“We warmly welcome all members of the Green Party, as well as our supporters and those who are interested in finding out more about our policies”
The Deputy Leader of The Green Party Amelia Womack, will be the keynote speaker at County Hall, Truro next Saturday (21 January) when Cornwall Greens hold their first ever conference.
Amelia is the youngest deputy leader of any UK political party, and was elected aged 29 while still a member of the Young Greens.
Originally from Newport but now living in Cardiff, Amelia stood as the Green Party’s Parliamentary Candidate for Camberwell and Peckham (London) in 2015, and received 10.1% of the vote – more than triple the party’s 2010 vote share.
Amelia told CS today “I’m very excited to be visiting Cornwall and I’m delighted to be part of Cornwall Greens’ first ever conference. I believe the Green Party has a bright future here. I look forward to meeting party members and supporters and there’ll no doubt be some fascinating discussions throughout the conference as we build a Green vision for Cornwall“
In addition to the keynote speech by the Deputy Leader, Cornwall Greens have organised a full day of fringe talks and debates on issues such as:
- Renewable energy in Cornwall
- Social Enterprise
- Buiding stronger communities
- Affordable Housing
- Integrated transport in Cornwall
Cornwall Greens will be issuing a manifesto soon and candidates are already lined up to contest key divisions at the unitary elections in May. The Greens will be aiming for more members on Cornwall Council, as well as in towns, districts and parishes in every area.
Julie Bennett, Mid & East Cornwall Green Party Secretary and conference coordinator, said:
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our members to meet together to discuss issues that affect everyone living in Cornwall, and to develop strategies for sustainable change on a local level. We’re fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the country and we’re committed to ensuring that our beaches, wildlife and rural landscapes are protected from development that doesn’t benefit people living locally. We believe in a political structure that allows our members and supporters to share with us what matters most to them – something that’s often lacking in present-day politics.”
“We will also be road-testing some of our policies for the upcoming Cornwall Council elections which will be taking place in May 2017. Come along and have your say on our Green vision for Cornwall”
At the last General election the Greens increased their vote across Cornwall from 3,500 (<1%) to over 17,000 (6%).
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