Above all else, we – the Green Party in Hunslet and Riverside – believe in a politics that listens to people, and works with them for change. Over the past years, we’ve spoken with thousands of local people about what we want together to see happen here in our communities and our city. Everyone has a different piece of the puzzle, and something unique to contribute; we urgently need to get better at harnessing ‘collective wisdom’.
So over the past years, Ed and his team have then pulled together and worked on a giant, evolving local ‘manifesto’ for the Hunslet and Riverside council ward. Click here to download the latest version. (You might need a wee while to take it all in! If you’re *seriously* keen, here is the previous version too, to see the evolution.)
This manifesto underpins all our year-round work locally. It also hopefully gives a sense of our rootedness in and commitment to this city, and our approach to politics. We will re-release an updated manifesto ahead of the forthcoming election, scheduled for 6th May 2021.
Additions that haven’t yet been woven into the manifesto include: action on the cladding scandal; various clean air initiatives, including plants for every classroom in south Leeds, and green walls on the side of the M621; banning helium balloon release events (very bad for cattle and wildlife); reforming local licencing law to regulate street vendors (who are currently undercutting rate-paying local shops); working with local doctors and dentists to become more public-facing (eg this); stiffer regulation of AirBnB locally, where houses are being wholly let (ie not including rent-a-room situations); taking highways officers for hands-on cycling or walking experiences around traffic hotspots; developing a network of Quiet Ways backstreet cycling routes (click here to find out more); tackling flytipping by covering any flytipped waste with bright coloured tarpaulin, saying that the dumped waste is ‘under investigation’, then only removing it days later (this tactic drove down flytipping elsewhere in the UK); establish a green accreditation scheme for cafes, schools, and other establishments; and much more. (Get in touch anytime with further ideas!)
Notably, at a local level (ie with council elections), national politics are less significant. The most important thing is electing local people, who love their communities, and who are working with others to make good things happen. Click here to read more on this.
But Ed and the team are proud to be with the Green Party. Few of us are old-timers, most of us having joined the Greens in the past few years – and we’ve been impressed. It’s a small party with big vision and fresh ideas, for a fairer happier society. Click here to find out more about the Greens, their most recent national manifestos, their wide-ranging and crowd-sourced policy framework, and more.
Finally, we wholeheartedly endorse the principles proposed by former independent MP Martin Bell on the expected conduct of politicians. These essentially commit representatives to transparency, openness, independence from party control, and the ethic of public service. Click here to read them in full.
(Image from the ‘One Love One Leeds’ community gathering event in Beeston Hill in 2011, co-organised by Ed.)