Eastern Region Green Party is one of the most successful in the UK and is working to elect its first Green MEP at the European Elections in June 2014.
From just 2 councillors in 1999, the Greens in Eastern Region have made gains at every subsequent election and now have 30 principal authority councillors including the largest group in the UK (13) which became the official opposition on Norwich City Council in May 2008.
There are Green Councillors in each of the 6 counties that make up the region. Several Councillors and senior activists from the Labour Party have joined the Green Party in the last few years. Among these are: Simon Sedgwick-Jell (former Labour leader, Cambridge City Council 1990-1994) and Cllr Mark Ereira (Labour parliamentary candidate Bury St. Edmunds constituency 1997 and 2001). Fomer Liberal Decmocrat councillors have joined the Green Party in Norwich and around the region, and also a Conservative councillor.
Eastern Region Green Party is gaining new members and is actively involved in many campaigns, including supporting renewable energy projects, bus services and improved cycle provision - whilst campaigning against new nuclear power stations - opposing the expansion of Stansted, Luton and regional airports and objecting to incinerators.
The Greens have also been fighting excessive top down Government imposed development targets whilst at the same time working for improved social housing, led by local authorities.
Successful campaigns and Green Councillor actions have included securing NHS dentistry, boosting household recycling collections, ensuring that new developments meet high sustainability standards and saving street trees from the axe. Green Councillors have also been active in opposing damaging road building proposals whilst supporting better public transport and investment in cycling routes.
The Green Party Lead candidate for the European elections in Eastern Region is Rupert Read, until recently one of the successful Norwich City Councillors.
Rupert said: "The Euro-elections are by 'proportional representation' - and as a result, given our strength on the ground in much of this part of the country, we have a tremendous opportunity to elect this Region's first-ever Green Party MEP, in June 2014. It wouldn't be before time: I can't wait to get my teeth into the job of stopping unnecessary EU spending on destructive mega-transport schemes and on subsidising agribusiness behemoths.
"A stronger team of Green Parliamentarians in Brussels would help to clean up the act of the EU, by for instance exposing the shameless lobbying activities of many big corporations and of politicians from the 'grey' Parties. As an MEP, I would also prioritise the EU taking stronger positive action on environmental problems that cross national frontiers, and would play an active role in a Middle East policy that used the EU's economic might to increase pressure for peace."
Rupert added: "If you want to have a clean Green Parliamentarian to represent you, then please support my campaign. The Green Party relies on contributions from concerned individuals; we don't take money from tainted sources! You can help us make history, at the 2014 European Elections, here in the East of England."