Saturday, 5 November 2016

That Was The Week That Was!

Peterborough Green Party members with Jonathan Bartley
Peterborough Green Party members with Green Party leader Jonathan Bartley (centre)
on a visit to Orton Goldhay to talk to residents about the problem of fly tipping there.

Well, that was a busy week!

Orton News

By now you should have received my latest newsletter, the Autumn 2016 edition of Orton News. Already, many of you have called me or sent me an email to tell me how things are in your part of our community and to ask for my help and support with matters of concern. I am always happy to hear from you. I'm very friendly as are the rest of my wonderful team.

Orton News contains different news depending on which area of Orton Waterville ward you live in. Many of you call me just to say thank you for Orton News. It's my pleasure. I am wholly reliant on a team of amazing volunteers that I call 'The Green Leafleteers' to deliver it to you. They are all Peterborough Green Party members or supporters who donate their time to deliver the Orton News to your door (that's nearly 4000 doors in Waterville ward!).

I've never met anyone like The Green Leafleteers. They never complain, I never hear a peep out of them until the job is done, they go out in all weathers and they genuinely love bringing you my newsletter and meeting many of you on their rounds. Thank you to everyone who gives them a kind word. They do what they do for no pay. They are simply motivated by the same things that motivate me: a love of Orton and a desire to make things better for all residents.

Green Leafleteer Steve with her bicycle
Steve is one of our most prolific Green Leafleteers. She delivers to around 800 homes in
Orton Goldhay, usually getting the job done in just two sessions!

Supper in the House of Lords

Supper in the House of Lords
In the company of 15 awesome Green women.

It takes a lot to persuade me to leave Peterborough these days, but on Monday I received an invitation that I could not resist. I was invited to join 15 other Green Party leaders and councillors for supper in the House of Lords, hosted by the Green Party's member of the House of Lords, Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb. It was a 'who's who' of Green Party leadership, including Sian Berry (London Assembly member), Natalie Bennett (former Green Party leader), Caroline Lucas (Green Party leader and MP for Brighton Pavilion), Amelia Womack (Green Party deputy leader) and Molly Scott Cato (Green Party MEP).

I was there to fly the flag for Peterborough and to learn from the experiences of these amazing women. But I had to take an early train back home, because another special visitor would be coming to Peterborough the following morning...

Fly tipping in Orton Goldhay

On Tuesday, it was an early start for me as I was due to make a 7:20am appearance on the BBC Radio Cambridge Breakfast Show to talk about fly tipping in Orton Goldhay, which has grown out of control recently and is causing misery for many residents. This issue is so important that I will write a further and more detailed blog post about it shortly.

At 11am, the other co-leader of the Green Party, Jonathan Bartley, arrived at Peterborough station. Jonathan came to Peterborough to help your local Green Party to highlight the problem of fly tipping in our ward and in Goldhay in particular. Jonathan gave a live interview over the phone to the Paul Stainton Show on BBC Radio Cambs and I then whisked him over to Beckingham in Goldhay to talk to residents who have been affected by the fly tipping epidemic there.

Julie on a resident's doorstep with Jonathan Bartley
Me with Green Party leader Jonathan Bartley discussing the problem
of fly tipping in Orton Goldhay with a local resident.

What a week!

Leaflets, media appearances, trips to Westminster and meetings with Green Party leaders made for a full and invigorating week. And I fit a meeting of Orton Longueville Parish Council in there too! This is what life can be like when you are involved in local politics. It is a blend of speaking to and working with residents to uncover and highlight their concerns and bringing what you find to the attention of the media and the people with the power to make a difference.

We warmly welcome new members to Peterborough Green Party. If you like what we do and would like to be involved with a party that is very positive about supporting local communities and committed to taking action in conjunction with residents to make things happen, get in touch!

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