Scarborough’s latest Green councillors, Neil Robinson and Will Forbes

Scarborough’s latest Green councillors, Neil Robinson and Will Forbes

Scarborough’s latest Green councillors, Neil Robinson and Will Forbes

Most of the UK’s 265 Green councillors are expected to attend the party’s national conference at Scarborough Spa from 7-10 June.

They will include Scarborough’s two new Green councillors, Will Forbes and Neil Robinson.

They will join the party’s co-leaders, Siân Berry and Jonathan Bartley, and its only MP, Caroline Lucas.

The conference is to feature debates on climate street action, a new green deal and ocean pollution.

Fringe sessions will discuss ways of combating populism, saving libraries, peace and security, zero-carbon buildings, community-led housing, monetary reform and green jobs.

Training seminars will cover fundraising, campaign literature, electoral success analysis and case studies.
Social activities will include a beach clean with Surfers against Sewage, walking tours of the town, sea swimming, yoga, an acoustic-folk sing-around, pub-crawls, a quiz night and PechaKucha.

The newly elected and re-elected councillors will be among about 500 delegates.

The conference’s local coordinator, former borough councillor Mark Vesey, said: “One of the most popular debates will probably be the one on ocean plastics and pollution, a topic close to the heart of many Scarborians, especially with the loss of blue-flag status for the south bay.

“The Green Party wants to end the current political system that keeps hurting the environment and all of us who rely on it. Its policies are proposed and voted on by members, looking to secure the long-term future of the places and people they love. They believe it sets out a vision of a better world”.

According to Wikipedia, the Green Party’s ideology combines environmentalism with left-wing economic policies, including well-funded, locally controlled public services within the confines of a steady state economy. It supports proportional representation and takes a progressive approach to social policies such as civil liberties, animal rights, LGBT rights and drug-policy reform. The party believes strongly in nonviolence, basic income, a living wage and democratic participation.

At the conference, local artist Gabrielle Naptali will create a big art installation that delegates will be able to walk through. It will be made of hundreds of discarded plastic buckets, spades and beach litter collected over the past year by volunteers, and finished with recycled foil flowers.

Non-members are welcome. Website: www.greenparty.org.uk/ conference/ timetable.