Eastern Region comprises the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. In total this represents over forty local authority areas and in most of these, there’s a local Green Party.
Since 1999 when we gained two local councillors, we have seen gradual growth to the point where now in 2019 we have councillors in local authorities across the region; from Peterborough to Epping Forest and from Bedford to Suffolk Coastal. We are the main opposition group in Mid Suffolk and Norwich, and with independent councillors in Braintree.
We rely on our members, to deliver leaflets, knock on doors and develop local campaigns. In addition, our members also serve on a large number of town and parish councils helping to raise environmental concerns and improving local communities.
In May 2019 we secured our greatest victory to date in the region when Catherine Rowett was elected as the first Green Party MEP for the east of England. The Green Party won in total 7 MEPs in the European Parliament election.
Our councillors and local parties are currently engaged in a number of campaigns including defending the local library service in Essex, promoting safe cycling in Suffolk and opposing further environmentally destructive road building in Norfolk.
Members from across the region meet two or three times a year to network and to be able to share ideas. Our meetings are open to all members and not in a fixed location. We like to move about the region so that members who are less able to travel still feel that they can participate. Meetings often contain training for members as well as guest speakers and discussion of key political interest and green politics. Our next meeting , which will also serve as our AGM will be held in Stowmarket (Suffolk) on Saturday 16thNovember.
With evidence of climate chaos all around us, and with other parties paying scant attention, there’s never been a more important time to join the Green Party, if you live in eastern region get in touch today.