Article: Mar 17, 2021By Andrew Cooley
For the County Council election on Thursday May 6th, the Green Party will be standing down in Newent in favour of Liberal Democrat Gill Moseley. "If Green Party voters (and Labour ones) can lend us their votes for this election, it will give me a much better chance of being elected and ending the 16 years of Conservative control," says Gill. Newent already has two Liberal Democrat District councillors - Gill Moseley and Vilnis Vesma.
In exchange, Liberal Democrats will not be putting up a candidate in the Sedbury division, where the Green Party came second in the last County Council elections. There are many similarities between the values of the two parties - you can make the comparison here.
Such arrangements are needed to beat the unfair First Past The Post (FPTP) electoral system, which always favours the Conservatives if there is more than one opposition party.
In order to exploit this, the Conservatives are now planning to replace existing fair electoral systems for Elected Mayors and Police and Crime Commissioners with the discredited FPTP system. They are also planning to distort elections even further by increasing the spending limits for elections so that parties with more money can improve their chances of election, while those with less funds are disadvantaged.
Gill's campaign is going well and the response to her survey has been good - but she stiil needs your help if she is to win. Delivering leaflets and letters is the main task for which she needs support - but there are plenty of other things to be done. Just contact Gill (email@example.com) if you can help - or click here if you can donate. Every donation improves Gill's chance of winning!
If you haven't seen Gill's survey yet, you can find it - and some of the results so far - here.
Article: Mar 13, 2021By Vilnis Vesma
Gill has been canvassing local people about any problems and suggestions they might have. You can see some of the points they raised, and Gill's answers, here.
Article: Jan 15, 2021By Cllr Vilnis Vesma
Prominent farming campaigner Liz Webster gave a talk to members from the Forest of Dean and Cotswolds constituency parties on 14 January 2021. You can view the recording here (password required).
Liz farms in Wiltshire and stood as a parliamentary candidate for the Cotswolds. She is the campaign organiser of Save British Farming and for the benefit of those who want further depth she kindly provided further links to things mentioned in her talk:
Article: Jan 14, 2021By Cllr Vilnis Vesma
I'm currently trying to resolve three pandemic-related problems affecting Early Years (EY) providers.
One is that they are now being funded only on actual occupancy levels, which are now very much reduced because of parents' concerns. I have asked my District Council cabinet member if they can help with financial support and am awaiting a reponse from our Chief Finance Officer.
Article: Nov 18, 2020By Andrew Cooley
The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (CEE Bill), which was officially published in the Commons earlier this month, offers the UK Government a viable framework for climate action.
It is a private members bill introduced by Green MP Caroline Lucas and officially supported by Liberal Democrats as well as the Alliance, SDLP and Plaid Cymru parties plus many MPs from the SNP and Labour - 88 MPs to date.