Sunday, 16 December 2007

CAMERON SUGGESTS 3 PARTY ALLIANCE - GREENS RESPOND

Kent Green Party Chair, Dr Hazel Dawe, has responded to Conservative leader David Cameron’s call(1) for a three party progressive alliance – Conservative, Green and Liberal Democrat – to challenge Labour. She says: “Kent Green Party members can and do work with members of other parties where possible, particularly at a local level, and will continue to do so. However, David Cameron’s calls for a realignment of British politics need to take more of his own members in Kent with him. Kent Green Party is very concerned about the following:
The need for Conservative-controlled Kent County Council to adopt traffic reduction targets for urban areas to reduce noise, air pollution and greenhouse gases.

The absence of proper cycling training for our children in Kent: only one day of training here compared to the standard 5 days as in Medway and East Sussex(2).
The removal of nearly all references to climate change on the Canterbury City Council website by Conservative council leader John Gilbey, since he disagrees with the international scientific consensus that human beings are adding to greenhouse gases.
Unethical investments by Kent County Council in, for example, arms selling and tobacco companies(3)
Kent County Council supporting airport expansion at Lydd, Manston and Rochester even though aviation is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gases

“Kent Green Party believes Mr Cameron has to bridge the gaps between his approach and that of leading Conservatives in Kent, before he has the ability to work for a new alliance with other parties.”

FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe on mobile no 07747 014487 or 01732 355185 or 0845 257 4236. Contact address as above.

Notes:
See for example, The Observer, 16th December 2007.
See press release at www.kentgreenparty.org
See press release at www.kentgreenparty.org

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