Norwich to become a single-use plastic free city?

Members on Norwich City Council last month unanimously supported a Green Party motion, which called for greater efforts to deal with the issue of single-use plastics (SUPs) in the city.

We were delighted to present this motion at the council’s meeting in September and reassured that all other parties supported the initiative. Our hope is that Norwich will become a pioneer as a plastic-free city and as Greens we believe that the council can take a lead on this matter. Continue reading “Norwich to become a single-use plastic free city?”

Green Party PCC Candidates to Unveil Election Manifesto on “Policing in the East”

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Baroness Jenny Jones is the former Deputy Mayor of London and used to sit on the Metropolitan Police Panel

This Saturday, the Green Party will be unveiling their manifesto on “Policing in the East” alongside the the party’s representative in the House of Lords, Baroness Jenny Jones.

The party’s proposals are set to focus on ensuring the establishment of better communication between the community and local constabularies and ensuring that the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office is more transparent to allow greater public awareness regarding what the post entails. Continue reading “Green Party PCC Candidates to Unveil Election Manifesto on “Policing in the East””

“Let’s help rough sleepers, not fine them,” says Green Party PCC candidate for Norfolk

Green Party Police and Crime Commissioner candidate, Martin Schmierer, says that if elected on May 5th, he will do whatever he can to help rough sleepers, at a time when several councils have investigated plans to fine them for “antisocial activity”.

Across Norfolk the number of homeless has increased drastically over the last couple of years, with the number in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk almost doubling in 2015. [1] This followed a similar rise in Norwich. [2] Continue reading ““Let’s help rough sleepers, not fine them,” says Green Party PCC candidate for Norfolk”

“This election could descend into a farce” warns Green Party PCC candidate for Norfolk.

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Martin explaining the “supplementary voting” system to local residents in Norwich

Green Party PCC candidate, Martin Schmierer, has warned that the forthcoming local elections could be marred with problems, with two different voting systems being used and added EU referendum election ballots being potentially included.

On May 5th voters will go to the polls across Norfolk to elect their next Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

There are also simultaneous local council elections going on in Norwich and Great Yarmouth, while the PCC elections use a form of supplementary voting system. Continue reading ““This election could descend into a farce” warns Green Party PCC candidate for Norfolk.”

Tackle Drug Gangs not Drug Users says Green Party PCC candidate

Martin out doorknocking on Nelson Street in Norwich where residents used to complain about drug dealing
Martin out doorknocking on Nelson Street and Dereham Road in Norwich where residents used to complain about drug dealing.

Green Party PCC candidate has indicated that he will prioritise dealing with large criminal gangs that supply drugs rather than focusing on low level users of class-C drugs if he wins the Police and Crime Commissioner election on May 5th.

His statement follows a recent survey, which showed that there was considerable support for legalising the sale of cannabis through licensed shops. In the poll of 2,000 adults, conducted by ORB for The Independent, some 47% of people backed the idea, while 39% opposed it, with the other 14% saying they “don’t knows”. Continue reading “Tackle Drug Gangs not Drug Users says Green Party PCC candidate”