Manchester https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/ Tue, 11 Jun 2024 21:22:36 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.5.4 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 Green Party announces candidates for 2024 general election https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/2024/06/11/manchester-green-party-announces-candidates-for-2024-general-election/ Tue, 11 Jun 2024 21:19:31 +0000 https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/?p=2003 The Green Party has announced its candidates for the six Manchester constituencies at the upcoming general Election on Thursday 4th July. [...]

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The Green Party has announced its candidates for the six Manchester constituencies at the upcoming general election on Thursday 4th July.

The six candidates selected by Manchester Green Party members are:

  • Blackley and Middleton South – Dylan Lewis-Creser
  • Gorton and Denton – Amanda Gardner
  • Manchester Central – Ekua Bayunu
  • Manchester Withington – Sam Easterby-Smith
  • Manchester Rusholme – Thirza Asanga-Rae
  • Wythenshawe and Sale East – Melanie Earp

Scott Robinson, Chair of Manchester Green Party, said, “In recent years, more and more people have realised that far from being just about the environment, the Green Party stands for a way of doing politics totally differently and for pragmatic, proven policies that can transform our country.

“It’s clear for everyone to see that our country is in a total mess: politics as usual hasn’t worked. We need a new approach. That’s why the Green Party has grown so rapidly – we’ve seen a surge in Green Party politicians elected at all levels over the last couple of years, and we can see the same at this general election.

“Only the Green Party has a credible plan to sort out all of the major problems we face. Tackling the cost of living crisis also means rapid action to tackle the climate emergency, and both of these things connect to building a much fairer Britain.

“If you agree with us that the time has come for a genuinely different approach that will get Britain back on its feet after the turmoil of recent years, please vote Green on 4th July for real hope and real change.”

Our key policy areas

Climate and Nature
We will defend nature and urgently tackle the climate emergency, with an understanding that protecting our planet will also lead to better lives for all our citizens.

Housing
Affordable homes for everyone, in the right place and protection for renters through rent controls and an end to no-fault evictions.

Gaza
We have consistently called for a ceasefire and the release of all hostages since the beginning of the current conflict between Israel and Palestine, and will continue to do so as parliamentarians.

Standard of Living
We support common-sense steps like increasing Universal Credit by £40 a week and bringing up the minimum wage to £15 an hour for everyone over 16.

NHS
Push for proper funding to bring down waiting times and ensure everybody can see a GP & dentist.

Water Quality
We will protect our seas and rivers from sewage dumping by bringing water companies back into public hands.

Our candidates

Dylan Lewis-Creser (Blackley and Middleton South)

I am standing in Blackley & Middleton South because we deserve politicians who will stand up for people and planet over profit, and who will represent their communities faithfully in Parliament.

As a Green Party MP, I would be free to stand up and vote with my conscience and in line with your views, rather than having my vote decided for me by party leadership. With a vote for me, you get a vote for principled politics, supporting social justice and fighting for a fairer Britain.

We deserve better from our politics, and I am determined to offer that in Blackley & Middleton South. On the 4th July, vote for principles – vote Green.

Amanda Gardner (Gorton and Denton)

Amanda was born and raised in Denton, now living in Levenshulme within the Denton & Gorton constituency. Working in the Health and Safety sector with a focus on residential fire safety, she is an advocate for tighter regulations for landlords – namely energy improvements to living standards and energy efficiency.

Amanda is a keen gardener such is her moniker, and as a former chef loves to cook and bake for her friends and family. Amanda wants a focus on well-connected travel links around the constituency that benefit everyone who lives there, either by taking cars off the road to relieve congestion with fully functioning and accessible railway lines and bus corridors, or promoting safe walking and cycling routes for those who are able.

If elected, Amanda would strive to tackle the inequality felt by the residents of Denton and Gorton across the constituency, advocating for cleaner streets, support with the cost of living, and a focus on fairer housing.

Ekua Bayunu (Manchester Central)

I served on Manchester City Council for 3 years as a Manchester Central councillor and Deputy Leader of the Green Group of councillors.

I can now focus this experience on serving the wider communities of Manchester Central. I will be proud to be your advocate in Westminster and because the Green Party knows that there is no climate justice without social justice, I can make pledges that help both people and planet.

I am a 62yr old woman of mixed Nigerian and Irish heritage, born and raised in England, who has lived and worked across Manchester for the last 31 years. I am Muslim, Christian, queer and socialist.

I moved to Central Manchester with 2 young children, who went on to study at Salford and Manchester Metropolitan Universities and now have children of their own. As a grandparent I believe its our duty to consider the needs of future generations and it’s this foundation of responsibility that led me to joining the Green Party.

I chair and am a founding member of Global Arts Manchester, an arts organisation which promotes systemic and structural change through the arts. I am also a practising artist in my own right.

I am a passionate housing activist, long term member of the Moss Side branch of Greater Manchester Tenants Union and I also chair the Union’s anti-racism committee helping ensure the union serves all its membership and also supports our engagement in the wider community of active antiracist work being done across the city region.

Thirza Asanga-Rae (Manchester Rusholme)

Thirza Amina Asanga-Rae is a Nigeria born UK national and a parent governor at a local primary school where she also set up the PTA. As a housing community organiser with GMTU, she has seen first hand the housing crisis we face. She founded a charity that seeks to stop the school to prison pipeline that young people face in inner cities.

Thirza’s passion lies in social justice. This has fueled a lifetime of activism, from representing members as a trade union officer in the railway industry for over 20 years to becoming active in mainstream politics, chairing local women committees and most recently campaigning in local elections. She has lived in Moss Side since early childhood and understands the needs of Manchester Rusholme.

Sam Easterby-Smith (Manchester Withington)

Sam is our candidate for Manchester Withington, also covering Ladybarn, Old Moat, Chorlton and Didsbury. Sam has lived in Withington itself for over 10 years and is extremely proud to be standing up for our community in the General Election.

Sam is particularly focussed on walking, cycling and public transport. Ensuring that our streets are safe and livable for people. He is a firm advocate for building sustainable transport infrastructure from cycleways to railways, to achieve our long term climate and mobility goals. He’s not one to shy away from controversial topics, and was a strong advocate for the Withington Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme.

Sam also supports the preservation and creation of green spaces. He campaigns locally to improve access to parks and nature.

Professionally, Sam is a software engineer and has a deep understanding of the tech industry. He is working with the Green Party on our Digital Bill of Rights: to ensure fairness, equality, privacy and safety from the digital services and devices that we all rely on.

Melanie Earp (Wythenshawe and Sale East)

Mel has experience of being a parliamentary candidate, having run in Manchester Central against Lucy Powell in 2019. She has also been a candidate in Hulme in local elections.

Mel is best known for being the Green Party candidate for Greater Manchester Mayor in 2021, standing against Andy Burnham. In that election she attended 27 hustings and numerous radio, TV and newspaper interviews setting out the Green vision for our city region.

Elsewhere in the Green Party, Mel is the Co-Chair of Green Party Regional Council and a member of Standing Orders Committee.

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Manchester Greens celebrate positive local election results after defending seat https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/2024/05/03/manchester-greens-celebrate-positive-local-election-results-after-defending-seat/ Fri, 03 May 2024 15:00:00 +0000 https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/?p=1815 Manchester Greens are celebrating a positive set of results in Thursday’s local elections after successfully defending a seat. [...]

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Manchester Greens are celebrating a positive set of results in Thursday’s local elections after successfully defending a seat. The party now has three councillors representing the party in Manchester Town Hall.

Cllr Rob Nunney was re-elected in the Wythenshawe ward of Woodhouse Park, making it four wins in a row for the Greens in the ward and maintaining the ward’s full slate of three Green councillors.

Scott Robinson came close to becoming the Green Party’s first councillor in Piccadilly, while the party also achieved strong second-place results in wards like Deansgate.

There was one sad result for the Greens, however, as Cllr Ekua Bayunu’s seat in Hulme returned to Labour after she served two years as a Green councillor. She joined the Greens in 2022 after she was elected as a Labour councillor in 2021.

Although Manchester Greens didn’t gain a seat this year, the local elections proved promising overall for the party, as it remained Manchester’s most popular opposition party.

A full slate of 33 Green candidates stood across Manchester’s 32 wards, with the party winning a record 17.9% of the vote and finishing second place in 14 wards across the city.

Cllr Astrid Johnson, Leader of the Green Party on Manchester City Council, said: “Overall, these results give us plenty of optimism. They show that people here in Manchester have put their trust in the Green Party – they know we do politics differently and put local people and our environment first.

“Congratulations to my colleague Rob on his re-election – he will continue to give his all to address the issues that matter most to residents.

“Thank you to every voter and campaigner who helped get 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 are the second largest opposition party on Manchester City Council with three councillors. The Green group leader is Cllr Astrid Johnson.

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

The Green Party now has over 800 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 at press@manchester.greenparty.org.uk.

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Greens urge Manchester to lead on climate by banning high-carbon advertising https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/2024/03/23/greens-urge-manchester-to-lead-on-climate-by-banning-high-carbon-advertising/ Sat, 23 Mar 2024 11:53:16 +0000 https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/?p=1908 Manchester Greens have urged Manchester City Council to take the lead on climate action by banning the advertisement of high-carbon products. [...]

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Manchester Greens have urged Manchester City Council to take the lead on climate action by banning the advertisement of high-carbon products.

At today’s full council meeting, the city’s Green councillors proposed a motion calling on the council to stop all promotion of high-carbon products such as fossil fuel-powered cars and flights on council-owned advertising units.

The motion, which was rejected without amendment by Labour, aimed to get Manchester to follow other city councils like Sheffield and Coventry who have explored restricting such advertising to help them reach their zero-carbon targets.

Cllr Anastasia Wiest, Green councillor for Woodhouse Park ward, said: “Manchester City Council has made clear its commitment to take the climate crisis seriously, stating that we will be a zero carbon city by 2038.

“The messaging of high-carbon adverts is contradictory to our own stated goals and principles, and it makes no sense that we allow them while purporting to act in the best interests of the climate and our citizens.”

Manchester City Council owns just a small proportion of advertising units across Manchester, but the city has successfully managed to implement prohibitions on advertisements for gambling, smoking, vaping and high fat, salt and sugary foods.

The motion called on the council to review its advertising agreements immediately to look into the possibility of including a similar prohibition on advertising high-carbon products.

It also encouraged the council to work with partners at Transport for Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and other borough councils to uniformly apply the policy throughout Greater Manchester.

Green councillor Rob Nunney, who seconded the motion, said: ”Manchester City Council is on track to hit its target of net zero carbon emissions from its own activities. However, it is proving more difficult to get Manchester on track to reach its target as a city, and we are far behind where we need to be. 

“It makes no sense to allow advertising on our own billboards of flying, fossil-fueled SUVs or of fossil fuel companies themselves. We have the power to use the influence of advertising so that it helps towards a brighter future for all.”

At today’s council meeting, Greens also supported independent councillor Amna Abdullatif’s motion which aimed to uphold the right to protest – a right which has received renewed attention in the wake of the current crisis in Gaza.

In recent years, the government has passed legislation which significantly restricts the right to peaceful protest, such as the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Act and the Public Order Act.

It has now successfully passed a statutory instrument to introduce a new definition of ‘serious disruption’, giving police the power to impose restrictions on protests if it could result in a ‘more than minor’ hindrance to day-to-day activities.

The motion, seconded by Green councillor Ekua Bayunu, and passed as amended by Labour, committed the council to write to the Home Secretary James Cleverly in opposition to the government’s ‘authoritarian’ actions.

Cllr Bayunu, deputy leader of the Greens on Manchester City Council, said: “What this Tory government fails to understand is that it is our responsibility as politicians to protect our citizens’ right to hold us to account outside of the ballot box.

“We are all appalled by the awful Islamophobic tropes that have been spouted by this Tory government in an attempt to shore up this disgusting attack on all our civil liberties. I hope we will all join in this action to condemn it.”

Cllr Astrid Johnson, leader of the Green Party on Manchester City Council, added: “The government is seeking ‘strategic ambiguity’ in its legislation which provides the flexibility for it to act against groups as it sees fit.

“This is deeply disturbing at any point in history, but particularly at a time when so many people across the world and in Manchester feel such a powerful sense of anger and injustice at recent geopolitical events.

“This destabilises democracy. The government has no power to guarantee the virtue of any future government which may exploit ambiguous legislation to even further erode civil liberties.”

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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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Greens lead call to give all Manchester residents right to vote https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/2024/01/31/greens-lead-call-to-give-all-manchester-residents-right-to-vote/ Wed, 31 Jan 2024 12:00:00 +0000 https://manchester.greenparty.org.uk/?p=1897 Manchester Greens have today led the call for all Manchester residents to be given the right to vote, no matter where they are from. [...]

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Manchester Greens have today led the call for all Manchester residents to be given the right to vote, no matter where they are from.

The city’s Green councillors, alongside independent councillor Amna Abdullatif, proposed a motion calling on the government to extend local election rights in England and Northern Ireland to all qualifying foreign nationals, in line with rules in Scotland and Wales.

The motion, passed with Labour backing at today’s Manchester City Council meeting, looked to support the many Mancunians set to lose their right to vote in local elections due to government changes.

Cllr Ekua Bayunu, deputy leader of the Green Party on Manchester City Council, said: “All our residents bring infinite value to Manchester, no matter where they were born. 37% of Mancunians were born abroad and 12% are from the European Union (EU). They live, work, study, make use of public services, and call Manchester their home.

“When we charge them council tax, we do not discriminate based on anyone’s nationality. So why should the right to vote which shapes who your representatives are and how your council tax is spent be a privilege reserved to only some nationalities?”

The motion comes in response to the government’s Elections Act, which has brought changes to EU citizens’ voting rights.

Currently, all British, Irish, and Commonwealth and EU citizens can vote in local elections, while British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens can vote in all other elections.

Under the Act, all EU citizens who arrived in the UK by the end of 2020 will maintain their right to vote in local elections. However, EU citizens who arrived in the UK from 2021 onwards will only be able to vote if their country of origin has a signed agreement with the UK.

While the Act will not affect voters at this May’s local elections, the changes are set to take effect from June 2024, locking many EU residents out of the ballot box locally.

The Greens’ successful motion calls on government to amend the Elections Bill and ensure a UK-wide and fair approach to voting rights.

Cllr Astrid Johnson, leader of the Greens on Manchester City Council, said: “Manchester is home to an exceptionally diverse and vibrant population, which makes this the city people want to call home. That makes it even more important that we all have to thrive to work for ever more democracy.

“The Government needs to work collaboratively with Manchester City Council and voluntary sector organisations to develop a strategy of communications about voter eligibility following the Elections Act.

“The changes to the voting law that we have proposed will make this work easier. We would achieve a higher voter turnout and empower more of our residents.”

At today’s council meeting, Greens also supported calls to extend the Household Support Fund, which is set to end in March this year.

The council currently uses this to support around 60,000 residents in managing cost-of-living pressures.

After having a proposed amendment voted down, Green councillors also opposed a Labour motion which urged Lib Dem MP Ed Davey to apologise for the British Post Office scandal, calling the motion ‘frivolous’.

“Labour’s motion was nothing but a cheap pop at one man,” said Cllr Rob Nunney, Green councillor for Woodhouse Park. “It does nothing to improve the situation for those who were wronged. It merely diverts attention from all those who played a part in this dreadful miscarriage of justice and focuses it on a single individual.

“Our amendment sought to change the motion from one of mudslinging to one which called for immediate reparations, which is what the victims really need.”

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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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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 Manchester's Green councillors have joined with Labour, Liberal Democrat and independent colleagues to issue a cross-party call for 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 Manchester Green Party councillors have called for unity over the conflict in Gaza from across all political parties in Manchester. [...]

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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 The Greens have urged Labour to set out a more positive vision for Manchester's future as the Conservatives conclude their conference in the city today. [...]

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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 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. [...]

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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 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 Manchester Green Party will stand a full slate of 33 candidates across Manchester in the local elections on Thursday 4 May. [...]

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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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