Can you help fund our General Election campaign?

We have launched Crowdfunder appeals to raise funds to help our candidates Jonathan Essex and Benedict Southworth campaign stand in the upcoming General Election.

Jonathan hopes to raise £1,400.  You can support him at:
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/support-jonathan-essex

Benedict hopes to raise £500. You can support him at: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/green-party-candidate-for-surrey-east 

Elections are expensive – and this one comes at a time when our funds are depleted by the recent County Council election campaign.

The Green Party is not funded by corporations or billionaires. We rely on local supporters to get our message across. Please donate if you can. Any money you give will help us reach more people with our positive Green policies.

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Introducing our General Election candidates

We are pleased to introduce our candidates for the General Election on June 8.

Jonathan Essex, Reigate constituency

Jonathan Essex is a chartered civil engineer and works for an international development consulting company based in Redhill. He is an active community campaigner serves as a Green councillor on both the Borough and County Councils.

Jonathan says: “I’m standing because I think it’s important to give people a chance to vote Green, to make sure that we’re standing up for everyone in the local community. I will work to protect our Green Belt, and to secure the affordable homes we need. I will fight for properly funded public services, not cuts to social care, schools and the NHS – and to ensure the government properly holds Southern Rail to account.”

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Benedict Southworth, East Surrey constituency

Benedict Southworth has worked on social and environment issues for over twenty years and lives in Hurst Green with his family.

Benedict says: “As a former chief executive of two national charities I’ve seen first-hand the importance of having politicians who are driven by what their community needs and not their career within the party.

“Regardless of your party allegiance, everyone in East Surrey will say they need an MP who will listen to all constituents and spend less time focussed on their political career. They would also say they want an MP of principle.

“I’m asking people to step beyond party loyalty and elect a new MP with a new approach. An MP committed to the idea that East Surrey can be place known for its unique character. An MP who will work hard for Green policies.”

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Your County Council candidates

We are fielding eleven candidates in the County Council elections on 4 May. They are standing on a manifesto which prioritises:

  • building a Green economy which creates local jobs
  • protecting the Green Belt and our wider countryside
  • ensuring safe, sustainable, accessible and healthy modes of transport across Surrey
  • defending our public services so that all Surrey residents have a good quality of life
  • working with honesty and transparency to the highest possible standards

Read the Green Manifesto for Surrey 

Please support your Green candidate! If you would like to help with delivering leaflets, or on polling day, please email info@eastsurreygp.org.uk.

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Dinner with Caroline Lucas

Caroline Lucas at Westminster

Caroline Lucas at Westminster

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

Caroline Lucas, prominent MP and Green Party co-leader, will be speaking at a Fundraising Dinner for East Surrey Green Party in Reigate on 2 March 2017.

Caroline is a passionate campaigner on the environment, social justice and human rights. She has been MP for Brighton Pavilion since 2010, and previously represented the South East of England at the European Parliament for eleven years. She sits on Parliament’s influential Environmental Audit Committee.

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East Surrey Green Party response to the Autumn Statement

The 2016 Autumn Statement failed to tackle the serious funding crisis affecting adult social care.

Rob Jarrett, a local Green Party campaigner and former chair of Brighton and Hove Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “Councils have been starved of cash since 2010. Social services are unable to cope with the demands of an ageing population. This has a knock on effect on the NHS as more vulnerable adults end up in hospital and then can’t be discharged when they are ready to go home.”

Caroline Lucas, the Green Party co-leader and MP for Brighton Pavilion, has accused the Government of ‘shirking its responsibilities’ and having ‘deeply skewed priorities’.
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Introducing Shasha Khan: candidate for Kingswood with Burgh Heath by-election

Shasha Khan, candidate for Kingswood with Burgh Heath by-election November 2016

Shasha Khan, candidate for Kingswood with Burgh Heath by-election November 2016

We’re pleased to announce our candidate for the by-election in Kingswood with Burgh Heath.

Shasha Khan is a hotelier by trade, and a community campaigner.

Shasha says, “This year the nation voted to leave the EU. Reigate and Banstead also voted to leave the EU, but by just 799 votes out of the 81,200 votes cast. Talking to residents on the doorstep in Kingswood and Burgh Heath, it is clear that many are concerned about the ‘hard Brexit’ line the government are pursuing.

“I am standing because a post-Brexit Britain needs to ensure good community relations are maintained. Hate crime is on the rise, and it is disappointing that this Council failed to support ‘Hate Crime Awareness Week‘, from 8 to 15 October, unlike neighbouring boroughs.

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Reigate & Banstead’s Development Management Plan: Our response

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has drawn up a new Development Management Plan that will shape where new homes, shops, schools and workplaces should go between now and 2027.

The Council put the new policies out for consultation and residents and local organisations were invited to give their views.

Our response

East Surrey Green Party sent a detailed response, commenting on many aspects of the Plan and the evidence on which it was based. This response has been written with input from our two local councillors, our members and residents.

You can download our response here.

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Council policies to allow housing on Green Belt

Come to an open meeting to discuss the Council’s proposed new development management policies, including the threat of housing development on the Green Belt, and how we can respond. All welcome.

The Meeting Room, Toby Carvery, Redstone Hill, Redhill
RH1 4BL (Map)
7.30pm on Wednesday 21 September 2016

Download a flyer for the meeting

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has drawn up new development management policies that will shape where development, like new homes, shops and workplaces should go between now and 2027.

The new policies are out for consultation before being submitted to the government for approval.

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Hiroshima Day – 6 August

71 years ago this Saturday saw the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing up to 180,000 people and destroying 13 square kilometres of the city. Three days later, a second atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, killing between 50,000 and 100,000 people. As well as those killed immediately, countless more people died in subsequent months and years due to the radiation released by the bombs..

The local Peace Group will mark the anniversary with a vigil and readings in Redhill and Reigate and a parade between the two towns this Saturday, 6 August.

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Last chance to stop Trident renewal

MorallyWrongThe long-awaited vote on whether to replace Trident, the UK’s submarine-launched nuclear weapons system, will take place on Monday 18 July.

There are currently four submarines, which carry up to eight Trident missiles, each fitted with a number of warheads.

The warheads are capable of hitting a target up to 7,500 miles away and each one is eight times the power of the one used at Hiroshima. Read More »

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