Green Party Councillor Forced to Resign After Moving to France Over a Year Ago

In what appears to be a running theme, a second local councillor has also moved to Europe and attempted to keep his job. Trevor Roper, a (now former) Green Party councillor for Thanet, upped sticks and left for France well over a year ago, yet continued to attend virtual council meetings and claimed an allowance of over £5000. Unlike Labour’s Dave Ward, who decided to serve his constituents from the rolling hills of southern Italy, Roper has now been forced to resign…

Roper also tried to cover up his big move for the last 12 months, claiming in a letter to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps that he still lived in Kent, despite selling the Ramsgate home over a year prior. A slightly different approach to Ward, who was quite open about his new home, and reminded everyone “there’s this thing called the internet”.

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Boris’s COP26 Spokeswoman Allegra Stratton: “Join the Green Party”

In an unexpected turn of events, Boris Johnson’s COP26 spokesperson Allegra Stratton told The Independent that people should “join the Green Party” if they want to tackle climate change. When asked why organisations were critical of her advice to consider not rinsing plates before putting them in the dishwasher, Allegra responded by saying:

“When people say to me, ‘What can they do?’, they can do many things, they can join Greenpeace, they can join the Green Party, they can join the Tory Party.”

A highly quotable if somewhat unusual endorsement… 

Green Party Co-Leader Jonathan Bartley, keen not to miss the opportunity, said:

“After decades of inaction from both the Conservatives and Labour, we would absolutely agree with the government that joining the Green Party is the best thing people can do to help tackle climate change.”

The Green Party are looking for a new leader following Berry and Bartley’s recent resignations… 

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Sian Berry Quits Green Party Leadership over Party Trans Row

Green Party co-leader Sian Berry has resigned over a trans rights row in the party. This follows the resignation of her fellow co-leader Jonathan Bartley last week…

In her resignation letter Berry writes:

“There is now an inconsistency between the sincere promise to fight for trans rights and inclusion in my work and the message sent by the party’s choice of front bench representatives. 

“I can no longer make the claim that the party speaks unequivocally on this issue. And my conscience simply cannot agree with the agreement that there is anything positive in sending these mixed messages.”

Despite resigning Berry states “I love the Green Party” and promised to “put even more energy into my role as a Green London Assembly member”. If the Greens have any common sense they’d use this leadership election as an excuse to drop their loony left policies and focus on polar bear-hugging local Toryism that won them swathes of seats in the May elections…

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Green Party Council Destroys Wildlife Reserve for “Possible” Cycle Lane

Despite calling HS2 “an act of ecocide” on the grounds that building it would “bulldoze huge areas of natural woodland and cut wildlife habitats”, the Green-led Brighton and Hove City Council have nonetheless bulldozed a huge area of natural woodland and cut a wildlife habitat this week, by partially removing Europe’s longest and oldest green wall to make room for a “possible” cycle lane on the road. Built in the 1870s “to improve the seafront environment”, the wall was home to over 100 species of plant and a designated local wildlife site…

BuildingGreen, the firm responsible for maintaining the wall alongside the Council, said it was “shocked” at what happened, and that it was the result of a “miscommunication“. All this for a “possible” cycle lane. At least HS2 is actually being built…

UPDATE: Brighton & Hove City Council have issued a statement denying councillors had any knowledge of the deforestation:

We’d like to apologise to our residents for the way we went about cutting back the stretch of Green Wall at the bottom of Duke’s Mound in March.

It should not have been cut down in this way. We are very sorry about this, and an investigation is underway to find out how this happened.

As part of the Black Rock regeneration project a road safety audit was carried out. This found that the greenery limited visibility and may result in collisions between vehicles and pedestrians. The cutting back of the greenery was not raised with councillors. It was arranged by council staff as an operational requirement, stemming from the road safety audit.

Hat-tip: Jody Doherty-Cove

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Green Party Applauds French Railways Despite Calling HS2 “An Act of Ecocide”

It looks like the Green Party has had a change of heart. Having spent years campaigning against the expansion of national railways, including calling HS2 “an act of ecocide” and “a nightmare project“, Guido was surprised to see the Greens voice their support for the French government’s decision to ban short flights in favour of train rides, tweeting:

“Heavy investment in national rail networks is what made this possible. This is the climate leadership we need to see!”

Having previously opposed said national rail networks on the grounds that they “bulldoze huge areas of natural woodland and cut wildlife habitats“, Guido would love to know when the party plans to announce that it’s reversed its previous position on HS2. Don’t hold your breath.

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Greens Overtake LibDems as Third Largest Party

Despite having had basically no media coverage since the 2019 election, the Green Party has overtaken the LibDems in YouGov’s latest poll to become Britain’s third most popular national party. Who could have predicted that the man who lost to Jo Swinson in the 2019 leadership election would prove even less popular than someone who lost their seat at the election…

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