Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Rugby's Jobs and Services under threat from CON/DEM Government

Their is an alternative to the slash and burn policies of the main parties in respect of public services and this is by dealing with inequalities in society whereby the very richest in the UK pay proportionally the least tax - unfortunately this alternative was never given a real airing, so watching the debates on TV was akin to a competition amongst Brown, Cameroon and Clegg about who could disguise their cuts agenda the most – for the record Labour wants to cut £47bn, The Lib Dems £51bn and the Tories £57bn.

Like many people, the Green Party was hoping for a situation where no party was in majority, so preventing the excesses of either parties being allowed to prevail. Unfortunately the Lib Dems have managed to create a situation where the self interest of a few politicians have outweighed the interests of millions of people dependent on public services by going into coalition with the Tories

When Jerry Roodhouse ex Lib Dem Candidate for Rugby, talks (as he did in the local papers last week) about defending protecting public services such as fire stations, nursery schools etc or fresh politics, the truth is that his party has not so much broken the mould of British politics but instead has given it a protective coating.

Our community in Rugby faces over the next few years, massive cuts in public services and resultant mass unemployment - St Cross could go, Fire Stations will be closed, Schools will be closed and our sick and elderly people will be left unsupported – no doubt Mr Roodhouse and other local politicians will be wringing their hands in despair.

Clegg has even conceded the idea of electoral reform, with the proposed system of Alternative Votes (AV) little better than the existing system – because of the way it works in favour of the 3 main established parties.

The Green Party has already seen an influx of ex Liberal Democrat members and voters because of their dismay of the actions of their party leaders – not least spending £100bn on replacing the Trident nuclear weapon – no doubt others will follow as the Lib Dems become more encased in Government with the Tories and separate from the reality of life for most people in the UK.

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Local Election results in Rugby - General Elections Polarisation cuts across Green Support

Local greens suffered from the polarisation between Labour and Tories.

Never the less a good result in Earl Craven - with Ellie Roderick gaining 14.5% and Brownsover South where our first outing for the Green in this seat resulted in a vote of 7%. With a record 10 candidates in Rugby and new members joining we hope to contest all the seats in Rugby next year.

The results are as follows:

STOKES, Michael (Con) 1,745
BIRKETT, Steven (Lab) 1,095
HRADGREAVE, Tom (Lib) 795
LAFF, Steve (Green) 117
Conservatives retain the seat

Avon and Swift
WALTON, Helen (Con) 1,049
JOYCE, Patrick (Lab) 490
Conservatives retain the seat

PACEY-DAY, Chris (Con) 727
PALLOT, Ted (Lib) 797
SANDISON, Paul (Green) 225
SHERA, James (Lab) 983
Labour regain the seat

FAULKNER, Joy (Green) 91
FLETCHER, Hilda (Lib) 745
MAVRAKIS, Christine (Lab) 760
PARKER, Lisa (Con) 1,577
Conservatives regain the seat

Brownsover North
CRANHAM, David (Con) 1,423
THOMAS, Heidi (Lib) 848
WEBB, Mary (Lab) 810
Conservatives regain the seat

Brownsover South
COLES, Andrew (Lab) 648
FAULKNER, Matthew (Green) 91
GARCIA, Belinda (Con) 602
UPSTONE, Jess (Lib) 329
Labour retain the seat

BROJOMOHUN, Deepah (Con) 898
GODDEN, Philip (Green) 111
KING, Katherine (Lab) 604
LEWIS, Bill (Lib) 1,267
Liberal Democrats retain the seat

Dunchurch and Knightlow
AIRD, Robin (Lib) 1,557
COX, Doreen (Lab) 352
GALSWORTHY, Mike (Con) 1,798
HOUGUEZ, George (Green) 64
Conservatives gain the seat

Earl Craven and Wolston
DAY, Tom (Con) 1,907
HODKINSON, Doug (Lab) 1,184
RODERICK, Ellie (Green) 327
Conservatives retain the seat

ROODHOUSE, Jerry (Lib) 1,818
NEWSOME, Paul (Con) 861
RICHARDS, Owen (Lab) 706
Liberal Democrats retain the seat

BEVIN, Robert (Lab) 452
GUNSTONE, Richard (Lib) 548
WATTS, Rachel (Con) 1,242
Conservative retain the seat

SEWELL, Bill (Con) 1,516
ELSON, Dave (Lib) 769
BROWN, Kieren (Lab) 734
Conservatives retain the seat

Lawford and Kings Newnham
BRAGG, Sally (Con) 966
WYATT, Patricia (Ind) 540
SLINGER, John (Lab) 413
Conservatives retain the seat

New Bilton
MISTRY, Ish (Lab) 1,308
PALUSINSKI, Edward (Con) 942
HARDGRAVE, Dianna (Lib) 697
SANDISON, Roy (Green) 200
Labour retain the seat

KIRBY, Ray (Lab) 1,194
MALTHOUSE, Christopher (Con) 849
HOTTEN, James (Lib) 577
REYNOLDS, Peter (Green) 136
Labour retain the seat

FRANCIS, Matthew (Con) 1,258
AVIS, Howard (Lab) 875
O'DWYER Beatrice (Lib) 541
GOODCHILD, Laurence (Green) 152
Conservatives retain the seat

Results from Kenilworth & Southam (Including Dunchurch)


Jeremy WrightConservative25,94553.6+3.2
Nigel RockLiberal Democrat13,39327.7+5.6
Nicholas MiltonLabour6,94914.3-11.2
John MooreUK Independence Party1,2142.5+0.4
James HarrisonGreen5681.2+1.2
Joe RukinIndependent3620.7+0.7

Thursday, 6 May 2010


Greens all over the UK were celebrating this morning as the news was announced that party leader Caroline Lucas had won the Brighton Pavilion seat.

The election of the first ever Green to Parliament represents a truly historic moment. Hundreds of thousands of Green voters across the country now have, for the first time, a voice in Parliament, and genuinely progressive views on issues such as the economy, health, and the environment will now be heard.

After the result was declared, Caroline Lucas said: “The emphatic support of voters in Brighton Pavilion show that they do want to support a party whose values represent fairness, social justice and environmental well-being. They have shown that they are prepared to put their trust in the Greens, despite the overwhelming national media focus on the three largest parties and a voting system that is fundamentally undemocratic. I feel humbled by their trust in me, and I am excited by this vote of confidence and I'm looking forward to the challenging task of fully representing the voters of Brighton.

“This victory is no accident: it is the result of the hard work and commitment of thousands of Green Party members and supporters not only in Brighton but from right across the country over the past months and years. It is their work and support that has helped deliver this win, and the victory is as much theirs as it is mine.

“Thanks to the confidence that the voters of Brighton Pavilion have shown, Green principles and policies will now have a voice in Parliament. Policies such as responding to climate change with a million new ‘green’ jobs in low-carbon industries, fair pensions and care for older people, and stronger regulation of the banks will be heard in the House of Commons. I will also use my influence as an MP in the city of Brighton & Hove to push for affordable housing for the city, a new secondary school for the city, and greater backing for the city's creative industries.

“Finally, as this election shows, the first-past-the post voting system used for general elections is utterly discredited. I will be strongly backing calls for a referendum to replace it with a form of proportional representation that properly reflects the needs and views of 21st century voters. If a form of proportional representation is introduced, the Green Party is confident that its true level of support nationally can be represented properly.”

Rugby result follow national trend - but Greens still beat UKIP!


Mark PawseyConservative20,90144.0+5.7
Andy KingLabour14,90131.4-12.1
Jerry RoodhouseLiberal Democrat9,43419.9+4.9
Mark BadrickBritish National Party1,3752.9+2.9
Roy SandisonGreen4511.0+1.0
Barry MilfordUK Independence Party4060.9-1.1



Sunday, 2 May 2010


Roy says "What a good response for the Green Party on Friday in Rugby town centre - a fair few people proudly telling us they had already voted for us by post and people signing up for more information and loads of smiles - people looked genuinely pleased to see us - a good few hours work!"

Roy putting the slash and burn parties on the spot!

Picture of final hustings of election campaign at St Andrews Church.