Saturday, 16 January 2016

Bristol and Bedminster campaigning

Eleanor Vowles (Windmill Hill Candidate), Green Leader
Natalie Bennett, Will Quick and Glenn Vowles
(Bedminster Candidates)
Great to meet with Green Party leader Natalie Bennett this past week when she visited Bristol again with a packed schedule, including Faithspace, the Malcolm X Centre and City to Sea amongst other things. We had time for a mini-meeting just after her arrival at Temple Meads and talked through some current local issues and the Bristol Greens 2016 local and mayoral election campaign and our ambition to continue increasing the number of Green councillors (currently 14, up from 6 in 2014 and 1 in 2006).

Natalie Bennett is a warm, friendly, personable leader. Her energy and commitment, going up and down the UK and appearing in/on the media as much as they will allow it (see Will Quick's petition on this here) is an encouragement and inspiration. Its one of the reasons why Green Party membership has grown so rapidly in recent years, not least in Bristol, and produced candidates like Will Quick in Bedminster and Eleanor Vowles in Windmill Hill.

Prince St Bridge surveying
The campaign to get two councillors elected in Bedminster is one key feature of Bristol Greens plans. Last weekend I was out on North St with Southville councillors and 2016 candidates Steve Clarke and Charlie Bolton collecting signatures on the Save Faithspace petition. This weekend I was at Prince Street bridge with Greens from Bedminster, Southville and the new Central ward surveying peoples views on whether the bridge should become pedestrians and cyclists only or should go back to the way it was, with cars going across too. 

Prince St Bridge surveying
With Bristol City Council now sending out regular May 2016 local, mayoral and Police and Crime Commissioner election information and updates local Green Party Coordinators and Convenors (such as myself in Bristol South) have: organised the delivery of a Green newspaper to many thousands of households; are looking at campaigning schedules; are discussing text and images for 'we called today' cards; planning further collection of local views and priorities via surveys; and are encouraging as many members as possible to get actively involved.  

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