Green Party Election Broadcasts show a different better way

Politics doesn’t have to be how it is as our latest election broadcasts show. For a different, fairer way look to the Green Party…

Green Party General Election Broadcast for 8th June 2017 – Change The Game

 Election Broadcast 2017

 

Green Party General Election Priorities

We get that right now the world seems a pretty scary place. And what makes it worse is the feeling we all have that events are completely out of our control.

We get that. We get that politics is off-putting. We get that voting sometimes seems pointless and that it’s not always easy to tell one politician from the next.

And we understand that after you’ve been told you can’t change anything about politics well, you’re going to start believing it.

At times like these we have to dig deep.

The Green Party is the only party committed to stepping outside that box with the “Old Politics” sign on it.

The moment the election was announced we reached out to other progressive parties and asked to talk about an alliance that could prevent the Conservatives being returned to power. Stuck with a vision of a political reality that no longer exists, that invitation was rejected.

We were disappointed but not deterred. We don’t believe in playing games. We believe that progress, prosperity, and people’s rights are more important than party politics. Our values are what drive us and guide us.

Which means that at this election – in fact, at any election – if you vote Green you know what you are getting.

Our Co-Leader Caroline Lucas has, on multiple occasions, been named MP of the year. Jonathan Bartley stood with residents of his home borough of Lambeth and stopped the demolition of an historic social housing estate. Our Assembly Members in London introduced the first living wage. Our MEPs secured the introduction of a Europe-wide cap on bankers’ bonuses following the financial crash. Our councillors in Sheffield took the courageous step of increasing council tax in order to pay for increased support for the poorest 30,000 families in the city.

So while the government is convinced that it’s either May’s way or the highway, we want Britain to take a new direction.

We want to create a confident and caring Britain. One that spends its wealth on our health; that inspires children, supports students, and listens to parents; that stands by teachers; and stands up for what it believes in.

If you share that vision, please vote for us on June 8th and together we will change politics and change Britain.

  • Stand up for renters
  • Stand up for our NHS
  • Stand up for young people
  • Stand up for our rights
  • Stand up for our environment

Read about our election priorities in more detail here:

 Green Party General Election Priorities

Green Candidate for Leeds West Constituency in 2017 selected

Andrew Pointon Green Party Candidate Leeds WestThe Green Party has selected Andrew Pointon as Green Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Leeds West Constituency in the General Election on 8th June 2017. Andrew was the candidate in the 2015 General Election where he obtained the best result the Green Party has ever achieved in Leeds West with 3217 votes (8.4%).

Andrew is 45 years old and is married to Tina and has three stepsons. Born and raised in North Staffordshire, he has lived in Leeds since 1990 when he moved here to study. After graduating Andrew experienced a period of unemployment before joining Leeds City Council in 1994, working there on a voluntary basis for the first six months. He obtained a job as an IT Assistant, and during his 22 years working for the authority he has worked his way up the ladder and in his substantive role manages a small team responsible for testing and releasing software and hardware. Andrew is currently on full time release as a trade union Convenor for the UNISON Leeds Branch. He therefore has experience helping people with their problems and dealing with casework.

Andrew joined the Green Party in 2008 and was served as the Farnley & Wortley Green Party Secretary for 5 years. He has been an active member of the Party throughout the west Leeds wards, leafleting, canvassing, and as one of the volunteer drivers for the Green Party New Year’s Day free bus. In 2010 Andrew was David Blackburn’s election agent during the General Election.

Andrew said of his selection:

“It is a great privilege to be selected by my party to stand as their General Election candidate for a second time, and I am humbled by them giving me another opportunity to try to represent the residents of Leeds West.

This General Election is probably the most important in living memory and will shape the future direction of this country. It has been presented by the prime minister as being solely about leaving the EU, but there are many equally important issues.

The NHS is in crisis, underfunded and being deliberately run down as an excuse to privatise it. I will fight to keep the NHS free and publicly run. My current role involves visiting schools so I’ve seen first-hand how government cuts to education funding are affecting school budgets leading to redundancies amongst teachers and support staff. I am passionate about our children having good quality education and will fight for investment in schools and to reverse the cuts.

But the biggest crisis of all gets largely ignored by the main parties and the media. Climate change is a huge issue and one we must tackle quickly because if our planet cannot support human life all other issues like the economy, jobs, and housing become irrelevant. The Green Party has policies to tackle climate change while at the same time creating quality jobs, switching the economy to work for all not just the very wealthy, and improving existing homes alongside building new affordable energy efficient homes to give more people a chance of a decent place to live.

The Green Party is a positive change. We have policies to help improve the lives of ordinary people and make sure we pass on a decent planet for our children and grandchildren to live in. Our councillors work hard all year round for their constituents, and know they cannot be taken for granted. If elected I would be just like our local councillors, being there for constituents all year round not just at election time, representing them in Parliament, sorting out their issues, and trying to get the best for Leeds West.

The people of Leeds West have the chance to help set the direction this country takes. They can chose a brighter, fresher, positive way forward. I hope they will lend their vote to the Green Party on 8th June for a better, fairer, greener Leeds West and Britain. We want to look after the 99% not the highest earning 1% like the other parties do. We need to build a better society based on hope, not on fear. We are in politics for people and the planet, not for ourselves.

Voting Green isn’t a wasted vote, it is voting for politics based on principles and trying to make a genuine difference. At the last General Election nearly 16 million people across the UK didn’t vote at all. Just think what a difference could be made if they chose a different, fresh, Green direction and elected more Green MPs. I hope the people of Leeds West are inspired by the Green Party’s positive message and support me on 8th June. Thank you.”

 

Other Leeds West election news: Ann Blackburn re-elected

Ann Blackburn was returned as the councillor for Farnley & Wortley ward following the local council elections of 7th May. Ann received 3,831 votes (36.5%) with Labour coming second with 3208 votes (30.5%), the result being announced at the Leeds Arena today. The result means that the Green Party retains 3 councillors in the Farnley & Wortley ward.

Elsewhere in the Leeds West wards Nick Crawley’s 1108 votes in Armley saw the Greens finish 3rd, Kate Bisson polled 791 in Bramley & Stanningley, and Meadow Hudson came 2nd in Kirkstall with an impressive 1755 votes.

Green Party candidate secures best ever result in Leeds West

Andrew (left) at the count

Andrew (left) at the declaration of the result

In the 2015 General Electcion Andrew Pointon, the Green Party candidate for Leeds West, returned the best ever result the party had achieved in the constituency. Andrew polled 3,217 votes (8.4%) and finished fourth. David Blackburn had previously polled the highest Leeds West Green tally in 2001 with 2,573 votes (8%). Labour’s Rachel Reeves was re-elected as the MP for Leeds West.

Andrew said of the result:

“Today is a day of mixed emotions. I was proud to stand as the Green candidate in Leeds West, and I am very pleased to have achieved the best result the Greens have managed in Leeds West. It is great to be able to see Green Party policies becoming attractive to more people in this area. Nationally the Green Party has made advancements and it was wonderful to see Caroline Lucas deservedly re-elected in Brighton Pavilion with an increased majority. But my personal satisfaction is somewhat negated by the return of a Conservative majority government which I fear will be disastrous for this country. That result makes it more essential that the Green Party continues to grow in influence to stand up for people and planet alike. 

I would like to thank all the people of Leeds West who voted for me, and contacted me during the campaign. I would also like to thank all the people that helped me, especially the local council candidates whose work in the four wards no doubt increased the vote I received. I’d like to thank my agent Nick, but most of all my wonderful wife Tina who put up with hardly seeing me over the last year as I was out campaigning.”

The full results for Leeds West follow below:

Surname Forename Votes Elected Description
COYLE Laura 1495 Liberal Democrats
MAYOR Ben 205 Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
MURGATROYD Anne 7104 UK Independence Party (UKIP)
PIERRE-TRAVES Alex 7729 The Conservative Party
POINTON Andrew Mark 3217 Green Party
REEVES Rachel Jane 18456 ELECTED Labour Party
WEST Matthew Graeme 217 Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol
Andrew listens to the victor's speech after the announcement of the result

Andrew listens to the victor’s speech after the announcement of the result of the Leeds West poll

Election Day: One clear choice

Andrew on election dayToday you can go out and cast your vote. I urge you to do so. Your vote can make a difference.

Are you are fed up with “business as usual politics” where politicians say roughly the same thing, squabble with each other, and then fail to deliver their promises? Are you fed up of them turning up just at election time after your vote, only for them to let you down for the rest of the time?

Well you have a real positive alternative. You can vote for the Green Party. This is a party that is still based on principles and creates policy through its members, not dictated to by those at the top. It is a party that doesn’t just change what it says to please the audience it has in front of it. It is a party that has policies that puts people and the planet first. It is a party that looks to make things better for all not just the elite in society. It is a party that will look after the vulnerable members of society. It is a party of hope, not negativity and fear.

Just a few of the things the Green Party want to do:

  • Ensure we have a safe planet to live on with a whole range of measures to tackle Climate Change while helping people reduce their cost of living at the same time.
  • Create hundreds of thousands of new jobs that are actually secure, well paid and something you can build a life on.
  • Build 500,000 new social homes for affordable renting to help tackle our housing crisis.
  • Keep the NHS public, fund it properly, and remove privatisation.
  • Introduce a minimum wage that is a living wage of £10 per hour.
  • Renationalise the railways, and regulate buses enabling us to drop fares. We’d immediately reduce fares by 10%.
  • End university fees, reintroduce grants to replace loans, and write off the student loan debt. We’d reintroduce the EMA to help young people stay on at school.
  • Create an economy that works for all not just the wealthy. We’d tackle tax avoidance, ensure big corporations pay their fair share of taxes, and raise the top rate of tax for the very wealthy.

Find out more here: https://www.greenparty.org.uk/we-stand-for/

If you want a real progressive change, vote for it. Vote for what you believe in not the least worst option. Vote Green Party. Please vote for me, Andrew Pointon, in Leeds West. It’s time we had a change for the better.

Thank you

Andrew

 

 

The Green vision for public transport

Former Armley & Wortley stationWith just a few days to go before the election, I want to remind you about the Green Party vision for public transport.

Yesterday Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett announced our plan to give local authorities the power to regulate bus services – ending two decades of decline in this most vital of public services. This would help hugely to improve the currently poor and expensive bus services in Leeds.

Greens can deliver a public transport system that people can truly depend on and will encourage people out of their cars, helping to reduce emissions, improve air quality and lower levels of CO2.

British train journeys are the most crowded and expensive in Europe – it’s easy to see why people choose to drive instead.

Almost £4 billion of public money is paid to private railway companies each year in subsidies.

90% of their profits are then handed over to shareholders, instead of being reinvested back into improving services. As I highlighted in a previous post, this investment could mean 9 new stations in Leeds West

Over two-thirds of the British public support renationalisation of the railways.

The Green Party are the only party that has promised to bring the railways back into public hands.

We will create more reliable and affordable services for everyone, starting by immediately cutting public transport fares by 10% to relieve financial pressures for commuters.

If you share our vision, and want a public transport system designed for the people, vote Green on May 7th.

Andrew