Broxtowe Greens and LibDems announce election alliance for May

Broxtowe Greens have today announced an electoral alliance with the Liberal Democrats for the forthcoming County elections in May.

The Greens will not stand in Bramcote and Beeston North, but instead offer our endorsement of the LibDem candidate, Steve Carr.

The Greens will also not stand in Stapleford and Broxtowe, again offering to endorse the LibDem candidates.

In exchange, the LibDems will not stand in Kimberley, where former town councillor Kat Boettge will be running for the Greens. They will also not stand in Greasley, where Beth Hewis will run for the Greens. Both candidates will be endorsed by the LibDems.

Local activist, Kat Boettge said: “It’s time for a different politics, a politics of co-operation and opposing the two party system.”




Happy Christmas!

Broxtowe Green Party would like to wish all our readers, supporters, members and voters a happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

It has been quite a year in politics and we probably all need to take a breath and recharge our batteries for 2017.

We’ll be back campaigning, blogging and tweeting in the New Year.

Notts County Council approves fracking site

Nottingham County Council have issued a series of tweets today indicating they have given planning permission for fracking to start in Bassetlaw.

“County Council approves Island Gas planning application for shale gas drilling at site in Misson, Bassetlaw. [1/2]”

“2/2: 37 planning conditions and a legal agreement imposed.”

We will update as we get further news.


World crosses 400ppm threshold for carbon dioxide

According to scientists, September is the month when atmospheric levels of Co2 should be at their lowest. The level for the month is above 400 parts per million (ppm) which means 2016 is on track to be the year that we officially pass the 400ppm threshold, which is seen as hugely symbolic and important.

The last time CO2 levels were this high, humans did not exist.

Read more at the Guardian website.

Boundary Review: Broxtowe constituency to disappear?

The Boundary Commissions review of new seat boundaries for General Election 2020 is now live and out for public consultation.

We are still reviewing the details and impact on our current arrangements in Broxtowe, but the major change is that there may no longer be a Broxtowe seat. The plans involve Beeston, Chilwell and Toton parts being merged into Nottingham South.

You can check the local plans here:

and more general stuff here:

We’ll be posting more when we have had a detailed look and, of course, this is now out for the public to comment on – so make sure you have your say!

Greens plan for 2017 campaign

Members of Broxtowe Green Party met on Tuesday (6th) at the White Lion, Beeston, to discuss plans for the forthcoming political season. Top of the list was campaigning for the Nottinghamshire County Council elections which take place on 4th May 2017.

The party plans to field a range of candidates across the Broxtowe wards and will be working with our sister local parties to present a strong Green front.

Party members will shortly receive an email outlining the selection process for candidates. In the meantime, if you want to know what being a councillor entails, the Local Government Association has a useful leaflet available here.

The Green Party’s radical vision

In an article in the Independent, Lee Williscroft-Ferris, freelance journalist and 2015 Green Party candidate for Hexham, argues that the new leadership team need to focus on making the Green Party distinct from Corbyn’s Labour. What’s needed is a major campaign for electoral reform and:

“a concerted effort to raise awareness of exactly what makes the Green Party distinct. While Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party unfathomably clings on to the principle of infinite growth on a planet of finite resources, the Greens should aim to redress the balance in the political landscape by emphasising its truly revolutionary vision for the future of our country and, crucially, our planet.”

Read more at: