Luton and Bedfordshire Green Party
The Green Party in Luton and Bedfordshire, UK
By-Election in Luton, High Town Ward
|Lyn Bliss (Green)||273||21.5|
General Election 2015 National Summary
The Green Party has the distinction of having increased its share of the vote in every constituency contested, compared with 2010, believed to be the only UK-wide party to manage this.
How to Stealthily Privatise the NHS - and the Green Alternative
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The Green Party held both the seats being defended (in the south-east and in London) and won another (in the south-west). Not only that, we beat the Liberal Democrats in every region but one. Unlike the overall winners this time, we are making steady progress and will continue to do so, while their bubble will undoubtedly burst as soon as people discover their objectionable extreme right-wing policies on all social and economic issues - policies which they worked hard to hide during this election.
European Parliament Election Results in Beds
|An Independence from Europe||690||1,140||771||2,601|
|Christian Peoples Alliance||474||487||369||1,330|
|British National Party||311||507||428||1,246|
The government's misguided policy of building more and more gas-fired power stations is making the country ever more dependent on our dwindling gas supplies, supplemented by expensive and unreliable imports, primarily from east Europe and Russia. Fracking will, the government hopes, provide all the gas we need for many years to come and this may well be true. The prime minister also quotes USA experience to claim that this will drive down energy prices in this country, but there is little doubt that this is either wishful thinking or, more likely, a deliberate lie designed to undermine opposition. An independent investigation has shown it will make little difference to energy prices in UK, where the energy market is very different from that in USA.
From start to finish, fracking is an industrial process that threatens our water and our health. Fracking requires millions of gallons of water, sand and hundreds of toxic chemicals that are pumped deep underground under enormous pressure to release gas trapped in rock formations.
Fracking is already happening in many parts of USA. In each case, fracking has brought a host of problems to local residents. Roads are crumbling under constant use by hundreds of lorries and heavy machinery travelling to and from drilling sites, trees and meadows are flattened to make room for concrete well pads, and fish, birds and other wildlife are dying off in record numbers in and around drilling sites.
Fracking jeopardises our health, too. In Dimock, Pennsylvania, USA, residents can no longer drink, bathe, or otherwise use their well water because itís been poisoned by fracking. In otherwise rural Wyoming air pollution from fracking rivals Los Angeles. On some days the air is so polluted that residents are advised to stay indoors! Many of the toxic chemicals used in fracking fluids are known carcinogens.
In Lancashire fracking, still only at the exploratory stage, has already caused minor earthquakes.
Having claimed before the last election that his government would be "the greenest ever" the prime minister is, on this subject as on others, going in the opposite direction. If all the gas which could be released by fracking is extracted and used, the emissions will drive global warming far beyond the levels that allow human and most other life to exist on this planet. This policy will lead to inevitable disaster for the whole world unless it is stopped quickly.
At present there are no known proposals for fracking in Bedfordshire or Luton, but we need to be prepared in case the giant corporations who seem to control our government do decide to come here. We are calling on local councils in our area to declare Bedfordshire a no-fracking zone, and to commit themselves now to rejecting any planning applications for fracking in our area. Please sign Peter Burrows' on-line petition by clicking this link.
Not a One-Issue Party
Many people seem to think the Green Party is concerned with the environment to the exclusion of all else. This is far from being the case. Among many other policies, the Green Party is pressing (and has detailed, costed policies) to:
We want real changes, not just a slogan about change
News, annoucements and campaigns
Help us raise funds at no cost and little effort from you
What we stand for, in outline
Our local policies
Policies for Bedfordshire and Luton as a whole - Do you want the M1 widened in Bedfordshire?
Policies for Bedford
Policies for Luton
Policies for Mid Bedfordshire - Including support for the Safer Maulden campaign
Policies for South Bedfordshire
A simple question - yes or no?
Some useful external links
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Next Local Party Meeting
Why not come to our next local meeting to find out more about what the Green Party is doing and planning in Luton and Bedfordshire? Click here for details of the next meeting.
You can recycle your inkjet cartridges (unfortunately NOT including Epson) and old mobile phones through this scheme. You can register at:
and they will send you freepost recycling bags to send your items away. We get £1 for every cartridge that they recycle and up to £30 for every phone.
It's easy, it's free, it's environmentally friendly.
Visit the webshop site and shop from any of the affiliated shops and we earn commission which comes from the retailers not from you. There are well over 100 retailers offering from 2 to 15% commission. If you use this site make sure your browser accepts cookies otherwise the link is lost and we don't earn anything. You can book holidays, buy books, rent movies, do your Christmas shopping, insure your car, all worth a look.
Listed below are just a few of the policies with which we want to improve the lives of everyone (in the longer term, even the super-rich and corporate directors who are most opposed to us). Details and reasoning can be found on the main Green Party web site.
Stop global warming You might like to see Jim Fisher's personal comment on this
Real democracy at all levels of government
Local control of local matters
Genuinely sustainable development
Government for ordinary people, not for big business
Social justice in place of greed
High quality education in every school, and one close to every child to minimise unnecessary travel
High quality services in every hospital, and one close to every household to minimise unnecessary travel
High quality, affordable public transport
Affordable, decent, energy-efficient housing, making maximum use of brown-field sites
Maintain and enhance local communities by preserving local shops, post offices and schools, especially in villages and clamp down hard on edge-of-town supermarkets. There is a non-party-political campaign on this topic
This photo shows a joint Green Party/Greenpeace demonstration against locating nuclear waste dumps in Bedfordshire, which took place recently in Bedford:
To see discussion of local issues in the different parts of our area, click on the appropriate link below:
Policies for Bedfordshire and Luton as a whole
Policies for Bedford
Policies for Luton
Policies for Mid Bedfordshire
Policies for South Bedfordshire
Are you currently a member of the Green Party? Please click on the appropriate link.
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No! I am not a member
Summary of links within this site:
Luton and Bedfordshire Green Party Home Page
Local elections 2007
Policies for Luton and Beds as a whole
Policies for Bedford | Policies for Luton | Policies for Mid Beds | Policies for South Beds
A page for party members | A page for non-members
Contact us | Some useful links | Web Site Design and Browser Compatibility Policy
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This web site is published by Jim Fisher on behalf of Luton and Bedfordshire Green Party, 85 Bishopscote Road, Luton, LU3 1PA