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Time for the Council to address affordable housing shortage and climate threat

At the Council’s budget-setting meeting on 13 February 2020, I called on the Council to set targets for new genuinely affordable homes for rent, to provide stronger support across all our communities to address the impacts of austerity, and to commit to real urgency in addressing climate change.

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Crispin Blunt MP’s priorities: some key omissions

Crispin Blunt was re-elected as MP for Reigate last week and has published an Election Statement setting out his priorities for the new term. We are disappointed to see no mention of the climate emergency, and no commitment to addressing poverty, beyond urging support for local charities to take the strain.

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General election results

Thank you to everyone who voted Green in the recent General Election. You can read the local results here

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Hustings in East Surrey constituency

Three public hustings give you a chance to hear from all the candidates seeking your vote in the general election. Godstone hustings 30 November, 4pm The White Hart Barn, behind the White Hart Inn, High Street, Godstone RH9 8BT Whyteleafe hustings Monday 2 December, 7.30pm St Luke’s Church. Whyteleafe, CR3 0AA. Tatsfield hustings Wednesday 4 […]

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Hustings in Reigate constituency

Two public hustings give you a chance to hear from all the candidates seeking your vote in the general election. Come along – and bring any friends who may be undecided how to vote Redhill hustings hosted by Churches Together Monday 2nd December, 7.30pm St Bede’s School, Carlton Road, Redhill RH1 2LQ Please email your […]

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Meet our general election candidate for Reigate

Jonathan Essex has selected to be the Green Party candidate in the General Election on 12 December 2019 Jonathan is a chartered civil engineer and environmentalist, and has served as an active councillor in Redhill since 2010. He says, “I will fight to protect our Green Belt and Surrey countryside, for fairer rail and bus […]

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The State of Hunger

Cllr Ruth Ritter writes: It is with tremendous sadness and anger that I have read today the Trussell Trust’s State of Hunger report which outlines their research on the use of food banks in the UK.

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Extend fracking ban to Surrey oil sites – Surrey Greens’ demand to regulators

The Government announcement that fracking is being suspended misses out the huge expansion of oil and gas production using unconventional techniques in the South East. Green Surrey County Councillor Jonathan Essex said: “The ban needs to be extended to the unconventional oil and gas extraction methods used in the Weald, which carry the same earthquake […]

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Let’s make Reigate a Fairtrade Town

This month Fairtrade, the UK’s most visible ethical label, celebrates it’s 25th birthday. In Reigate an Action group is being formed to take Reigate towards ‘Fairtrade town’ status as a way to celebrate the achievements of the past 25 years of Fairtrade but also to continue to promote Fairtrade products and inform local people about […]

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Surrey County Council fails to recognise the climate impact of airport expansion

All but four Conservative members of Surrey County Council today blocked a joint Green/Labour motion linking airport expansion with an increased risk of climate chaos. Jonathan Essex, Green Party Councillor for Redhill East, seconded a Labour-tabled motion at today’s Surrey County Council meeting. The Motion called on the County Council to be clear on its […]

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