Join us and stand against Live Animal Transport

There is a EU-wide campaign  of the Euro Group for Animals on www.stopthetrucks.eu. The petition already has over 1 million signatures across Europe, and is officially supported by Austria, Denmark, German and the Netherlands.

Sign the UK petition now: the UK government will debate it on 28 February 2018.

Recent campaigning by Greens on this issue

  • our South East Green MEP Keith Taylor has been pushing Westminster to support the ban, and took action in Strasbourg.
  • Caroline Lucas attended the Stop Live Transport Demo in London on 13 September.

Dover and Deal Green Party sends support and respect to the valiant campaigners demonstrating in East Kent and Thanet. The Great Repeal Bill of this Government failed to include animal welfare protection regulations of the E.U.

As Keith Taylor MEP says, “live animal transport is barbaric. We need to fight it tooth and nail.”

Caroline Lucas campaigning to Stop Live Transport at a demonstration in London, in September 2017.

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Let’s work together on Clean Air

Four sites in Dover scored 8 out of 10 for bad air quality in a BBC pollution warning last July. To help improve the situation, can you help us raise £200 to pay for 10 NO2 air monitors for Dover and Deal, and some particulate matter ones?

We spoke to Dover District Council back in March 2017, to discuss ways to reduce car use and encourage a switch to low emission vehicles.

Dover district has no working electric charging points for cars – Maidstone has 14. Canterbury Green Party with Canterbury Clean Air have taken effective action recently and we’d like to take a leaf out of their book! Please help us if you can – thank you!

This graphic was part of a BBC pollution warning in July 2017. It shows 4 sites in Dover with 8 of 10 for bad air quality.

Please don’t vote for cruel, callous, chaotic extremist Conservatives

Beccy Sawbridge, your local Green Party candidate

Vote for Beccy Sawbridge, your local Green Party candidate

Text of letter sent in to East Kent Mercury:

An irresponsible Conservative government must not be given more power at Westminster in June; our rich country is already the most unequal on this continent.

Beccy and her election agent, Sarah  went with an East Kent Greenpeace delegation to the Paris Climate Summit in December 2015 and demonstrated with tens of thousands of others representing communities worldwide.

The Green Party believes that the dangers to life on Earth have never been more urgent. Civil society, communities, church groups, NGOs and many businesses and unions are stepping up to the plate, to divest fast from fossil fuels, to create an economy for the future and to mitigate the horror for those on the sharp end of climate change.

However, the Conservative Govt at Westminster is siding with Big Oil multinational corporations to protect ‘stranded assets’; while expert scientists worldwide warn of a species collapse.

After Brexit, we want a new Environmental Protection Act and a reformed farming subsidy that puts sustainable, humane agriculture first.

The Conservatives, who brook no democratic opposition, side with privatising healthcare companies and tried to delay the weak, new air pollution regulations until the judges stood up against early deaths and for the health of the people.

Let’s think of future generations and oppose the Conservative stranglehold on our democracy.

The Green Party nationally had 10% of the votes that the Conservatives had in 2015.  If we had a fair voting system, the Green Party would have had 10% of the 330 MPs the Conservatives have had at Westminster; the voice of 20 -30 Green MPs at Westminster to speak out for life on Earth; for a fairer Britain.

We could turn Dover district Green

For the first time, everyone in Dover district will have a chance to vote Green Party in the KCC ELECTIONS on 4 May 2017.

Currently in Dover District, there are no Green Party councillors at Town, District or County level. We think it is time to change that.

Our five candidates

  • Sandwich, Eastry and villages – Aidan Shanks.
  • Deal and Walmer – John Lonsdale.
  • Dover North villages – Nick Fox.
  • Dover Town – Beccy Sawbridge.
  • Dover West villages – Sarah Gleave

Working together for a brighter future

For the last 2 years your local Green Party activists have been working hard on local community initiatives with progressive councillors.

The two big parties are strongly against us getting any representation at all. But we stand with voters who want to be heard not herded by bigger parties more interested in Westminster power-grabs.

Hooray!

Hooray, a chance for the Dover constituency to rid itself of that false, deluding young man. The right Charlie who became our MP in 2010.

The majority didn’t vote for him in 2010 or 2015. Over 28,000 didn’t vote for him and around 22,000 did.

Most of us are less than keen on the far-right and very risky directions taken by the Conservatives since 2015.

This conservative government is seen as grossly irresponsible by people across the political spectrum. From our valued NATO allies to Lord Heseltine and Ken Clark, and all the way across the opposition benches.

Together we can rid ourselves on the 8th June of MPs on the government benches like Charlie. They schmooze with city speculators, plan the slimming of our state, and pretend not to be imposing harsh and divisive austerity measures with their ‘universal credit’. They pretend they’re not rapidly privatising our NHS.

Yes, it is irresponsible to pretend that 250 acres can solve the mayhem for Dover of Britain leaving the customs union in 2019.

Can those of us in the majority, who long for a much more responsible government, and a much more accountable Westminster, find a way to work together? Towards some real ‘One nation’, progressive policies? So that the next generation may inherit a fairer Britain, respected by its allies once again?

We should look into the influence of Big Oil and Putin on our policy-makers, like the US senate has been doing. It is divisive at Easter time to be playing party politics with our beliefs. Politics isn’t a game Teresa, not for the powerless amongst us.

Suggestions to prevent ‘stack’

Scenic Dover deserves infrastructure money much more than London – so Westminster should spend London Green Bridge money here.

We Greens called for a shallow greened-over tunnel from A20 Western Heights / Aycliffe to Eastern docks for freight last year- like the A3 Hindhead tunnel or the M25 Bell common. Air pollution could be taken from tunnel out to sea. A better plan would diversify and redirect freight across the southeast using more ports, and by using RAIL links.

Big new roads and developments are just starting along A2 near Whitfield – If they want to put more freight on A2 it would need a fly-over or under at Duke of York’s roundabout for local traffic.

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The planned lorry park at Stanford will prevent much-needed sustainable, radical solutions being put in place. It would not reduce air pollution and eat up 250 acres of farmland.

Progressive Alliance; the alternative to destructive conservatives post referendum ?

Natalie Bennett our Green Party star who was national leader 2012 –16 came to speak in Deal on 21 November 2016 on this subject, at the  Astor Community Theatre.

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There needs to be real constructive opposition and Caroline Lucas reached out to others in the Labour and Lib dem parties in July to suggest a Progressive Alliance. A cast iron commitment to making votes count, i.e. proportional representation is key.

A prog alliance would see discussions amongst Greens, Labour and LibDems in constituencies across the UK  in the lead up to the next General Election.

Libdem Vince Cable and Labour shadow minister Clive Lewis are some of the many who believe we need to come together for more accountable, inclusive govt than that  provided by the the risk-addicted conservatives. (The investigation of election expenses cheating in 29 conservative seats continues.)