Monday, December 4, 2023

Green Party Co-Leader to Visit Belper Next Week

Caroline Lucas, the co-leader of the Green Party, will be visiting Amber Valley on Friday February 3.

Caroline, who is the MP for Brighton Pavilion, will be in Duffield and Belper as the guest of the Amber Valley Green Party, which was officially formed last year.

Lucas shares the leadership position with Jonathon Bartley, the co-leaders took over the position after Natalie Bennett stepped down last September.

During the afternoon she will talk to students at The Ecclesbourne School, in Duffield, where she will also take part in a Q&A session.

In the evening the MP will address members, activists and volunteers at The Alton Manor Community Centre, in Gregorys Way, Belper. Amber Valley members have carried out a doorstep survey of residents in Duffield in the last few weeks to find out their main concerns.

At the top of the list was protecting the NHS and the greenbelt but they were also worried about the lack of affordable homes in the area, the lack of facilities for young people and road safety.

Sue MacFarlane, who will be standing as a Green Party candidate in the Derbyshire County Council elections in May, says she is delighted Caroline has found time in her busy schedule to visit Amber Valley. She said: “I am looking forward to being able to introduce her to our supporters. They are all working hard campaigning for the party as well as giving support to other local groups and organisations, but it will definitely be a fantastic boost to have Caroline motivate us even more.”

The co-leader will be at Ecclesbourne from 1.40pm-2.30pm and at the Belper meeting from 6pm-7.30pm.

Claire Meese


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