Our Annual General Meeting is on 12th September at 7:30pm in the Prohibition Bar, Gateshead. Nibbles and free bar along with entertainment afterwards.
We are proud to once again offer the chance for most residents of Gateshead to vote Green. Here’s our list of candidates:
Birtley – Tony Dodds
Blaydon – Simon David Murray Easton
Bridges – Rachel Eileen Shaw
Chopwell and Rowlands Gill – Dave Castleton
Chowdene – Alexander Taylor
Crawcrook and Greenside – Ralf Russow
Deckham – Gary Brooks
Dunston and Teams – Andy Blanchflower
Dunston and Whickham East – Mary Blanchflower
Lobley Hill and Bensham – Andy Redfern
Low Fell – Ruth Christina Grant
Ryton Crookhill and Stella – Carol Maize
Saltwell – Rachel Llewellyn
Wardley and Leam Lane – Stephen Watson
Winlaton and High Spen – Paul Martin McNally
Green Party 2016 Budget Response
The budget today is a great disappointment for all of us who want to see a more environmentally sustainable and equal society.
The chancellor has missed numerous opportunities to improve the future of the U.K. These mistakes include:
Not raising fuel duty. We are currently experiencing a dramatic decrease in the price of fuel. Now is the time to raise fuel duty to increase revenue. Even just a 10p increase would raise over £5 billion a year which could pay for significantly improvements in public transport.
Increasing ISAs and other savings schemes to much higher levels. These simply don’t benefit the vast majority of people who don’t have the money to save, never mind £20000 a year.
Further cuts in corporation tax to 17%. We were already competitive with 18%, as were with 20%. Similar countries like Germany, the US and others tax corporation profits at rates up to 35% so there is simply no need to reduce the level this low.
Massive cuts in taxes on fossil fuel companies. We shouldn’t be cutting fossil fuel taxes as we raise taxes on environmentally friendly products and cut subsidies for renewable energy.
However, there are some positives including:
Increasing flood defence spending by £700 million We would support further spending where needed.
Measures to tackle tax dodging. However, these do not go far enough and are unlikely to raise the £12 billion Osborne claims.
Increase in tax free personal allowance. We welcome this and hope the allowance will continue to increase.
Overall, while there are some good things in this budget, it is a disappointment and continues to lead this country in the wrong direction.
Join Gateshead Green Party for our ‘Green Guitars’ fundraiser. Green Guitars will take place on 9th April from 7pm at The Central Bar. Admission is £5.
Gateshead will be holding a Table Top Sale next month. Stalls include books, jigsaws, clothing, face painting, hot drinks, cakes and more! All are welcome.
Winlaton Community Centre
Saturday 19th March
Over the next year we plan to continue the growth experienced in 2015. Please join the party and attend one of our Green Drinks or Business Meetings to get involved.
11th January – Business Meeting
25th January – Green Drinks
8th February – Business Meeting
22nd February – Green Drinks
7th March – Business Meeting
21st March – Business Meeting
11th April – Business Meeting
25th April – Business Meeting
9th May – Post Election Meeting
23rd May – Green Drinks
13th June – Business Meeting
27th June – Green Drinks
11th July – Business Meeting
25th July – Green Drinks
8th August – Business Meeting
22nd August – Green Drinks
12th September – Annual General Meeting
26th December – Green Drinks
10th October – Business Meeting
24th October – Green Drinks
14th November – Business Meeting
28th November – Green Drinks
12th December – Christmas Social
Green Party condemns ‘paltry’ devolution deals for North East
The North East Green Party has condemned the governments newly announced devolution deals for the North East as ‘paltry’ and ‘undemocratic’. The party say they want much greater devolution for local communities instead.
The current plan involves 2 directly elected mayors for the North East Combined Authority and the Tees Valley Combined Authority in 2017. New powers are being given to these organisations over areas such as transport and investment. They are made up of leaders of councils who have been elected by their fellow Labour councilors.
North East Green Party Coordinator Shirley Ford said “This plan goes against the democratic will of the people of the North East who rejected devolution in 2004 by over 75%. This deal includes only £45 million extra funding a year in return for the democratic deficit to grow even further as we allow unaccountable individuals to have even more power.”
She continued “This is just another attempt by the Conservative government to pretend it is giving power to local people. George Osborne knows his Northern Powerhouse project has failed and he’s now attempting to save face. These deals are his attempt to inflict the worst parts of London upon us such as pollution, lack of space and pricing out those on low incomes from our cities.”
The Party said they instead want to see referendums on greater powers for the region.
South Heaton candidate Andrew Gray said “We want the people of the North East to have the right to choose how their government is shaped and ensure that all voices are represented, not just a small group of leaders. These powers could include being able to abolish the bedroom tax, joining up health and social care, rent controls for private housing and the ability to levy taxes on out of town supermarkets. Last week’s paltry deals offer none of these things.”
As you know the Gateshead Green Party stood candidates in all 22 wards and 3 constituencies this year.
On the night of Thursday May 7th, a number of our candidates gathered at Gateshead Leisure Center for the count!
Here is how they did:
|Ward||Candidate||No. of Votes||% of Vote||Ranking|
|Chopwell and Rowlands Gill||Dave Castleton||572||11.9||3rd|
|Crawcrook and Greenside||Ralf Russow||308||7.6||4th|
|Dunston and Teams||Andy Blanchflower||208||6.3||4th|
|Dunston Hill and Wickham East||Mary Blanchflower||204||4.4||4th|
|High Fell||Nicholas Boldrini||106||3.1||5th|
|Lamesley||Rachel Eileen Shaw||168||3.8||5th|
|Lobley Hill and Bensham||Andy Redfern||248||6.3||4th|
|Low Fell||Ruth Grant||221||4.3||5th|
|Pelaw & Heworth||Chris Thomas||203||5.0||4th|
|Ryton Crookhill and Stella||Sarah McKeown||270||5.6||5th|
|Saltwell||Rachel Mary Taylor||314||9.5||4th|
|Wardley and Leam Lane||Stephen Watson||380||9.9||3rd|
|Whickham North||Carol Ann Maize||117||2.7||5th|
|Whickham South and Sunniside||Hannah Blanchflower||109||2.3||5th|
|Windy Nook and Whitehills||James Knox||156||3.6||5th|
|Winlaton and High Spen||Paul McNally||242||5.3||5th|