Green Party selects Andrew Pointon as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Leeds West in 2015

Andrew Pointon

Andrew Pointon

The Green Party has selected Andrew Pointon as Green Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Leeds West Constituency in the 2015 General Election.

Andrew Pointon is 42 years old and is married to Tina and has three teenage stepsons. Born and raised in North Staffordshire, he has lived in Leeds since 1990 when he moved here to study. After graduating Andrew experienced a period of unemployment before joining Leeds City Council in 1994, working there on a voluntary basis for the first six months. He obtained a job as an IT Assistant, and during his 20 years working for the authority he has worked his way up the ladder and now manages a small team responsible for testing and releasing software and hardware. Andrew is also a Steward and Branch Officer for the UNISON Leeds local government branch.

Andrew joined the Green Party in 2008 and was elected as the Farnley & Wortley Green Party Secretary in 2010. He has been an active member of the Party throughout the west Leeds wards, leafleting, canvassing, and as one of the volunteer drivers for the Green Party New Year’s Day free bus. In 2010 Andrew was David Blackburn’s election agent during the General Election.

Andrew said of his selection:

“It is a great honour to be selected by my party to stand at the next General Election, and I thank them for giving me this opportunity to try to represent the residents of Leeds West.

When we talk to people on the doorstep, large numbers are telling us they have been badly let down by the three main parties. They say they are fed up with politicians in general. Some have given up voting altogether because of this. People say they want a change but don’t know who to try. Many others say they vote Green because of the work we do and that we are the only party they see doing anything.

The Green Party is a positive change. We have policies to help improve the lives of ordinary people and make sure we pass on a decent planet for our children and grandchildren to live in. Our councillors work hard all year round for you, and know you cannot be taken for granted. If elected I would be just like our local councillors, being there for you all year round not just at election time, representing you in Parliament, sorting out your issues, and trying to get the best for Leeds West.

I have served the people of Leeds for 20 years as a local government officer. I now wish to serve the people of Leeds West in Parliament. The time has come to change the way we have been doing things and change those who have been making the decisions. If you elect Labour, Liberal Democrats, or the Conservatives you will get the same business as usual politics. Greens offer policies for the common good, where fairness replaces greed. We want to look after the 99% not the highest earning 1%  like the other parties do. We need to build a better society based on hope, not on fear. We are in politics for you and the planet, not for ourselves.

Caroline Lucas in Brighton showed that the Green Party can be elected as Members of Parliament, and that we can make real positive change. Voting Green isn’t a wasted vote, it is voting for politics based on principles and trying to make a genuine difference. I ask you over the coming months to consider a different way forward and support me in the General Election, and my Green colleagues in the Local Council Elections in May 2015. Thank you.”

Cllr David Blackburn, Leader of the Green Group on Leeds City Council added:

 “I had the honour of standing as the Green Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate four times and I felt it was now time to pass on the baton to a younger person. I am confident that Andrew would give his all for the constituents of Leeds West and would make a very able hardworking MP who understands their concerns”.

 

For more details visit:
http://leedswestgreenparty.wordpress.com/prospective-candidate/

 

Terry Wilford elected in Farnley & Wortley ward tops a day of promising results

Terry Wilford and party activist

Terry Wilford (left) with local party Secretary Andy Pointon

Greens in Leeds are celebrating today after Terry Wilford was elected in Farnley & Wortley ward to bring the total of Green councillors once again to three. The sitting Labour councillor, who was elected in a larger turn out for the General Election in 2010, found himself beaten into third by UKIP. A UKIP surge made the result closer than most years, but Terry’s 1900 votes and 34.33% share proved worthy reward for hard work throughout the year leading up to the election.

The full result follows:

Surname Forename Votes Elected Party name
Felber Alan 1606 UKIP
Fisher Samuel 416 Cons
Hardy John Hamilton 1506 Labour
Jacques Robert Hugh 76 Lib Dems
Johnson Michael James 30 TUSC
Wilford Terry 1900 ELECTED Green Party

A delighted Terry said of the result:

“I am just so pleased to be elected and want to do right by the ward and raise the Green profile with an outstandingly human empathy touch. A big thank you to everyone for their support, I hope to repay that trust in me. I want to positively address issues, and increase awareness of the green agenda.”

In the other Leeds West wards the Green results were as follows:

Armley Yvonne Clark  669 (12.92%)

Bramley & Stanningley Kate Bisson   358 (7.51%)

Kirkstall Morgan Tatchell-Evans 724 (14.28%)

There were some very postive results elsewhere in Leeds. In Headingley Joe Salmon moved the Green Party from third to clear second with 1036 votes finishing 260 votes behind the Labour victor. This represented a 29.99% share of the vote, up from the 16.56% obtained in 2012. It was clear that the NGT Trolleybus issue garnered plenty of new support for the Greens. In the nextdoor ward of Hyde Park & Woodhouse, Chris Foren finished second with 865 votes (22.46%) beating both Conservative and Liberal Democrat candidates. The Greens finished third in Armley, Chapel Allerton, City & Hunslet, Garforth & Swillington, and Kirkstall.

Across the city 17203 people voted Green, an average of 9.17% per ward. The Green Party beat the Liberal Democrats in 26 wards and the Conservatives in 6 wards.

The full results can be found here.

Full Green Local Council Election results on 22nd May 2014

For the Local Council Elections on 22nd May 2014, the Leeds Green Party stood candidates in all 33 of the Council’s wards. The results are as follows:

Adel & Wharfedale Paul Marchant 336 (4.95%)

Alwoodley Miriam Moss 290 (4.33%)

Ardsley & Robin Hood Carl James 176 (3.40%

Armley Yvonne Clark  669 (12.92%)

Beeston & Holbeck David Smith 284 (6.66%)

Bramley & Stanningley Kate Bisson   358 (7.51%)

Burmantofts & Richmond Hill Peter Exley   318 (7.34%)

Calverley & Farsley Clive Lord  349 (4.99%)

Chapel Allerton Emma Carter 736 (12.25%)

City & Hunslet Glen Jankoski 659 (13.31%)

Crossgates & Whinmoor Ben Goldthorp 319 (5.57%)

Farnley & Wortley Terry Wilford 1900 (34.33%) ELECTED

Garforth & Swillington Yvonne Murray 709 (11.56%)

Gipton & Harehills Neil Seepujak 381 (7.72%)

Guiseley & Rawdon Colin Avison 541 (7.67%)

Harewood Paul Matthews 358 (5.73%)

Headingley Joe Salmon 1036 (29.99%)

Horsforth Tim Goodall 446 (6.26%)

Hyde Park & Woodhouse Chris Foren 865 (22.46%)

Killingbeck & Seacroft Louise Richardson 617 (13.78%)

Kippax & Methley Dave Webb 237 (4.15%)

Kirkstall Morgan Tatchell-Evans 724 (14.28%)

Middleton Park Austen Thompson 219 (4.22%)

Moortown Chris Smith 806 (11.85%)

Morley North Deborah Fenney 180 (2.99%)

Morley South Bluebell Eikonoklastes 116 (2.20%)

Otley & Yeadon Owen Brear 490 (6.49%)

Pudsey Irene Dracup 390 (6.59%)

Rothwell Gordon Haycock 385 (6.93%)

Roundhay Paul Ellis 820 (11.91%)

Temple Newsam Nathan Allen 335 (5.82%)

Weetwood Martin Hemingway 646 (10.50%)

Wetherby Sam Murray 508 (8.52%)

A total of 17203 people voted for the Green Party in Leeds which is an average of 9.17% of the total votes cast.

Leeds Green Party formally launches Manifesto and announces a full slate of candidates for council elections

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The Leeds Green Party formally launched its 2014 local election manifesto Towards a Green Leeds today, and announced their first ever full slate of 33 candidates. The launch took place at 1pm at the front of Leeds Civic Hall. Green Group Leader Cllr David Blackburn launched the manifesto along with a number of the candidates and party activists.

Cllr David Blackburn said of the news:

 “As Leader of the Green Group it gives me great pleasure to be able to say we are fielding a full slate of candidates this year, and we have an excellent manifesto to show what a Green run council would look like. If people want a real alternative to business as usual politicians, they can now look to vote Green right across the Leeds area. Locally, nationally, and in Europe we have polices that put people and the planet first, and when elected you’ll see our councillors working hard for you all year round on issues that matter and not just turning up at election time asking for your vote”. 

The manifesto sets outs a vision of a sustainable and fairer future for the city of Leeds and what the citizens of Leeds could expect if the Green Party formed an administration. As well as typically green issues like the local environment and better waste management,Towards a Green Leeds includes the Leeds Green Party’s policies on issues like community safety and crime, education, health and social care, housing, the local economy and transport. The full manifesto is available under Policies on this website.

Towards a Green LeedsOne of the key targets for the party is to obtain a third councillor in the Farnley and Wortley ward, recapturing it from Labour. Council elections since 2010 and recent canvassing suggest candidate Terry Wilford is on track to join Ann and David Blackburn the current Green councillors in that ward. Terry Wilford said of the election:

“I am looking forward to the chance to join the hard working Green councillors in Farnley and Wortley to help improve the lives of the local residents. As a local man who lives in the ward I am as keen as the local people to make sure the area is a pleasant place to live and if elected will do all I can to achieve that.” 

With a candidate in every ward there is an opportunity on 22nd May to vote for something positive and different to the three main parties. The manifesto shows how Green policies can make huge improvements to people’s lives. Joe Salmon, candidate for Headingley said:

“The public have finally got a genuine alternative to the self serving politicians and political system they’ve been let down by for far too long. This is the first step in genuinely addressing challenges posed by the economy, environment and globalisation in a sustainable fashion”.

As well as aiming to increase the number of Green councillors across Leeds, it is hoped the full slate will help boost the Green Party vote in the European Elections and elect a Green MEP for the Yorkshire and Humber region.

 

Leadership change for Greens

Ann and David Blackburn, Leeds Civic Hall

By mutual agreement, on 20th May Cllr David Blackburn took over as Leader of the Green Group on Leeds City Council from his wife Ann who had been Leader for 4 years. Ann will now take on the role of the Party’s Whip.

On 8th May in her last full Council meeting as Leader, Cllr Ann Blackburn was in fine form, speaking about several items that were being discussed.

One issue was about the Deputy Police and Crime Commisioner being a political appointment open only to the Labour Party. Cllr Ann Blackburn told the meeting that she and the Green Party did not believe either the Commissioner or Deputy were needed at all and their salaries would be better spent on frontline policing.

Ann also spoke on:

The Children’s Heart Unit at Leeds General Infirmary, calling the consultation on whether Leeds should keep the unit “a sham”.

Leeds City Market, stating that the revised strategy should offer provision to guarantee traders the ability to assign their leases.

Skills, calling for more jobs and training.

The council meeting was televised and a full recording can be watched here. There are links to individual speakers.

First or Worst Bus?

 

First Bus LeedsCllr David Blackburn (Farnley & Wortley ward) of the Green Party has received many complaints from local residents about the bus services they endure, and shares their desire to improve the buses in Leeds. Cllr Blackburn said of the issue:

“We continue to take up the many complaints about the bus services operated by First Bus, particularly the Nos. 4 and 42. In the meantime, First Group, the owners of First Bus have successfully made a bid of approximately £390 million a year over 13 years for the West Coast Mainline rail franchise (London Euston to Manchester & Glasgow). In our view it is a pity that First did not use some of that money to invest in the bus services they run. This, of course, comes from a company who actually had a passenger strikes on its First Great Western train services due to their unreliable services.

Cllr David Blackburn

Cllr David Blackburn

 Here in West Yorkshire (the West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority) Metro has come up with proposals to take over the full bus network in West Yorkshire. They would be able to set the level of fares, including multi journey tickets, set the timetables and services and would decide which operator runs the services (similar to how bus services are run in London). Of course, the bus operators are opposed. We understand the proposals will go out to public consultation some time in October, and we would ask all those people who are dissatisfied with the current services to write to the Traffic Commissioner during the consultation.”

Cllrs. Ann & David Blackburn have also written to the US born Chief Executive of First Group, Tim O’Toole, inviting him to spend a day with them living the First Bus “experience” in Leeds and meet some of his disgruntled customers.

May 2012 Local Election Results

Farnley & Wortley Ward Green Party Candidates cover the Leeds West parliamentary constituency. Their results in the local elections held on 3rd May 2012 are as follows:

Armley Jane Morrison   596   13.57%

Bramley & Stanningley Kate Bisson   304  7.14%

Farnley & Wortley David Blackburn  2516   48.88%  Elected

Kirkstall Morgan Tatchell-Evans   437  9.84%

 

The rest of the Green Party candidates in Leeds polled the following results:

Adel & Wharfedale Paul Marchant   217  3.12%

Beeston & Holbeck David Smith  256  6.65%

Burmantofts & Richmond Hill Pete Exley    312   7.81%

Calverley & Farsley Clive Lord   297  4.55%

Chapel Allerton Colin Noble  409  7.68%

City & Hunslet Neil Seepujak   331   9.29%

Crossgates & Whinmoor Ben Goldthorp   243  4.72%

Guiseley & Rawdon Colin Avison   621   9.87%

Harewood Patricia Capstick 262   4.43%

Headingley Christopher Foren  457   16.56%

Horsforth Andrea Binns  317   4.81%

Hyde Park & Woodhouse David Webb  387  14.47%

Otley & Yeadon Steven Crossan   474   6.34%

Roundhay Paul Ellis  486   7.17%

Weetwood Martin Hemingway  468   8.52%