2018 Borough Elections: Our Strategy

Joint campaigns with Liberal Democrats in six wards

In the local elections on 3rd May, the Greens and Liberal Democrats have agreed to run joint campaigns in six wards. There will be two Liberal Democrat candidates and one Green candidate in each of the following wards: Barnes; Fulwell & Hampton Hill; Ham, Petersham & Richmond Riverside; Hampton Wick; South Richmond; and South Twickenham.

Deeply flawed voting system

The two parties are doing this because the deeply flawed first-past-the-post voting system creates a council dominated by just two parties. Both Richmond & Twickenham Green Party and Twickenham & Richmond Liberal Democrats believe that Richmond Council is less representative and its decision-making is poorer for not having a wider range of political voices in the Council Chamber. We hope voters agree that the constraints of the electoral system have forced us to make some difficult choices to get more diverse voices on Richmond Council. Both parties continue to fight hard to change the outdated electoral system.

Vote 1 Green and 2 Lib Dems

The Green Party would like to thank all our supporters who have voted for us in the past and hope that you will be able to vote 1 Green and 2 Lib Dems in these six wards on 3rd May.

Towards wider representation

Richard Bennett, Green Party Coordinator and candidate for South Twickenham says: “The Green Party believes in collaborating with other parties at all levels of our elected bodies to achieve the best outcome for residents. Until we have a fairer system that allows voters to choose equally between a wider range of candidates and parties, we are working with the Liberal Democrats to ensure Richmond Borough has a wider range of representation on the Council after the May elections.

Why we are not standing in 12 wards

“We are aware that our strategy of targeting 6 wards across the borough means there are 12 wards where we are not offering our supporters the chance to vote Green. For this we are truly sorry – but we firmly believe that working cooperatively with the Liberal Democrats offers the best chance to take control of your local council from the Conservatives. We also expect to make a difference by getting your first Green Councillors elected in the Borough.
We urge you still to use your vote.”

Candidates in the six ‘joint wards’: (click on the ward for campaign newsletter)


Barnes
Nicola Albon (Grn), Merlene Emerson (LD), Anne McKee (LD)


Fulwell & Hampton Hill
Monica Saunders (Grn), Jonathan Cardy (LD), Matthew Hull (LD)

Ham, Petersham & Richmond Riverside
Andree Frieze (Grn), Penny Frost (LD), Gareth Richards (LD)


Hampton Wick
Dylan Baxendale (Grn), Robin Brown (LD), Jim Millard (LD)


South Richmond
Elizabeth Nash (Grn), Bill Newton (LD), Paulina Vassileva (LD)


South Twickenham
Richard Bennett (Grn), Michael Butlin(LD), Katie Mansfield (LD)

 

 

Fulwell & Hampton Hill Ward                        Ham, Petersham & Richmond Riverside Ward

 

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 Monica Saunders 

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Andree Frieze

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Monica Saunders Supporting Statement for nomination as Candidate for 2018 borough elections in Fulwell & Hampton Hill Ward
 
I’ve lived in Fulwell for 36 years, so know the area and many local people pretty well. There are probably 3 key issues which shape my politics and which have particular importance for me:
 
1) I joined the Green Party in 2000, partly because I felt I should ‘put my money where my mouth is’. Having been involved with Amnesty International, Greenpeace and CND for many years, the Green Party seemed to be the only political party to emphasise our connectivity/interdependence not only with each other but also with the natural world. The impact and consequences of our own lifestyles, driven mostly by a culture of citizens as consumers, was missing from political debate. I feel we have a responsibility to each other and our natural environment, whether that’s someone who lives in the same street, the other side of the world, or future generations.
 
 
2) In my teens I volunteered for voluntary work with the elderly and then moved onto Carer jobs whilst a student, as well as factory work, waitressing, cleaning. I found I really loved working in the ‘care’ sector and so my employment was mostly in the NHS over the next 30 years, managing the closure of long-stay institutions and working cross-agency, to develop community services (housing, employment, personal support) for people with a learning disability and for people with serious mental health problems.  I’ve continued with voluntary work, having served on the Management Committee of a housing & care voluntary organisation for people with special needs, volunteered for The Food Chain (an organisation providing a free Meals-on-Wheels service for people with HIV or AIDS), helped at a social enterprise offering literacy and numeracy classes to unemployed adults and, over the last  4 years volunteered with Refugee Action Kingston.  Much as I’ve loved working in the sector, I’ve also witnessed cruelty towards vulnerable people and loss of dignity as a result of circumstances or discrimination. How we provide for and treat people, but particularly the most vulnerable in our communities, is a really crucial issue for me.
 
3) Cycling is my main form of transport.  Since I started commuting by bike, over 30 years ago, I’ve developed breathing problems, necessitating the use of inhalers periodically.  I’ve also had my fair share of accidents. The link between our health and transport is now receiving greater publicity, but has been an issue I’ve felt very strongly about for some time.  I was involved in setting up Richmond-upon-Thames 20s Plenty, (a campaign for 20mph default speed limit) and more recently became involved  in the pan-West London Make Air Safe & Clean Group, and am a member, though not sufficiently active, of Richmond Cycling Campaign.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andree Frieze Supporting Statement for nomination as  Candidate for 2018 borough elections in Ham, Petersham & Richmond Riverside Ward
 
I have lived in North Kingston since 2001, although my connections with the borough go back over 30 years to when my family moved to Twickenham. My two sons attend Grey Court School in Ham and, as well as looking after them, I am a freelance interiors journalist with 20 years' experience of national newspapers and magazines. I also work part-time for a Hampton Wick-based charity, Jeevika Trust, as Community Relations Officer.
 
Green Party experience and campaigning Since joining the Green Party in 2012 I have been both social media and events officer. Currently, I manage the Richmond & Twickenham Green Party Facebook page and Twitter account. In 2014/2015 I organized two highly successful events, each raising over £400.
 
Earlier this year, I was part of the successful campaign alongside the Ham LibDems to stop London Fire Brigade removing the second fire engine from Kingston station, which would have impacted the safety of residents across Ham, Petersham, Tudor and Canbury wards.  
 
Borough-wide campaigning From late 2014 I have been working with residents as part of Refugees Welcome in Richmond to get the council to take Syrian refugees via the UN's Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme.  
 
In Kew, I was part of a local group which stopped a primary school being built on the totally unsuitable site next to the A316 at Manor Circus in Richmond, while in North Kingston I have helped prevent mobile phone masts being installed in unacceptable locations and blocked a new road being built to connect with an already congested road. I also campaigned as part of Kingston Residents Association against the over-development of the town centre, speaking at council meetings and publicising the issue.
 
Community group memberships Locally, I sit on the committee of the Ham & Petersham Neighbourhood Forum, which has written a Neighbourhood Plan for the area, and I initiated a similar Forum with residents in North Kingston. I was a governor at my sons' primary school in North Kingston for four years, which gave me an insight into how schools are run, the financial challenges they face as well as the dedication of the staff involved.  
 
Additionally, I sat on the Tudor Area Residents Association Kingston for 12 months (2015-2016), but had to step down so I could focus my activities on our target ward. However, I am currently working with concerned residents in North Kingston to highlight the need to councillors for a segregated cycle path along Tudor Drive, which connects with Ham.
 
Air pollution, 20mph and cycling are all topics I’ve been active on across both boroughs, helping organise public events, speaking on Kingston Environment Radio and writing responses to Kingston council’s Air Quality Action Plan. I am a member of the group Make Air Safe & Clean,
which brings people from various groups across southwest London concerned about pollution, to share knowledge and campaign together.
 
Election experience In the 2015 General Election I stood in Richmond Park, where we achieved 3,548 votes, 6% of the total. This meant we kept our deposit – the first time ever for the local party, and the only outer London borough to do so. This was achieved through holding stalls, leafleting wards and canvassing voters, giving me and the party invaluable experience about our communities' concerns and how to put across Green Party policies. The other essential experience I gained was from the hustings I attended, which were either on specific topics such as social care, small businesses and Human Rights or general Q&As, where issues like Heathrow, the NHS and housing came up.  
 
I stood as the candidate for the South West London constituency in May 2016 and helped keep our vote share the same as 2012, propelling the Green Party to the third party in London. . Commitment to win As part of the H,P&RR campaign team, we have already canvassed or surveyed a large number of homes within the ward and I am fully prepared to door knock across the ward between now and May 2018 to ensure we reach every resident. I understand that door knocking is not an election-only activity, and commit to continuing this vital communication with residents all-year round.
 
I have already dedicated much of my time to activities in HP&RR, and will continue to do so if elected, alongside my councillor duties and my part-time work.

 

Our election strategy – joint campaigns with Liberal Democrats in six wards

In the local elections on 3rd May, the Greens and Liberal Democrats have agreed to run joint campaigns in six wards. There will be two Liberal Democrat candidates and one Green candidate in each of the following wards: Barnes; Fulwell & Hampton Hill; Ham, Petersham & Richmond Riverside; Hampton Wick; South Richmond; and South Twickenham.

Deeply flawed voting system

The two parties are doing this because the deeply flawed first-past-the-post voting system creates a council dominated by just two parties. Both Richmond & Twickenham Green Party and Twickenham & Richmond Liberal Democrats believe that Richmond Council is less representative and its decision-making is poorer for not having a wider range of political voices in the Council Chamber. We hope voters agree that the constraints of the electoral system have forced us to make some difficult choices to get more diverse voices on Richmond Council. Both parties continue to fight hard to change the outdated electoral system.

Vote 1 green and 2 Lib Dems

The Green Party would like to thank all our supporters who have voted for us in the past and hope that you will be able to vote 1 Green and 2 Lib Dems in these six wards on 3rd May.

Towards wider representation

Richard Bennett, Green Party Coordinator and candidate for South Twickenham says: “The Green Party believes in collaborating with other parties at all levels of our elected bodies to achieve the best outcome for residents. Until we have a fairer system that allows voters to choose equally between a wider range of candidates and parties, we are working with the Liberal Democrats to ensure Richmond Borough has a wider range of representation on the Council after the May elections.

Why we are not standing in 12 wards

We are aware that our strategy of targeting 6 wards across the borough means there are 12 wards where we are not offering our supporters the chance to vote Green. For this we are truly sorry – but we firmly believe that working cooperatively with the Liberal Democrats offers the best chance to take control of your local council from the Conservatives. We also expect to make a difference by getting your first Green Councillors elected in the Borough.
We urge you still to use your vote.”

 

Candidates in the six ‘joint wards’:

Barnes

Nicola Albon (Grn), Merlene Emerson (LD), Anne McKee (LD)

 

Fulwell & Hampton Hill

Monica Saunders (Grn), Jonathan Cardy (LD), Matthew Hull (LD)

 

Ham, Petersham & Richmond Riverside

Andree Frieze (Grn), Penny Frost (LD), Gareth Richards (LD)

 

Hampton Wick

Dylan Baxendale (Grn), Robin Brown (LD), Jim Millard (LD)

 

South Richmond

Elizabeth Nash (Grn), Bill Newton (LD), Paulina Vassileva (LD)

 

South Twickenham

Richard Bennett (Grn), Michael Butlin(LD), Katie Mansfield (LD)