Inaugural meeting of city wide Leeds Green Party

Leeds GreensThe Inaugural Meeting of the Leeds Green Party took place on 24th February 2011 at the Leeds Civic Hall.

The Farnley & Wortley and Headingley parties continue to exist and retain their autonomy, but the new city wide party will act as a membership branch for those members without a local ward party and help new local ward parties form should they wish.

The Inaugural Meeting saw the election of the new Officers, some final amendments to the constitution, and the start of the process towards setting up a bank account. The new party is now able to concentrate on the coming elections and campaigning. The next meeting will take place after the Local Elections.

The Leeds Green Party elected Officers are:

Coordinator & Chairperson: Andrew Pointon (Farnley & Wortley Green Party)

Fundraising & Events Officer: Jane Morrison (Farnley & Wortley Green Party)

Local Party Contact: Martin Hemingway (Headingley Green Party)

Membership Secretary: Kate Bisson (Farnley & Wortley Green Party)

Nominating Officer: Ann Blackburn (Farnley & Wortley Green Party)

Secretary: Chris Foren (Headingley Green Party)

Treasurer: Wendy Selina (Headingley Green Party)

For more information contact either Martin Hemingway (0113 2749159) or Andrew Pointon (0113 2718717)

The 2011 Olof Palme Memorial Peace Lecture

The Praxis Centre, Leeds Metropolitan University
and Leeds City Council Peace Links Group present
The 2011 Olof Palme Memorial
Peace Lecture

Olof Palme, World Interests – and what Wikileaks tells us about diplomacy as an institution
by Professor Johan Galtung

Johan Galtung is founder and Director of TRANSCEND – A Peace and Development Network for Conflict Transformation by Peaceful Means, with more than 300 members from over 80 countries around the world and Rector of TRANSCEND Peace University (TPU).

Professor Galtung has published more than 1000 articles covering a wide-range of fields, including peaceful conflict transformation, deep culture, peace pedagogy, reconciliation, development, peace building and empowerment, global governance, direct structural and cultural peace/violence, peace journalism, and reflections on current events, and more than 100 books translated into dozens of languages.

Leeds Civic Hall

Sunday 23rd January

More Information from: 0113 2474339

Free guest entry: email stating name and desired number of places

Formation of new city wide Green Party

At a full meeting at Leeds Civic Hall on 5th October, members of the Green Party in Leeds agreed to the formation of a city wide party.

Proposing the motion Cllr. David Blackburn (Farnley & Wortley) said that a city wide party would provide a forum for members living outside the active branches, and could provide support for the growth of new ward parties with the City.

Supporting Cllr. Blackburn, Martin Hemingway from Headingley Green Party stated that the branch would not replace the current branches, but would provide the focus for growth of the party in the City.

He said “At the moment we have three political parties that have betrayed the country, a Conservative Party imposing cuts that are not necessary, a Liberal Democrat Party that has abandoned every principle to outdo the Tories in its cuts agenda, and a Labour Party that is proposing all kinds of things that it failed to do during thirteen years of government.”

In their first detailed report to members since the agreement to support a Labour Administration in Leeds, Cllr. Ann Blackburn (Farnley & Wortley) said that some of the measures asked in the agreement were already being delivered on. The review of the future of City of Leeds School had been done resulting in the school staying open, and the biggest energy efficiency scheme in the country was in the planning stage, and would bring energy savings across the city, as homes were insulated for free. The scheme would create hundreds of ‘green jobs’ at a time when unemployment was been used again as government weapon.

Contact for the new party is 0113 2790336 – mobile 07930 116395.

Cllr. Ann Blackburn

Leeds Peace Trail on Light Night – Friday 8th October 2010


On Light Night a mini tour of the Leeds Peace trail will be offered. Guided walking tours lasting approximately 30 minutes will depart from Civic Hall steps and tour around 6 of the central trail sites. At each of the selected sites the group will stop for a short story, poetry, piece of drama, musical break or related activity.  Every walker will be given a limited edition A5 folded peace trail map to take away free of charge. The tours will leave throughout the evening whenever a suitable group forms with the last tour at approximately 9.30pm.

Peace trail sites included

Site no: Name Suggested activity
2 Civic Hall Tour start point, map hand out, paper cranes
3 Mandela Gardens Drama piece
4 St Georges Crypt Story
6 Mayors for Peace Poetry and veteran story (BNTV)
7 Town Hall Story
8 Victoria Gardens Tour end, reflection activity, music, candle lantern release…

All suggested activities subject to risk assessment etc etc

Planning team

  • The Peace Museum – Clive Barrett
  • Peace & Emergency Planning – Roger Carter
  • Together for Peace – Jill Mann

A team of volunteers will be mobilised by T4P and via Peacelink to coordinate the event, guide the tours and provide the entertainment. Drama Students and Event Management students will be recruited along side volunteers from VAL.

Volunteer roles

  • Meet & greet – man the stall outside Civic hall, distribute maps
  • Tour guides/Actors – to guide the tour, story tell, deliver set pieces at locations