Greener In: Join our campaign

On 23 June we’ll be voting on whether Britain should leave or stay in the European Union.

We’ve all heard a wide range of views on this, with politicians arguing fiercely on both sides. So what’s our view?

Greens are strongly in favour of Britain remaining a member of the EU. We believe that by working together we can better face the challenges of the 21st century, from climate change to the refugee crisis.

EU membership is also vital for protecting workers rights, with some of our strongest employment legislation produced by the European Parliament.

We know the EU is far from perfect and want change: more accountability, more democracy, and stronger regulation of transnational big business, including the banks. It is easier to work for these changes from inside than outside the EU.

By working together with our closest neighbours, we can build a better Europe and secure a fairer, safer, greener future.

Help us spread the word!

Three ways you can get involved

  1. Deliver leaflets in streets near your home. Please contact Nicky if you can help.
  2. Bring your environmentally-conscious friends along to discuss what leaving the EU would mean for the UK’s environment with a panel of speakers at a free public meeting in Reigate on Thursday 26th of May.
  3. Invite your friends and family for a night out, and hear from our own Green Councillor Jonathan Essex and other speakers at the Stronger In rally in Dorking on Friday 27th of May.

Read more about the ‘Greener In’ campaign on the Green Party website and an article by our Green MEP, Keith Taylor.

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New Green Councillor elected in Redhill

Steve Election L-37Steve McKenna was elected as Councillor for Redhill East in last week’s local elections.

Steve joins Jonathan Essex as one of two Greens on Reigate & Banstead Borough Council.

You can read more about Steve here.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Green candidates – all those who voted Green, and everyone who helped with leafleting, canvassing and in numerous other ways, and those who generously donated towards our costs.

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Supporting Junior Doctors

Come and meet junior doctors today and tomorrow to find out more about their strike – and learn life-saving skills.

Junior doctors are on strike today and tomorrow across England, in protest at the imposition of a new contract. The new contract reduces the pay junior doctors get for working at night and at weekends. Guaranteed pay increases linked to length of service would also be scrapped.

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Your local candidates for 2016

This year, East Surrey Green Party is fielding ten candidates in Reigate & Banstead and one in Tandridge in the local elections on 5 May. This is your chance to get more hard-working Greens elected.

Please support your Green candidate! You can download a poster to print and put in your window. If you would like to help with delivering leaflets, or on polling day, please email info@rbgp.org.uk.

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Green MEP speaks at Redhill event

Keith Taylor MEPThe Greens are very good at thinking globally and acting locally, MEP Keith Taylor told members of East Surrey Green Party at a fundraising dinner last night.

“Taking action at a local level and working hard for the community is a brilliant first step,” said Keith.

That’s why Jonathan (Essex), Sarah (Finch) and Bryn (Truscott) [current or former councillors] have done such a good job, and why we need to get Steve (McKenna, this year’s candidate for Redhill East) elected.”

Keith, a former long-serving Brighton & Hove councillor, gave an interesting insight into his work at the European Parliament, where his work includes a particular interest in air pollution, sustainable transport and tourism, pesticides and animal welfare.

In his South East England constituency, he supports residents on issues including planning and housing and campaigns on climate change.

“I’ve never worked as hard as I am now,” he said.

Keith said that on the issue of the EU referendum he supported the Green Party’s ‘stay in’ policy. In that sense the party shares the view of business and Tory leaders but for different reasons, he says.

“Cameron wants to get rid of the ‘Green crap’ and Osborne wants to stop directives that are there to make our common lives better. I want to create a sustainable Europe, based on equality, fairness and a vision of hope.”

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Come dine with… Keith!

Mela dinner event V2Keith Taylor, our hardworking Green MEP, is guest speaker at our fundraising dinner on Thursday 7 April.  Read More »

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Redhill commuters pay fares more than four times higher than European counterparts

[This article was edited on 21 January to add fares including London travel, as suggested by Reigate, Redhill and District Rail Users Association.]

As the campaign to bring the railways back into public hands is back in the spotlight [1], Reigate and Banstead Green Party highlighted that Redhill commuters are not just paying over the odds compared to travellers from Gatwick but fares more than four times higher than for comparable journeys in mainland Europe.

A commuter with an annual season ticket from Redhill to London terminals pays £2,696.00 a year for their 19-mile journey. For an annual season ticket including London Zones 1-6, the fare from Redhill is £3,464.00.

For similar length journeys and also for annual tickets, their European counterparts pay [2]:

  • in France, from the commuter town of Ballancourt-sur-Essonne to Paris (24 miles), £566.89
  • in Spain, from Collado-Villalba to Madrid (22 miles), £603.70
  • in Germany, from Strausberg to Berlin (21 miles), £714.13.

All of these examples are less than a quarter of the Redhill to London equivalent. And all these tickets allow for travel in the capital, as well as to the mainline terminal.

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All welcome at New Year Pub Quiz

quizOur first social event for 2016 will be a pub quiz, at the Marquis of Granby in Redhill on 28 January.

All members, supporters and friends are welcome.  Read More »

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Government must walk the talk on climate change and reduce, not expand, flights

TGatwick-X-sky-smallhe government announced last night that it will expand runway capacity in south east England, while putting off the difficult decision of whether the new runway will be at Heathrow or Gatwick.

To make this announce-ment while ‘talking the talk’ with world leaders, gathered in Paris to finalise a global agreement on climate change is simply irresponsible.

While our government gives the impression of backing an ambitious climate deal in Paris – where over 100 countries have been pushing for strengthening the limits we place on global warming – it continues to ignore the part it plays in the problem. As well as undermining renewable energy at home, it is pushing forward with investments in new roads, forcing through fracking, and now planning another runway – all of which will increase carbon emissions.

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Local, national and international voices raised: calling for #ClimateSense at COP21

World calls for #ClimateSense

We have been let down. By successive governments, at successive international negotiations. But as Amelia Womack reminded us at our joint meeting with Mole Valley Greens last week in Dorking; the COP21 talks taking place this week are important, but just as important are the voices being raised outside.

Peter Sims of People & Planet showed us how much we could burn to be in with a 'reasonable chance' of avoiding dangerous climate change

Peter Sims of People & Planet showed us how much we could burn to be in with a ‘reasonable chance’ of avoiding dangerous climate change

Across the UK, and the world, peoples’ campaigns are growing. Peter Sims, local Green, and co-ordinator of People & Planet Society at the University of Surrey, gave a presentation at our Climate Sense meeting on their fantastic campaign to get their University to divest from fossil fuels.  Similar is happening at Universities across the UK.

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