Green council leader wins prestigious award

Green Council Leader wins prestigious LGA award Green Leader of Brighton and Hove Council, Phelim Maccafferty, has won the prestigious Local Government Association Clarence Barrett Award. The Clarence Barrett Award is the highest award presented to LGA Independent Group Members, and recognises those councillors who go above and beyond in their work, to contribute something […]

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Green Councillors criticise new Department for ‘Levelling Up’

Following the Government’s announcement of Michael Gove’s appointment as Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and the removal of ‘Local Government’ from his ministerial title, Green Councillors call for re-affirmation and acknowledgement of the crucial role of local councils. Greens welcome the idea of better funding communities. The Government’s definition however, falls […]

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Hundreds of local people could lose right to vote under unfair Elections Bill, warns Green councillor

Hundreds of voters who live in the Stroud area could lose their right to vote if the government’s Elections Bill, which goes back to the House of Commons for its second reading on 7 September, becomes law, Stroud District Green Party is warning. “The Bill’s stated aim is to ensure that UK elections remain ‘secure, […]

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Lib Dem Councillor joins Greens in Bath and NE Somerset to “rejoin her true political home”

Bath and North East Somerset’s Councillor Joanna Wright has rejoined the party after a two year period as a member of the Liberal Democrats. Her defection resulted from disillusionment with the Liberal Democrats’ handling of active travel schemes on the council, which she considered to contravene commitments set out by the Party in their 2019 […]

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Green Councillors leave their mark on council budgets

Green Councillors have had quite an influence on Council budgets across the country in this year’s budget-setting process. Where Green are in Power, they have been able to secure investment for ambitious Green Recovery plans. In Brighton & Hove, the Green-led Council has approved its budget for 2021-22 (with support from labour and conservative councillors), […]

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Saving the Planet in Brighton: one draughty home at a time

Below is a summary of an article written by Green Councillor Siriol Hugh-Jones and published in Sussex Bylines on 29th January 2021 Much has been said about the benefits of ‘retrofitting’ – the process by which old, draughty homes are brought up to standard and made more energy-efficient. This year Brighton & Hove’s Housing Committee […]

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What a Green in the Room can achieve on a finely balanced council

Cllr Simon Grover was asked to write a short piece about being St Albans District Council’s only Green councillor, and leader of the 5-strong Independent & Green group. Ever keen on recycling, we thought we’d pop it on here too. “I want to be in the room where it happens”, sings frustrated politician Aaron Burr […]

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