14 October 2014
The Selby Green party was officially formed at a lively meeting at Scott Road Community Centre, last Monday night, October 13th.
Local Party Development Officer Martin Hemingway commented on how busy he was, saying "Within the last few months new Green parties have sprung up in Otley, Richmond, Ilkley and Barnsley, and it is great to see Selby joining in with these other towns." Martin added, "Along with established branches of the party in York and Leeds, membership of the Greens in Yorkshire has now soared by almost 30% since July this year to 1800."
Newly-elected chair of the Selby Green Party, Caroline Littler led discussions on how an active Green party will make a difference in Selby. "We think there is a need for Green input on local matters like traffic calming to reduce casualties on the roads, regional matters like the need to bring forward the electrification of the railway from Leeds to Hull, along with the national scandal that is the abuse of property rights linked to fracking."
The Green's national leader Natalie Bennett sent Caroline a message of support when she heard of plans to launch the Selby Green Party; "You might be starting small, but keep thinking big!"
Having received over 5% of the Selby area vote in the recent Euro elections, as well as out-polling the Liberal Democrats, Caroline is certain that the Green Party can play a significant part in the future politics of the Selby district. She hoped there would be a Green candidate in many of the wards in the upcoming Selby District Council elections next May.