.
Bedminster wants a bus link to Temple Meads, Greens' survey shows
Green Party councillors in Southville have asked First Bus to meet the local demand for a direct bus link with Temple Meads.
Regional MPs have failed SW on railways, say South West Greens
South West Green Party has accused MPs of the three main Westminster Parties for allowing investment in the region's railways to fall so massively behind London and the South East.
Greens call for Resilient Regional Railways not Vanity Projects
Green Party is renewing its call for the cancellation of HS2 and for major investment in local train routes instead.
Tony Dyer named as Green Party candidate in Bristol South
Green Party members in the Bristol South constituency have selected Tony Dyer as their candidate for the 2015 parliamentary elections.
South West Greens call for Owen Paterson to be sacked
South West Green Party has accused Environment Secretary Owen Paterson of gross incompetence and are calling on the Prime Minister remove him from post.
Green top Euro-candidate to speak at meeting in Southville
Molly tops the Green Party Euro-list for the South West, and Greens are optimistic she will become the first Green MEP in the South West this May.
Greens offer solutions to the poverty that lies behind growth figures
'Return to growth' headlines mask the reality of the grinding poverty experienced by many in our region, say South West Greens.
Community energy strategy is green wash not genuine power to the people
South West Green Party have greeted with derision the announcement from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) that the government is to invest £10 million in community renewable energy generation projects
Greater ambition on tackling climate change needed say Greens
As winter storms and floods continue to affect the region, South West Green Party are joining Greens in Europe in calling for more ambitious European targets on CO2 emissions, renewable energy generation and energy efficiency.
Set Robin Hood in motion say South West Greens!
The Green Party in the South West is supporting a campaign to get councils to pass a motion of support for the Robin Hood Tax.
Green Party offers electrifying vote for 16 year olds
A ground-breaking Europe-wide e-democracy project enabling anyone over the age of 16 to vote is currently being conducted by the Green Party.
Labour's Tough Talk on City Bonuses Lacks Credibility
Leading Greens have been skeptical about Labour's call for the Chancellor to get tough with RBS as the bonus season approaches.
Greens Oppose Austerity
Bristol Green Councillors' Budget Response: A wider look at Bristol's Economy
Coin should honour peace not glorify war, say South West Greens
South West Greens have called for a reversal of the decision to choose Lord Kitchener, the World War I general, familiar to many from recruitment posters, as the new face of the £2 coin.
Campaign to take back Great Western franchise
Greens step up campaign to take back Great Western franchise into public ownership in wake of fares rise
New threat to South West livelihoods from Secret Trade Talks
A new trade and investment agreement under negotiation between the EU and the US could threaten livelihoods in the South West say the Green Party
Hungry Christmas: huge increase in Food Banks a 'national disgrace'
A prominent South West economist has cited the massive increase in the use of Food Banks in the last year as evidence that our economic system is fundamentally broken.
Taxpayers will pay bill for fracking disasters warn Green Party
The Green Party is warning that taxpayers will have to pay for pollution caused by fracking if companies go bankrupt
Green Party Reaction to the Autumn Statement
Yet another missed opportunity to restructure the economy and deliver a sustainable energy future
Scrap 'corporate welfare': CAP payments should go to small farms not corporations
CAP payments should go to small farms not corporations
Greens fight to stop Central Library takeover
Cross party support indicates library may be saved
Leading Green euro candidate sets out alternatives to austerity
Molly Scott Cato to speak at Bristol University
Political Posturing Destroys Green Jobs
South West Greens are blaming political posturing over so-called 'green levies' on energy bills for the loss of the Atlantic Array
Government Proposes to Slash Energy Standards for Bristol’s new homes
Bristol’s Green Councillors were horrified to learn today of the government’s proposed Housing Standards Review.
Break up RBS into local community banks
Molly Scott Cato, has called on Business Secretary Vince Cable to split up Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and turn it into local community banks
Local councillors call for community centre to be saved
Green councillors in one of the city’s most deprived inner city areas are calling for proposed cuts to a vital local community centre to be reversed.
PM's attitude to green levies shows his contempt
Caroline Lucas comments on reports that the Prime Minister has dismissed fuel bill levies that fund energy efficiency measures, as "green crap"
Greens call on political leaders to raise money for the city
Bristol Green Party opposes nationally imposed cuts which will impact the most vulnerable
Fossil fuel subsidies up; green levies down.
A damning new report on the subsidies given to the fossil fuel industry demonstrates the deeply distorted energy priorities of the Coalition government, say the Green Party.
Green councillor secures free cash machine for St Pauls
A new free cashpoint has been installed in St Pauls after a campaign led by a local Green councillor.
Time for public to take back Great Western franchise
South West Green Party is calling for the renationalisation of the Great Western rail franchise when the current contract expires in two years time.
Greens Oppose Nuclear Gamble with Taxpayer Money
The proposed Hinkley Point nuclear-power station relies on a gamble with British taxpayers money, claims the South West Green Party. The Party has described a deal involving Chinese investment as an outrage.
Greens welcome possible end to 'merry-go-round' European Parliament
Greens welcome a vote by the European Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee to scrap the monthly 'merry-go-round' of holding meetings in both Brussels and Strasbourg.
Campaigning groups must be encouraged not censored
A Green councillor has called for the Coalition’s controversial Lobbying Bill to be amended to maintain basic democratic freedoms for campaigning groups
Ashley councillors object strongly to 60% premium to park in St Pauls
We see no reason why the cost of a permit for one of our residents in St Pauls should cost 60% more than a permit to park in Easton.
Greens overtake LibDems in European Election Voting Intentions
Green Party Leader, Natalie Bennett, says Greens have overtaken LibDems in European Election Voting Intentions.
Where's the Farming Minister?
South West Greens call on environment Sec Owen Paterson to explain absence of farming minister
Natalie Bennett to tour South West
Natalie Bennett to tour South West to push agenda for Green Party European election campaign
Greens Spearhead Eurozone Banking Solution
Legislation agreed to establish a European banking supervision system for banks within the Eurozone
Off your trolley? Public Meeting about 8.5% Business Levy campaign
Bristol Green Party is to host a public meeting about proposals to strengthen local businesses using a small levy imposed on the biggest retailers.
Music to our Ears: Green Party Supports Bristol Music Trust at Cabinet Meeting
Bristol Green Party acknowledges the fundamental importance of music to the children and young people of Bristol tomorrow
Give Them an Inch, and They'll Take a Ladies Mile
Green Party Oppose Overflow Parking Renewal on the Downs
Green councillor speaks out against 'divisive' teachers’ pay policy
Reacting to the Coalition government’s changes to teachers’ pay policy, Rob Telford, Green councillor for Ashley ward and a former teaching assistant said:
Bristol Green Councillor Urges Caution over New Binding Economic Deal
Tess Green, the Green Councillor for Southville, urged caution in a speech at City Hall today, regarding a deal which would lock Bristol in an economic agreement for over twenty years.
Bristol Green Party Attends Revolutionary Logistics Launch
The Bristol Green Party attended the launch of a new logistics association outside City Hall today, which is revolutionising how businesses make deliveries.
Small step towards fixing EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme say Greens
The Green Party in the South West has welcomed news that the European Parliament has voted to tackle the oversupply of carbon emissions allowances to Europe’s most polluting industries.
Public ownership of rail
Seven Bristol councillors were outside the entrance of City Hall, College Green on Monday 1 July at 12 noon to show their support for a Private Members Bill to bring rail back into public ownership.
Bring Railways Back Into Public Hands To Save A Billion A Year, Urges Green MP
Lucas slams privatised rail system for 'toxic combination of poor services and overpriced fares' and 'blatant transfer of public money to private shareholders'
Bristol Green Party Councillors' Statement on Residents' Parking Schemes (RPS)
Bristol Green Party’s policy on Residents' Parking Zones has been to support it when residents are in favour of it. This has not changed.
Green's campaign to raise £1.6 million pa for local shops
Bristol Green Party has come out in support of a campaign - which - if implemented - could raise up to £1.6 million per annum for the local shops
Green Party Doubles Number of Councillors in Local Election Win
Bristol Green Party today celebrated as it doubled its number of councillors in this year's round of local elections, taking the Greens' tally to four council seats
Green Party London Assembly Member Speaks Out on Bristol Public Transport
Jenny Jones, one of the Green Party members of the London Assembly, will visit Bristol today to help highlight the importance of improving the city's public transport network
Green Party Leader Visits Bristol
Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Green Party visits Bristol to support local candidates.
Green candidate line up revealed
Bristol Greens announce line up of 23 candidates fighting for change across the city
Green Party Saves Homelessness Fund
February’s budget proposal included cutting the homelessness prevention fund. The Green Party decided this fund should be saved.
Bees Need Urgent Help - Green Party
Some insecticide products have been increasingly implicated in the decline of honeybees over the past decade.
Daniella Radice leads a Women's Rights workshop
Green Party Candidate for Bishopston, Daniella Radice, is leading a workshop on what the Environmental and Women’s Rights movements can learn from each other.
We must spend and invest, not slash and burn
GREEN MP to propose a Green New Deal as an alternative to deflation, disinvestment and synchronised austerity.
Bristol votes for all out elections
Disappointment as councillors voted 46 to 12 in favour of switching to all-out elections from 2016
Gus Hoyt: Austerity is not working
Gus Hoyt writes in Bristol247 that people power is needed to replace stumbling budget process
Bristol on the verge of 1,463-day democracy
Green Party expresses opposition to all-out elections
Gloucester Road Shops set to lose £1 in every £5 with Sainsbury's
Green Party cabinet member expresses strong opposition to development plans
Greens raise concerns about street safety for women
Jenny Jones, the Green Party candidate who came third in the recent London mayoral race, was in Bristol today to support Daniella Radice in her bid to become mayor.
Greens call for Bristol buses to be run for people not profit
Green Party candidate for mayor, Daniella Radice, has today called for Bristol buses to be taken back into public ownership, noting the millions of pounds in profits leaking from the system to private companies.
Protest vote candidates stand down and pledge support to Green Party
Two candidates previously standing in the Bristol mayoral election have backed down and pledged their support to Green party mayoral hopeful Daniella Radice.
'Let's make Bristol energy self-sufficient' says Green mayoral candidate
Green party mayoral candidate Daniella Radice has today laid out intentions to help Bristol and the region become self-sufficient in renewable energy in the next two decades.