Greens launch local ‘Mini-Manifesto’

Green Party Candidate Ron Meldrum

Green Party Candidate Ron Meldrum

Eastleigh Green Party has launched thier own ‘mini-manifesto’ which they say should give local voters an idea of the kind of things their Parliamentary candidate Ron Meldrum and their prospective borough candidates will be pushing for if they are elected on May 7.

The Greens say they will try to combat local traffic congestion through reduced car usage with initiatives such as car sharing, and encouraging freight companies to utilise the rails as well as improving cycle ways in the area.

Ron Meldrum says education is on of his biggest campaign issues and the manifesto promises to put emotional wellbeing at the core of schooling and moving away from academic-centric curriculums to ensure that all children’s individualities are catered for.

The manifesto also touches on the top two topics to emerge as key concerns for locals in recent hustings – the NHS and housing.

The Greens feel the critical care hospital development planned for north of the M3 is a concern to many constituents because of the distance. Ron promises to address the GP deficit if elected which is another issue the part says many constituents have raised.

The Green Party has promised to develop more social housing and to do so in environmentally conscious locations and not they say, “by tearing down NHS facilities such as Moorgreen Hospital or building on green spaces such as Stoneham Lane.”

The manifesto also suggests a move to the economic system of ‘Positive Money’ that could help alleviate the perceived strain on local services such as housing, education, and health.

It states those are the policy areas that need to be focussed on as opposed to “blaming migrants.”
Ron Meldrum said in a press release:

“We must not scapegoat already marginalised groups. We are all human, and we all have a right to a good quality of life.”

The document also looks at employment, the economy, defence, climate change, and the Green Party’s controversial drug policy.

The mini-manifesto can be viewed here

The following candidates are also standing in the Eastleigh Parliamentary Election:

Declan Clune – TUSC

Mark Latham- Labour

Mike Thornton – Liberal Democrat

Mims Davies- Conservative

Patricia Culligan -Ukip

Ray Hall – Beer, Baccy and Scratchings

There will be a public hustings for all the Parliamentary candidates next Wednesday, 29 April at Kings Community Church, Hedge End starting at 7.30 pm.

  13 comments for “Greens launch local ‘Mini-Manifesto’

  1. John Renard
    April 27, 2015 at 1:14 am

    PLEASE amend your first sentence to correct your typo – it’s! Also, paragraph 4, husting’s! Para 5, part (presumably party).

  2. Sue
    April 27, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Ron if you read this maybe you can say a bit more re the positive money comment? I’m interested re how this would work?

    • Ron Meldrum
      April 27, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      Hi Sue

      Positive Money, Is a system that takes the control away from private banks to simply print money, as they do now, and give the supply of many to a separate organization who.s job is to control the money supply and inflation. This is Green Party policy. The major difference being that, when a bank creates money it is based on debt on which interest is payable. The new system is not based on debt, hence there is no interest to pay. It is believed that this will help create a stable and sustainable society. There is much written about Positive Money and all available on the Internet.Iceland is currently looking change to a positive money system and Greece maybe forced into adopting this system.

      • Sue
        April 28, 2015 at 4:35 pm

        Thanks Ron ——— that seems to make a lot of sense!

    • April 27, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      I would hope that it means (amongst other things) that savers get a decent return on their investment.

      7 years after the crash, the Govt and BoE still haven’t got the balance between saving and borrowing right. They are still penalising savers to the advantage of borrowers…

  3. April 27, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Good to see one party not Kow towing to Ukips immigration issues.
    All power to them I say!

    • April 28, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      UKIPs main issue is with the EU, Nick.

      • mm
        Eastleigh Xpress
        April 28, 2015 at 9:35 pm

        Perhaps, but isn’t their main issue with the EU, immigration?

        • April 28, 2015 at 9:57 pm

          Open borders and the uncontrolled, completely unmanageable migration that policy has caused is one of many issues with the EU.

  4. simon
    April 28, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    does this mean immigration within Europe will be totally un restricted?

  5. snook674@btinternet.com
    May 4, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    26/1/2015 the Guardian
    Osborne urges ministers to fast track franking measures in a leaked letter.

    The Chancellors list of request, including responding to ‘ask’ from Cuadrilla
    laid out in a letter to cabinet colleagues. David Cameron has said the government is “going all out for shale gas in the UK, claming it would create thousands of jobs. “Why have our politicians ignored this”?

    Sam Snook
    Local Campaigner

  6. Sue
    May 4, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    I know who live and work in Europe at the moment. I also know many who have done it in the past. If we leave the EU or rearrange the free movement stuff then what happens to them? Also those other countries do support our people when they are there which includes allowing them to claim benefits. So what I’m asking of those who dont like the free movement idea is are there any stats re how many of our UK citizens working abroad would be adversely affected?

  7. Sue
    May 4, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    *above I know people who live and work in Europe —–

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