Saturday, 22 August 2015

22 Aug 2015 Greens join TTIP action in Maidstone

38 Degrees activists campaigning in Week St  against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) today were joined by local Green Party members. The Green Party is the only party opposing TTIP which will allow US companies to sue the UK Government using US law. Stuart Jeffery, Secretary of Maidstone Green Party and Fant Ward Candidate and Hannah Patton, former Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Maidstone met with campaigners to support the action.

Stuart Jeffery, Secretary of Maidstone Green Party and Fant Ward Candidate: "TTIP will be a disaster for democracy, environment protection, workplace law and will ensure that the remainder of our public services are privatised.

"The US laws on the environment and and worker protection are far more lax than the UK laws yet TTIP will allow US companies to sue our government using US laws. This is already happening in Australia which has signed a similar deal.

"The Green Party is the only party opposed to TTIP and we have been campaigning alongside 38 Degrees to stop this deal."



Links to photos:

https://flic.kr/p/xCAcwS
https://flic.kr/p/wHTGff

Thursday, 6 August 2015

7th Aug 2015: Greens announce Stuart Jeffery as by-election candidate for Fant Ward

Maidstone Greens have announced Stuart Jeffery as their candidate in the forthcoming local by-election for Fant Ward on Maidstone Borough Council. Stuart came close to winning the seat last year, missing out by just 83 votes.

Stuart Jeffery: "Fant and Maidstone urgently need a Green voice. The council are backing ever increasing, but unnecessarily high, housing numbers and are then building unaffordable executive houses on farmland around the town. I will continue to argue for affordable homes on brownfield sites, of which there are many.

"A Green voice is also needed to balance the car centric voices on the council. Our roads are gridlocked and air pollution kills an estimated 72 people each year in Maidstone while pedestrians and cyclists are increasingly marginalised. This has to change.

"I am proud to be given the chance to be that strong Green voice on the council and I will be working flat out over the coming weeks to win this election."



Notes: Current photo of Stuart: https://www.flickr.com/photos/38981733@N06/19892031199