Manchester https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk Wed, 29 Nov 2023 16:24:36 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.4.2 https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2019/04/cropped-gp_169_logo-1-32x32.jpg Manchester https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk 32 32 Manchester Greens join cross-party call for lasting peace in Gaza https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/2023/11/29/manchester-greens-join-cross-party-call-for-lasting-peace-in-gaza/ Wed, 29 Nov 2023 11:46:02 +0000 https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/?p=1887 Read More... from Manchester Greens join cross-party call for lasting peace in Gaza

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Manchester Greens joined with the city’s Labour, Liberal Democrat and independent councillors this morning to issue a cross-party call for peace in Gaza.

The city’s Green councillors joined colleagues in calling for a sustained ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, with the two sides having observed a temporary ceasefire since 24 November.

The statement, announced at today’s Manchester City Council meeting, aims to ease community tensions in the wake of the conflict, which has caused a sharp rise in antisemitic and Islamophobic attacks across Greater Manchester.

Cllr Astrid Johnson, leader of the Green Party on Manchester City Council, said: “The Green group, the Labour group, the Lib Dem group, and our independent councillor Amna Abdullatif are united in calling for a lasting ceasefire now. 

“The killings have to stop. The killing of children must stop. There is no military solution. This call comes not from a weak place, but a strong one. We know that we must come to a peaceful solution. The path to peace will be difficult, especially after recent events in the Middle East, but violence only breeds violence.

“We call on the government and the main opposition party Labour to listen to the people of Manchester and their elected representatives. In our city we can do our part by healing the pain between different communities and ensuring mutual love and respect.”

The statement by Manchester’s 96 councillors calls for the UK government to work for a ‘long-term ceasefire on all sides’ of the conflict, and an international effort to bring about the creation of a Palestinian state.

Councillors have also pledged to engage with the city’s interfaith leaders to promote dialogue and cohesion, and offer their support to create a ‘safe and tolerant’ community without threats of violence or prejudice.

The statement from Manchester City Council read: “In the face of the horrific violence of the last few weeks and growing concerns in the West Bank, we are clear that a lasting peace is the only way to guarantee the dignity and security which both Palestinians and Israelis deserve.

“As a council, we have the responsibility to create a safe city for people of all backgrounds and faiths. We have a duty to support all communities impacted by the events in Israel and Palestine. We must ensure that people feel comfortable and safe accessing vital local services.

“As politicians we recognise that residents of Manchester are appalled by the loss of life in Israel and Palestine, and come together united in these difficult times.

“Manchester will continue to be a strong and consistent advocate for justice, human rights and international law and condemn the unacceptable use of violence towards civilians everywhere.

“Manchester is a city that knows the importance of coming together as one to support each other, and restates [that] we are stronger when we stand together.”

Cllr Ekua Bayunu, deputy leader of the Greens on Manchester City Council, added: “This statement is not ours. It is rooted in the passion, the energy, the deep-rooted desire for justice that our residents demand from us. 

“It bears witness to every march, to every vigil; to every letter written to our MPs, to our councillors, to our union leaders; to every penny raised by ordinary – no, extraordinary – people for humanitarian aid for people we will never meet.

“It is the words of the people that matter. This is your statement, and this is the beginning of our response.”

At today’s council meeting, Greens also supported a motion to raise awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

FASD is a brain and body disability caused when a pregnant woman consumes alcohol, interfering with an unborn child’s brain development.

The motion aims to make the council’s services more conscious of FASD, which affects up to 4% of Greater Manchester’s population.

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Notes to editors: 

The Green Party is the joint opposition party on Manchester City Council with four councillors. The Green group leader is Cllr Astrid Johnson. The deputy leader is Cllr Ekua Bayunu.

The four Green councillors on the council are Cllr Astrid Johnson, Cllr Anastasia Wiest and Cllr Rob Nunney, who represent the ward of Woodhouse Park, and Cllr Ekua Bayunu who has a seat in Hulme.

Manchester City Council is formed of 87 Labour members, four Greens, four Liberal Democrats, and one independent.

Cllr Astrid Johnson will be available for interview upon request. 

For further information, please contact Chris Ogden at press@manchester.greenparty.org.uk.

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Green councillors call for unity over Gaza conflict https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/2023/10/23/green-councillors-call-for-unity-over-gaza-conflict/ Mon, 23 Oct 2023 18:07:51 +0000 https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/?p=1875 Read More... from Green councillors call for unity over Gaza conflict

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Manchester Green Party councillors have called for unity over the conflict in Gaza from across all political parties in Manchester.

The city’s four Green councillors have issued a joint statement to acknowledge the impact the current war in Gaza is having on communities across Manchester.

The councillors issuing the statement are Cllrs Astrid Johnson, Ekua Bayunu, Rob Nunney and Anastasia Wiest.

The statement reads as follows:

“We support the statement issued by the Green Party of England and Wales calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and the removal of the blockade of food, water and fuel, and the forced displacement of the civilian population.

“We urge our colleagues across the political spectrum in Manchester to join in this call and to acknowledge the impact these mass killings of Palestinian and Israeli civilians have on our communities across the city.

“We condemn anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, Afriphobia and all forms of racism, and support our citizens who have joined in peaceful protest to demand the Tory government, the Labour Party in opposition and the international community put pressure on the Israeli government to act in accordance with international law.

“We condemn the actions of Hamas.

“We also fully support the solution offered by Carne Ross, Green Party spokesperson for Global Solidarity, in calling for ‘an urgent and vigorous international effort to bring about the creation of a Palestinian state, allowing Israel and Palestine to exist safely within their own borders’.”

For further information, please contact Chris Ogden at press@manchester.greenparty.org.uk.

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Manchester Greens urge greater ambition from Labour as council calls for general election https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/2023/10/04/manchester-greens-urge-greater-ambition-from-labour-as-council-calls-for-general-election/ Wed, 04 Oct 2023 11:19:32 +0000 https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/?p=1866 Read More... from Manchester Greens urge greater ambition from Labour as council calls for general election

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The Green Party has urged Labour to set out a more positive vision for Manchester’s future as the Conservatives conclude their conference in the city today.

The Greens successfully managed to pass an amendment to Labour’s motion calling for an immediate general election, specifically highlighting the Tories’ recent rollback of climate policies.

Speaking for the amendment, Green councillors outlined their proposed priorities for the future, including better public transport, building safer, more energy-efficient homes, and creating a comprehensive plan for green jobs and skills.

Cllr Astrid Johnson, leader of the Green Party on Manchester City Council, said: “We know that the climate and nature crisis affects all, but particularly children and especially those from poor and low-income families. The Government’s net-zero rollback is economic and environmental vandalism, and unforgivable.

“But would it not be more productive to lay out a positive vision for the future? Would a positive vision for change not make a change of government more likely?

“Let’s stop the negativity and whining about the past, but show ambition and create some hope. Let’s work together for a brighter and healthier future, for us and our children.”

Demonstrating this vision, Greens also successfully passed a motion to expand Manchester City Council’s use of selective licensing, which aims to improve conditions for renters by requiring all private landlords in designated areas to license their rented properties.

The motion aimed to build on the 13 selective licensing schemes and mandatory licensing of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) that the council already has.

By passing the motion, the council has committed to liaise with the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham to extend the city’s ability to selectively license its private rented stock. Greens urged Labour to commit to licensing more than 20% of that stock.

Cllr Ekua Bayunu, deputy leader of the Greens on Manchester City Council and proposer of the motion, said: “We can no longer afford to let housing be a profit-making business for the few. Ratepayers’ money is lining the pockets of rogue landlords with a very poor service in return.

“Of course we need to build more homes for social renters, and more homes for affordable purchase. However, we also need to ensure that every home that is offered for rent in Manchester is safe, warm, free from damp and mould, and secure for every tenant. Perhaps then the council can say that its strategy is working.”

Cllr Anastasia Wiest, Green councillor in Woodhouse Park and seconder of the motion, said: “As a young person who has only lived in private sector rented accommodation in Manchester, I can vouch for the low quality of some properties.

“Besides improving the standards of living for the people of Manchester, an expansion of selective licensing would also be an opportunity to engage more with landlords around retrofitting their properties, with 84,000 homes needing to be retrofitted.

“This could play an important role in helping to increase the energy efficiency of our housing stock, which is absolutely necessary if we are serious about meeting our goal of making Manchester net-zero by 2038.”

Along with supporting Labour’s motion to make Manchester a ‘Co-operative Council’, Greens at today’s council meeting also put forward a motion against the Tory government’s proposed closure of staffed ticket offices.

The council committed to expressing its support for those taking action to oppose these measures. However, Greens left the meeting disappointed as Labour’s amendment of the motion significantly watered it down.

Cllr Rob Nunney, Green councillor in Woodhouse Park and seconder of the motion, said: “In 2020 transport made up 35% of Manchester’s direct greenhouse gas emissions, the majority from on-road vehicles. Rail travel will be crucial in reducing our emissions and avoiding the worst of what climate breakdown can unleash.

“Therefore everything possible must be done to make rail travel easier, cheaper and the preferred choice over flying and driving. Closing ticket offices is a regressive step which will hinder the most vulnerable people accessing public transport.”

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Notes to editors: 

The Green Party is the joint opposition party on Manchester City Council with four councillors. The Green group leader is Cllr Astrid Johnson. The deputy leader is Cllr Ekua Bayunu.

The four Green councillors on the council are Cllr Astrid Johnson, Cllr Anastasia Wiest and Cllr Rob Nunney, who represent the ward of Woodhouse Park, and Cllr Ekua Bayunu who has a seat in Hulme.

Manchester City Council is formed of 88 Labour members, four Greens, and four Liberal Democrats. 

Cllr Astrid Johnson will be available for interview upon request. 

For further information, please contact Chris Ogden at press@manchester.greenparty.org.uk.

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Manchester Greens call for creation of new Greater Manchester assembly https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/2023/07/12/manchester-greens-call-for-creation-of-new-greater-manchester-assembly/ Wed, 12 Jul 2023 11:41:24 +0000 https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/?p=1837 Read More... from Manchester Greens call for creation of new Greater Manchester assembly

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The Green Party today called on Manchester City Council to ‘dare more democracy’ by backing the creation of a new Greater Manchester assembly.

The Greens put forward a motion at today’s council meeting calling for the replacement of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) with a new devolved authority which will include a directly elected assembly.

This new Greater Manchester Assembly, based on the London Assembly, would have greater powers to scrutinize decisions made by the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, and would be elected by the more proportional Additional Member System

However, the motion fell due to a lack of support from Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors.

Cllr Astrid Johnson, leader of the Green Party on Manchester City Council and proposer of the motion, says: “While devolution to Greater Manchester has been a success, one Mayor and 10 anointed council leaders cannot fully represent our 2.8 million people, a population almost as large as that of Wales.

“Labour may have rejected our call for a new Greater Manchester assembly today, but we’ll keep daring to call for more democracy and giving residents a greater say in how our city region is run.”

However, Greens were able to successfully amend Labour’s motion to make Manchester a Local Authority of Sanctuary.

The amendment calls on the government to increase funding for voluntary organisations supporting refugees, and help local authorities adequately prepare for arriving asylum seekers so councils can ensure their needs can be met.

“We’re pleased that Labour accepted our amendment to their motion to make Manchester a Local Authority of Sanctuary,” Cllr Johnson added.

“Local voluntary and community organisations play a vital role in supporting refugees, and we need more funding to support their work.”

Along with supporting Labour motions on fair tax and capping fees on public transport at a maximum of £2, Greens at today’s council meeting also put forward an emergency motion against the Tory government’s planned closure of manned ticket offices.

The motion, put forward by Cllr Ekua Bayunu, would have supported RMT who are coordinating action to oppose these measures. As Labour declined to suspend standing orders, however, the motion ended up not being heard.

Cllr Bayunu, deputy leader of the Green Party on Manchester City Council, said: “As ever, Labour councillors have failed in their support of our residents by refusing to even hear our emergency motion, rejecting it out of hand.

“Instead of improving the culture of Manchester City Council, Labour continue to allow and encourage a lack of cooperation and collaboration and thus continue to ignore the needs of our residents.”

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Notes to editors: 

The Green Party is the joint opposition party on Manchester City Council with four councillors. The Green group leader is Cllr Astrid Johnson. The deputy leader is Cllr Ekua Bayunu.

The four Green councillors on the council are Cllr Astrid Johnson, Cllr Anastasia Wiest and Cllr Rob Nunney, who represent the ward of Woodhouse Park, and Cllr Ekua Bayunu who has a seat in Hulme.

Manchester City Council is formed of 88 Labour members, four Greens, and four Liberal Democrats. 

Cllr Astrid Johnson will be available for interview upon request. 

For further information, please contact Chris Ogden at press@manchester.greenparty.org.uk.

Image: 56 Oxford Street, Manchester. Credit: Stephen Richards/CC BY-SA 2.0.

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Manchester Greens celebrate election success after winning fourth councillor https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/2023/05/05/manchester-greens-celebrate-election-success-after-winning-fourth-councillor/ Fri, 05 May 2023 11:08:13 +0000 https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/?p=1821 Read More... from Manchester Greens celebrate election success after winning fourth councillor

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Manchester Greens are celebrating a successful set of results in Thursday’s local elections after winning a fourth seat on Manchester City Council.

Anastasia Wiest has become the Green Party’s third councillor in Woodhouse Park, winning the seat from Labour to complete a clean sweep of Green victories in the ward.

Anastasia will join fellow Woodhouse Park councillors Astrid Johnson and Rob Nunney, and Hulme councillor Ekua Bayunu, in representing the Greens in Manchester Town Hall.

Anastasia Wiest, new Green councillor for Woodhouse Park, said: “I’m over the moon to have been elected and thank the residents of Woodhouse Park for putting their faith in me at the ballot box. I promise to work hard to champion the ward and ensure local issues get addressed.

“I’m especially delighted to be able to say that Woodhouse Park has become Manchester’s first-ever all-Green ward! The Green voice is only getting louder here in Manchester.

“I joined the Green Party as it is the only party that recognises that social and environmental justice come hand in hand. I can’t wait to join Astrid, Rob and Ekua in the council chamber to stand up for local people and our environment.”

This year’s local elections proved successful overall for Manchester Green Party, as it remained Manchester’s joint largest opposition party with four councillors.

A full slate of 33 Green candidates stood across Manchester’s 32 wards, with the party finishing second in 15 wards across the city.

Wards where Greens did especially well included Piccadilly and Moss Side, where the party achieved strong second-place results.

Scott Robinson, Chair of Manchester Green Party and the party’s candidate in Piccadilly ward, said: “We’re delighted by these great results. They show that Mancunians have put their trust in the Green Party and our vision of making Manchester a more equal, sustainable and enjoyable place to live.

“Thank you to every voter and campaigner who helped get more Greens elected here. Our councillors will continue to work tirelessly for a fairer, greener Manchester.”

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Notes to editors: 

The Green Party is the second largest party on Manchester City Council with four councillors. The Green group leader is Cllr Astrid Johnson.

Manchester is one of four Greater Manchester boroughs with Green representation. In addition to councillors in Manchester, the Greens have active councillors in Tameside, Stockport and Trafford.

The Green Party currently has over 500 councillors across England and Wales, two members of the House of Lords, three London Assembly members and one Member of Parliament. 

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Chris Ogden on 07719 750 559 or at press@manchester.greenparty.org.uk.

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Manchester Green Party calls for £1 bus fares as it launches 2023 local election campaign https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/2023/04/05/manchester-green-party-calls-for-1-bus-fares-as-it-launches-2023-local-election-campaign/ Wed, 05 Apr 2023 19:08:37 +0000 https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/?p=1719 Read More... from Manchester Green Party calls for £1 bus fares as it launches 2023 local election campaign

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Manchester Green Party has called for £1 single fares on all local bus routes as it launched its campaign for the 2023 local elections.

The Greens, currently the largest opposition group on Manchester City Council with three councillors, will be standing a full slate of candidates across Manchester in the local elections on Thursday 4 May.

The party has also published its 2023 manifesto A Fairer, Greener Manchester as it hopes to get more Greens elected to Manchester Town Hall.

A total of 33 Green candidates will stand across Manchester’s 32 wards, including in Woodhouse Park, where Greens hope to win a third seat and complete their team of councillors in the ward.

Scott Robinson, Chair of Manchester Green Party, said: “We are delighted to offer Manchester residents the opportunity to vote Green by standing 33 exciting candidates right across the city.

“We know how strong the appetite is for Green policies in Manchester after we became the largest opposition party in the city’s council chamber last year.

“We hope that voters will embrace our vision of making Manchester a more equal, sustainable and enjoyable place to live. Let’s make a fairer, greener Manchester!”

All of Manchester Green Party’s candidates are standing on the party’s manifesto, A Fairer, Greener Manchester, which has been drawn up based on policies decided democratically by local party members.

Like last year, this year’s manifesto outlines five key areas that Greens elected in Manchester intend to prioritise over the course of the year ahead. These priorities are:

  1. Treat the climate crisis holistically: Ensure that Manchester City Council’s commitment to tackling climate change and biodiversity loss is a holistic policy priority.
  2. Cut the cost of living: Tackle the rising cost of living by giving Manchester more affordable and energy-efficient homes, investing in the local economy, and calling for the introduction of a Universal Basic Income.
  3. Transform Manchester’s transport: Give Manchester an integrated transport network which prioritises active travel such as walking and cycling, and public transport. The party will call for a £1 single fare on all local bus routes and free bus travel for all under-22s.
  4. Improve health, welfare and opportunities: Ensure better public services, bigger arts and culture, and brighter prospects for life, while giving more Mancunians access to green spaces like gardens, playgrounds and parks.
  5. Stand with migrants and marginalised communities: Show solidarity with Manchester’s migrant and marginalised communities, and support the resettlement of all those fleeing conflict in Manchester.
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Anastasia Wiest, the Green Party’s 2023 candidate in Woodhouse Park.

The Green Party’s best chance of gaining a fourth seat in Manchester is once again in the Wythenshawe ward of Woodhouse Park, where it won a second seat in 2022 — the only seat that opposition parties won in Manchester in last May’s local elections.

Green group leader Cllr Astrid Johnson was elected in the ward last May, and now her colleague Anastasia Wiest is bidding to join her on Manchester City Council.

Anastasia, 27, has been a Green Party member for over two years and recently worked as a natural environment tutor for the environmental charity Groundwork.

“If elected, I would love to be a voice for young people in my ward, who are underrepresented in politics,” Anastasia said. “I also hope I can inspire more people to engage in politics by demonstrating that people should be able to expect active and caring local politicians.

“If we are to enact real change, we need a movement that is inclusive and recognises that social and environmental justice must come hand in hand.

“I’m very proud of what’s already been achieved in Manchester, and hope we can do even more with another voice on the council.”

Manchester Green Party’s 2023 manifesto A Fairer, Greener Manchester is available to view here.

The full list of the party’s 2023 local election candidates, along with their biographies, will soon be available to view here.

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Notes to editors: 

The Green Party is the second largest party on Manchester City Council with three councillors. The Green group leader is Cllr Astrid Johnson.

Manchester is one of four Greater Manchester boroughs with Green representation. In addition to three councillors in Manchester, the Greens have active councillors in Tameside, Stockport and Trafford.

The Green Party currently has over 500 councillors across England and Wales, two members of the House of Lords, three London Assembly members and one Member of Parliament. 

For further information, please contact Chris Ogden at press@manchester.greenparty.org.uk.

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Green Party becomes official Manchester City Council opposition as Labour councillor joins the Greens https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/2022/07/01/green-party-becomes-official-manchester-city-council-opposition-as-labour-councillor-joins-the-greens/ Fri, 01 Jul 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/?p=1657 Read More... from Green Party becomes official Manchester City Council opposition as Labour councillor joins the Greens

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The Green Party has today (1 July) announced it will become the official opposition on Manchester City Council following the decision of a Labour councillor to join the Greens. 

In a letter to her constituents, Hulme Councillor Ekua Bayunu announced her resignation from Manchester’s Labour Party and that she has joined the Green Party, taking the group’s number of councillors to three. 

Today’s announcement coincides with a visit from Carla Denyer, the Co-Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, who is visiting Manchester to congratulate the local Green Party on becoming the official opposition. 

Cllr Ekua Bayunu will continue her work as a Green Councillor for Hulme, where she was elected to serve in May 2021.

In a letter to residents, Cllr Bayunu said: “I have felt hampered in my ambition to serve you all to the best of my ability. I have felt constantly at odds with the culture of the Labour Party. To serve you better and to be able to do more for you I have made a big decision.

“I have found a new home, a new hope, a group committed to working with local people and that is the Green Party.” 

Asking for the support of the local community during the transition, Cllr Bayunu has reaffirmed her commitment to supporting local issues in Hulme, including helping to build a greener community, fighting for local housing affordability, and helping with new parking schemes. 

Welcoming the move, Scott Robinson, Co-Chair of Manchester Green Party, said: “We are delighted to welcome Councillor Ekua Bayunu to Manchester Green Party, and we look forward to having her join our two other councillors in making Manchester a greener, fairer place to live. 

“Cllr Bayunu’s move to join the Greens is another sign that the Labour Party is failing in its commitment to Manchester residents, and we will work alongside Cllr Bayunu to fight tirelessly for the residents of Hulme, alongside our work across the whole of Manchester to improve the lives of residents in the city-area.” 

Cllr Astrid Johnson, Leader of the Green Group on Manchester City Council, added: “The recent election success of the Greens nationally has allowed more people to find the Green Party as their home. We are delighted to welcome Ekua and look forward to working with her in the council chamber to address urgent issues such as climate change and the cost of living crisis.” 

Carla Denyer, Co-Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales (and a councillor in Bristol), said: “A warm welcome to Ekua! We are seeing a steady stream of councillors moving to the Greens from other parties as they discover where their hearts lie and see Green councillors working hard to make their communities greener and fairer.”

The move takes the Green Party’s number of councillors in Manchester to three, meaning they are now the second largest party in the Labour-held council, which had previously had no official opposition with both the Greens and Liberal Democrats having two councillors. 

Cllr Bayunu will join the Green Party’s Woodhouse Park Councillors Rob Nunney, first elected in 2021, and Cllr Astrid Johnson who joined Rob in the chamber in 2022.

Following the announcement, Manchester City Council will now be formed of 91 Labour members, three Greens, and two Liberal Democrats.

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Greens win second councillor in Woodhouse Park https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/2022/05/06/greens-win-second-councillor-in-woodhouse-park/ Fri, 06 May 2022 12:07:50 +0000 https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/?p=1649 Read More... from Greens win second councillor in Woodhouse Park

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The Green Party have secured a new Councillor following the results of the Manchester City Council local elections.

Astrid Johnson received 1,345 votes gaining the seat in Woodhouse Park from Labour who received 1,150 votes.

Johnson will join Cllr Rob Nunney, who was last year elected as the Green Party’s first Councillor in Manchester since 2008.

Astrid Johnson, new Councillor for Woodhouse Park said: “I am absolutely delighted by the result and thank the residents of Woodhouse Park for putting their faith in me to serve their needs. I promise to work hard to champion the ward and ensure local issues get addressed.

“I’d like to thank all the Green Party volunteers who have worked tirelessly to speak to voters in Woodhouse Park and listen to residents’ needs, and I am so pleased to be joining Cllr Rob Nunney in the council chamber to bolster representation of the Green Party in Manchester.”

Scott Robinson, Co-Chair of Manchester Green Party, added: “Astrid worked hard to help Rob get elected to the council last year, and has continued to listen to the needs of residents in Woodhouse Park in her own campaign. Astrid truly cares about the residents of Woodhouse Park and the wider city and has long campaigned for more Green representation.

“Together Astrid and Rob will be a strong force for Woodhouse Park in the council chamber, and will ensure green issues are front and centre of conversations within the Council.”

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Manchester Green Party announces candidates for 2022 local elections https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/2022/04/06/manchester-green-party-announces-candidates-for-2022-local-elections/ Wed, 06 Apr 2022 16:15:18 +0000 https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/?p=1600 Read More... from Manchester Green Party announces candidates for 2022 local elections

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Manchester Green Party has announced its candidates standing across Manchester for the local elections on Thursday 5 May where it will be contesting all but one of the available seats.

The party, which celebrated its first local election victory in Manchester since 2004 in the 2021 local elections, has also published its 2022 manifesto as it hopes to get more Greens elected to join Cllr Rob Nunney on Manchester City Council.

A total of 31 Green candidates will stand across 31 of Manchester’s 32 wards, including in Woodhouse Park, where Greens hope to gain a second seat in the ward.

Scott Robinson and Norm Cassidy, Co-Chairs of Manchester Green Party, said: “We are delighted to offer Manchester residents the opportunity to vote Green by standing 31 exciting candidates right across the city.

“We received the second highest number of votes of any party in Manchester in the 2021 local elections, which shows there is a strong appetite here for Green policies. We are confident that, over the next few years, we can channel that desire to become Manchester’s main opposition party in the council chamber.

“We hope that voters will embrace our vision of making Manchester a more equal, sustainable and enjoyable place to live. The time is now!”

All of Manchester Green Party’s candidates are standing on the party’s manifesto, The Time Is Now, which has been drawn up based on policies decided democratically by local party members.

This year’s manifesto outlines five key areas that Greens elected in Manchester intend to prioritise over the course of the year ahead. These priorities are:

  1. Treat the climate crisis holistically: Ensure that Manchester City Council’s commitment to tackling climate change and biodiversity loss is a holistic policy priority
  2. Make living more affordable: Tackle the rising cost of living by giving Manchester more affordable and energy-efficient homes, investing in the local economy, and calling for the introduction of a Universal Basic Income
  3. Transform Manchester’s transport: Give Manchester an integrated transport network which prioritises active travel such as walking and cycling, and public transport
  4. Improve health, welfare and opportunities: Ensure better public services, bigger arts and culture, and brighter prospects for life, while giving more Mancunians access to green spaces like gardens, playgrounds and parks
  5. Stand with Ukraine: Show solidarity with Manchester’s Ukrainian community and support the resettlement of all those fleeing conflict in Manchester
Astrid Johnson, the Green Party’s Woodhouse Park candidate.

The Green Party’s best chance of gaining a second seat in Manchester is in the Woodhouse Park ward in Wythenshawe, where it won with 48% of the vote in 2021 – the only seat that opposition parties won in last year’s local elections.

Cllr Rob Nunney has been serving the ward’s residents since last May, and now his colleague Astrid Johnson is bidding to join him on Manchester City Council.

Johnson runs her own graphic design business working with the NHS along with many charities. She has been working closely with Nunney in Wythenshawe for almost four years now, and is keen to turn up the volume on local issues.

Johnson said: “When the Green Party won in Woodhouse Park last year, it showed how much residents felt they needed change.

“I’ve been campaigning with Rob in the ward for several years now, and I believe that as a team we are really making a difference.

“I would love to get elected to join Rob on the council. Together we can help Greens achieve even more in Manchester and give Woodhouse Park an even stronger voice.”

Manchester is one of four Greater Manchester boroughs with Green representation. In addition to one councillor in Woodhouse Park, the Greens have active councillors in Tameside, Stockport and Trafford, where it currently holds all three seats in Altrincham.

The Green Party currently has 447 councillors across England and Wales, two members of the House of Lords, three London Assembly members and one Member of Parliament. 

Manchester Green Party’s 2022 manifesto The Time Is Now is available to view here.

The full list of the party’s 2022 local election candidates, along with their biographies, is available to view here.

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Green Peer Natalie Bennett visits Manchester Green Party https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/2021/12/04/green-peer-natalie-bennett-visits-manchester-green-party/ Sat, 04 Dec 2021 13:52:48 +0000 https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/?p=1481 Read More... from Green Peer Natalie Bennett visits Manchester Green Party

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Cllr Rob Nunney, Natalie Bennett (centre), and Astrid Johnson.

Manchester Green Party welcomed Green Peer Natalie Bennett to the annual general meeting (AGM) in November, where members heard Natalie speak about her insights following attendance at COP26 in Glasgow.

Natalie, who was Leader of the Green Party from 2012 to 2016, joined for the in-person event in Manchester City Centre and took questions from members, alongside offering a fascinating insight into her work as a member of the House of Lords.

Speaking at the meeting, Natalie Bennett said: “The thing that inspired me most about COP26 was the fringe events where young people stood up for the planet and where people marched in their thousands to say no to fossil fuels.

“For me, this was the ‘alternative COP’, the one where the really amazing work was happening, not in the Blue Zone where politicians debated.

“We must remember that the UK is still chair of COP26 until Egypt takes over next year, and we must use this time to make good on the promises made at COP and make the vital policy changes now.”

Natalie expressed her hopes of the Green Party increasing its councillors in Manchester, of which it currently holds one seat after winning Woodhouse Park at the Manchester City Council elections in May 2021.

“Greens in Manchester can be the official opposition. This is an enormously exciting time to be in the Green Party, and this is the time to get out the message of hope – of a Universal Basic Income, a four-day week, and policies that create a society that works for all.”

November’s AGM also confirmed the committee for Manchester Green Party for 2021/22 following an internal election and saw members have the opportunity to ask questions, find out more about volunteering and the local party’s plans for the Local Elections in 2022.

Members in attendance at the hybrid AGM

Newly elected Co-Chairs Norm Cassidy and Scott Robinson, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Baroness Bennett to Manchester to hear her fascinating stories of working in the House of Lords, and to find out more about her experiences at COP26.

“Manchester Green Party is always delighted to host distinguished speakers from the Green Party, and we were pleased to run a hybrid in-person and online event for the very first time, allowing members to come together and participate whether at home or at the venue.

“We now have a strong committee of volunteers in place for 2021/22, which will guide the local Party through the upcoming 2022 Local Elections where we will once again be looking to stand candidates in every ward across Manchester.”

Anyone who is interested in becoming a member of the Green Party and getting involved locally, can sign up here – or contact our membership team for more information. 

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