Pressure Continues To Build For a People’s Vote

On Tuesday 30th October I proposed a motion to Worcester City Council that our city should support a people’s vote on the final say on the negotiated Brexit deal. The debate lasted about an hour and the result was 16 to 18 with the three Green’s supporting, all 17 Conservative councillors voting against with 13 […]

Remembering Srebrenica

What were you doing 23 years ago, July 1995? Like many people in the UK I was going to work and bringing up my family. I had vaguely heard on the news about what was going on in Bosnia but being busy did not get involved and did not seek out any further information. Last […]

Ebike Curious?

Written for Worcester News Green Matters column… I was sceptical. What’s the point of an electric bike, are they not heavy, expensive and reduce the fitness benefits of cycling? Then I had a test ride. If you have ever thought about doing a bit more cycling to increase your fitness or to avoid queuing traffic […]

A Few Hours With Rapid Response Police Team

Last night I had the opportunity to visit the local policing team in Worcester. Every opportunity like this is a window into another world – I’m struck by the bravery and compassion of these men and women. We generally sleep at night with little thought about what these people do for us. The police don’t […]

Why I Love Worcester

When I moved to Worcester many decades ago, I was struck by the friendliness of my neighbours and how welcome I was made to feel. This should come as no surprise, as last year Worcester was named the ‘Good Neighbour’ capital of Britain in a UK poll. You can’t beat Worcester for community spirit. I […]

Plea to Labour supporters: Please Vote Green

“Why should I vote Green? Surely with Labour now getting off the fence on renationalising the railways and stopping fracking surely the priority has to be to stop the Conservatives getting a massive majority at Westminster?” The problem is that Labour is not one party it’s two parties pulling in different directions. On the one […]

GE 2017 – WTUC – Questions for PPCs

Worcester Trades Council organised a hustings that was cancelled because of the Manchester bombing atrocity. All candidates were given the questions before the hustings and the following replies would have been given if it has gone ahead. The Green Party thanks WTUC for the original invitation and offering to send this link to the guests […]

Tree Panting To Reduce Air Pollution?

International studies have shown that trees can reduce the amount of particulate matter in the air. Little hairs on the leaves trap the dirt and when the leaves drop they bring down the dirt with them. Planting trees in a city environment is not cheap. You can actually get trees very cheaply – even for […]

Why did I support a motion that brings back the committee system to Worcester City Council?

Let’s be clear what the committee system is. There are different variations but basically it is a system where councillors meet to discuss and agree council policy. Committee systems are by law populated with elected members in proportion to the number of councillors that each party holds. There is normally one overall controlling committee and […]