Fracking, foodbanks and finance are just three of the topics that will be addressed during a tour of the South West by Green Party leader Natalie Bennett and leading South West European Parliamentary candidates.
Natalie Bennett will be visiting Bristol, Weston-super-Mare, Bath, Swindon, Taunton and Exeter during her three day tour which begins on Thursday 10th October . She will be attending a wide range of events and meetings, many of which will be open to the public. Open events include a discussion on the growth of foodbanks in Weston-super-Mare; a Q&A session in Swindon; a ‘Green Party: The Real Alternative’ meeting in Bath and a film screening of ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’, a documentary on fracking followed by a Q&A in Exeter.
Ms Bennett will also be supporting the Green Party European elections campaign and will be joined by lead South West European candidate, Molly Scott Cato at several events. Having missed out by less than one per cent at the last European elections, Greens believe they are on course to win a seat in the South West this time round. Frequent visits by Party Leader Natalie Bennett to the region are building momentum for the elections in May next year.
Natalie Bennett said:
“I am looking forward to a fascinating mix of events, discussions and issues during my tour of the South West. In particular I am keen to push the Green Party agenda for the European elections campaign. For Greens this means a focus on the need to transform the economy, making it work for people, rather than people working for the economy. That means a living wage; reduced inequality; good jobs in a green economy; promoting the return of manufacturing and food production to Britain; small business being privileged and the rampages of big businesses, particularly the finance sector, held back, and getting away from an economy built on consumer debt and house price bubbles”.
Molly Scott Cato, lead SW candidate for the European elections said:
“I’ve been delighted by the reception I’ve received across the region during my campaigning this summer. It is exciting to be joined by Natalie who is a good friend and who has already established her reputation on some of the key issues facing our region including farming, fracking and the green economy. These are all issues where I anticipate being able to represent the South West after my election in May next year”.
 Full itinerary of three day visit to the South West by Natalie Bennett, Green Party Leader and lead European candidates
Thursday October 10th
3.30pm to 5pm, Youth Hostel, 14 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA – ‘A Green Europe in 2014: Bristol’s priorities’ and Q&A with Natalie Bennett and Emily McIvor, Green Party national speaker on rural affairs and Euroepan candidate 2014
7pm, Grove Suite, Winter Gardens, Weston-super-Mare, meeting with Green Party members followed at 7.30pm by public meeting with Natalie Bennett – ‘Breadline Britain: Why foodbanks are growing faster than supermarkets’
Friday October 11th
AM – possible visit to International Day of the Girl event in Bath, TBC)
12.30pm to 2pm, Cakes & Ale cafe/bar, 1-3 Devizes Road, Old Town, Swindon SN1 4BJ, Q&A with Natalie Bennett and Audaye Elesedy, European candidate 2014
7.30pm to 9.30pm, Friends Meeting House, York Street, Bath BA1 1NG – public meeting ‘The Green Party: The Real Alternative’ with Natalie Bennett and Molly Scott Cato, Green Party national speaker on finance and lead European candidate 2014.
Saturday October 12th
12.30pm, meeting with the UK Youth Parliament (under-18s) in Taunton.
6pm to 8.30pm, University of Exeter, Queens Building, Lecture Theatre 1, Queens Drive, Exeter. Public showing of ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’ followed by a discussion and Q&A with Natalie Bennett on fracking. Lead European candidates will also be present.