Published and promoted by S. Bartle on behalf of Brent Green Party and Shaka Lish and Michaela Lichten c/o 23 Saltcroft Close, Wembley, HA9 9JJ and promoted by Aidan Cottrell-Boyce on behalf of John Mansook c/o National Green Party office, The Biscuit Factory, Unit 201 A Block, 100 Clements Road, London, SE16 4DG.

17 Mar 2018

Watermelon on line

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Hard copies available FREE for Green Left members £1.50 to fellow travellers, contact

11 Mar 2018

Fire and cold - time for justice for high-rise residents!

Fire and cold - time for justice for high-rise residents!

7 - 9 pm, 15 March, Crossroads Women's Centre, NW5 2DX 

Since the public meeting in January and our followup meeting in February, we've been forging ahead on this, working with residents in three estates to see what can be won, and getting some national attention on the fact that thousands of people are now freezing without insulation or cladding on their high-rise blocks, while others are still living in danger.  We've gathered a lot of really damning information about how the government, developers, and manufacturers -- and in particular the plastics industry -- have put residents at risk, and have put together a dynamite factsheet that will be a very useful tool; we have shared it with MPs and others before, and at, a parliamentary debate.  

Our position is: Central government, not residents, caused this national disaster, and central government, not residents, should pay to deal with it, and ensure that people can keep warm and dry, and cladding is replaced without delay.

At this meeting -- our regular monthly meeting postponed from 1 March because too many people couldn't make it in the snow -- we will present some of this information, before discussing demands, strategy, and next steps in this campaign, and how to build on our heightened media presence -- since last time, Radio London, BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme, BBC Channel 5 News, and ITN news (still to be broadcast), in addition to Vice and our letter in the Guardian on cladding.  

Your input would be very welcome!  If anyone can come from an estate affected by these or similar issues, you will have time to go into a bit more detail about your situation.  

There's also a lot more happening, on District Heating, energy prices and caps, our Mini-Guide, casework, the Mayor's London Plan, fracking, divesting from fossil fuels  . . . please keep urgent reports to a couple of minutes.  Some reports can carry over to the following meeting -- 5 April in Stockwell to allow more time to work out our strategy on cladding and insulation, and to discuss some ideas on how to bring in more people who can help with FPA's work on a weekly basis, and also to get funding for it!
As always, the venue is fully wheelchair accessible.  It really helps if you have a minute to indicate if you're

Hope to see you there, or soon.  


10 Mar 2018

Friends of Paddington Old Cemetery

Friends of Paddington Old Cemetery

Hi All
We have arranged a meeting for 6:45 on Wednesday  March the 14th.

Cllr John Duffy will provide update on recent events, plus there will be feedback on last weeks joint FoPOC and council officers

Location, Kilburn Square Coop Meeting room 
Kilburn Square Victoria Road
London NW6 6PT
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14 Feb 2018

HDV going to Court of Appeal.

HDV going to Court of Appeal.

 Grateful for any promotion of second round of crowdfunding, for HDV going to Court of Appeal.

We are challenging on all four grounds and the judge has left that open as in one case he says that the outcome may well have been different if Haringey had consulted on HDV which it was admitted they did not.
The judgement rests in good part on our being ‘’out of time’’ but there is a very strong case that we could not challenge the decision until it was in fact set up in July 2017.
And it will matter for Councils, and local democracy across the country, if we can get a ruling against the way in which Cabinet was used to determine assets transfer and strategic decisions, exclusive of the Council, and wider public.

The political battle has now been won locally, and is reverberating more widely. But the HDV is only halted, not stopped altogether.

The renewed crowdfunder — for the £7k more for Appeal - needs some punters again.

8 Feb 2018

Greens for a Fossil Fuels Free Brent Pension Fund

Brent Green Party support this petition to ask Brent Council to divest its pension fund from fossil fuel companies that contribute to global warming and catastrophic climate change.

Sign the petition HERE

Brent Council should divest its pension fund from fossil fuel companies to protect the people of Brent. So we ask Brent Council to make a public divestment statement committing the Brent Pension Fund to:

1. Immediately freeze any new investment in the top 200 publicly-traded fossil fuel companies with largest known carbon reserves (oil, coal and gas) [0]
2. Divest from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds in the top 200 list and shift these funds to lower risk, ethical investments before the May 2022 Council elections
3. Advocate to other pension funds, including the London Pension Fund Authority and Local Government Pension Scheme members to do the same
4. To do the above in a timely manner - by setting up a working group to report back on a strategy to bring about divestment within three months from the submission of this petition

Why is this important?

We believe divestment from fossil fuels to be not only ethically and environmentally correct, but also financially prudent. 

Climate change is the greatest challenge humanity has encountered. The 20 hottest years on record have all occurred since 1981 and 2016 was the hottest ever [1]. Higher average temperatures are directly linked to extreme weather events such as heat waves, droughts, floods and storms. 

Scientists have unanimously concluded that these changes are a consequence of human activity, arising from the burning of fossil fuels [2]. Moreover, this activity has resulted in unprecedented levels of air pollution, now regarded as a major world killer [3].

In a speech at Lloyd’s of London in September 2015, Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England said that by the time ‘climate change becomes a defining issue for financial stability, it may already be too late’. Carney warned investors that policies to address climate change ‘would render the vast majority of reserves ‘stranded’ – oil, gas and coal that will be literally unburnable’ [4].

In order to continue developing fossil fuel reserves – particularly in the difficult areas where the remaining reserves are located (including the Arctic, the mouth of the Amazon and tar sands in sensitive areas) the developing companies need investment – divestment is a way of cutting off the funds needed to carry out these damaging activities. It also sends a powerful signal to the companies and others that it is time to move away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy.


1 Feb 2018

Will you join me this Saturday to defend our NHS?

My dad was a doctor in the NHS all his working life. My son is disabled and relies on the NHS for his wellbeing. I know how precious our health service is.
I’ll be addressing tens of thousands of people this Saturday, all coming together defend our NHS against this Government’s savage attacks and cuts.
Make no mistake. It’s not the disabled who are responsible for our NHS crisis. It’s not the elderly. It’s not immigrants. It’s not the tireless doctors and nurses and staff. 
Our Government has caused this crisis. 
This is just one reason we need to fight for a vote on the final Brexit deal. We have to protect freedom of movement to keep our NHS on its feet. And we can’t fight austerity while we’re punished by a hard Brexit, overseen by a Government which wants to marketise our healthcare.
This Saturday, I’ll be calling on all parties to support a vote on the final Brexit deal - so we can revive, reinstate, and restore our NHS. 
See you on the streets,
Jonathan Bartley

Co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales.

30 Jan 2018

NHS In Crisis: Green Party Bloc


NHS In Crisis: Green Party Bloc

  • Saturday at 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    4 days from now2–6°Rain Showers
  • 82 Gower St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6EQ
Our NHS is on its knees, thanks to ideological attacks and cuts from this Tory Government. In the 70th year of our health service, let's take to the streets to defend it.

The People's Assembly have organised this demonstration, and the Green Party is proud to support it. Join our bloc outside Waterstones, 82 Gower St, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 6EQ from 11.30am.

Our co-leader Jonathan Bartley will be speaking at the rally at the end of the march, so make sure you stick around. More details on the demonstration can be found here:

This NHS winter crisis isn't the fault of the immigrants, the disabled, the elderly or the nurses. It's the fault of our Government. This Saturday, join us to defend our NHS.


Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group protested outside Neasden Jobcentre 0n Tuesday 30th January 2018, leafleting the public and playing music, by ‘The Fall’ to mourn the fact that, the jobcentre was about to go the same way as Mark E.Smith, or nearly the same way, as he wasn’t sold off for development.

Below are proposed closure dates of Neasden & Kilburn as per The Mirror newspaper.

Neasden Chancel House, Neasden Lane, NW10 2XH - 16 February 2018 - merging with Harlesden and Wembley jobcentres.

Kilburn, 3 Cambridge Avenue, NW6 5AH - 2 March 2018 - merging with Wembley and Kentish Town jobcentres.

KUWG write: "KUWG have petitioned the DWP with signatures by claimants, and got support from local Labour MPs Tulip Siddiq, and Karen Buck, with Labour and Green Party Councillors, opposing the wretched closures. Poor, Sick, and confused people will find themselves out-of-pocket, and most likely missing appointments or being late and getting sanctioned. There have been nationwide closures and protests but this Rotten Conservative Government have been as stubborn as asses, to stop, but seem content in making our lives miserable.

David Gauke (ex-Corporate Solicitor) who pushed through this cost-cutting project, got his reward, The Ministry Of (In)Justice, although the Constituents of Brent East didn’t elect him when he stood here as a Candidate, then he was given a safe Tory Seat. No Jobcentre interviews for him! Esther McVey (ex-Family Business Director)  the new DWP Secretary of State, was kicked out of her Wirral West Seat at the 2015 election, but was then given George Loadsa money Osborne’s safe Tory seat. No Jobcentre interview for her either! Guy Opperhan (ex-Barrister), (DWP) Parliamentary Under-Secretary lost TWO elections...Theresa May seems to love below-calibre losers! The new Minister of Employment is Alok Sharma (ex-Corporate Accountant)-these are not your common man, or woman, but Corporate Schmucks! No idea of jobcentres! All eager to also push thru disastrous Universal Credit!!"

 P.Murry came to give the support of Brent Green Party and the Green Party Trade Union group and PCS (the Public and Commercial Services Union, which represents Jobcentre staff ) said "Appreciate groups like yours helping to ensure these job centres don’t just disappear from communities without any acknowledgement of their contribution and place."

KUWG are also protesting Tuesday 6th February 2018 2pm-2.30pm Outside DWP HQ Caxton House, 12 Tothill Street, SW1H 9NA   to ‘welcome’ Esther McVey as the new boss, with then a coffee-break and walk to the Ministry of (In)Justice, for 3pm-3.30pm, 102 Petty France, SW1H 9AJ to say “Hi” to ex-DWP boss David Gauke, Lest he forgets us (St James’ Park Tube Station is between them both & both near Westminster Tube)

As The Who sang: “Meet the new boss...same as the old boss”

Asbestos contaminated soil in Paddington Old Cemetery. OPEN Letter

OPEN Letter to CEO London Borough of Brent, Councillor Butt,

Councillor Southwood cc Councillor Duffy

As Green Party Trade Union Liaison Officer for Brent and for the London Federation of Green Parties, and as a council tax paying resident of the London Borough of Brent, I am very concerned to hear from Councillor Duffy’s email, that there are contamination problems arising from the dumping and disposal of asbestos contaminated soil in Paddington Old Cemetery. 

As I am sure the CEO of Brent and the Brent Councillors dealing with this matter, are aware asbestos is relatively safe when undisturbed, but if it is caused to give off dust, which is harmful if inhaled, that dust can give rise to severe health problems which may not be apparent until years later.

I would therefore like assurances that the Council did not deliberately send asbestos contaminated waste to Paddington Old Cemetery, and that once Council became aware of the presence of such waste, it ensured that:

1.  all workers dealing with the waste were fully briefed as to its potentially hazardous nature and advised to inform their GPs of possible exposure.

2.  all workers dealing with the waste were fully equipped with appropriate protection

3.  measures were taken to ensure that the waste would affect members of the public visiting the Cemetery and the students and staff of the school which neighbours the Cemetery.

4.  the school and the NEU Health and Safety representative was notified of the presence of the waste and warned when it was likely to be disturbed.

Yours sincerely Peter Murry

28 Jan 2018

The Village School in Kingsbury

As Green Party Trade Union Liaison Officer for Brent and for the London Federation of Green Parties, I am both pleased and sad to be sending support to the teachers at The Village School in Kingsbury for a second time.

I am pleased to convey the support of the Green Party to Trades unionists who oppose academisations, and because, as a UCU member, I have the greatest respect for the NEU members who are now taking strike action again to protect a public education service for the people of Brent which large amounts of council resources have been paid to develop.

I am saddened that the strike is now taking place because of the intransigence of the School Governors and their Chair, (who is also the Brent Labour Group whip), and the refusal of the Brent Labour Leader Muhammed Butt to clearly oppose academisation of the Village School; although it is becoming increasingly apparent that academisation is an expensive and unworkable policy which is of minimal benefit to education.



NEU- The National Education Union:

UCU The University and College Union 

27 Jan 2018

Daily Mirror & Sunday Mirror back the emergency NHS demonstration next week.

Daily Mirror & Sunday Mirror back the emergency NHS demonstration next week.

We're very pleased to announce that the Daily Mirror &  Sunday Mirror are the latest to come on board and officially back the emergency NHS demonstration next week. 
Tens of thousands will march for our NHS next Saturday in an emergency demonstration called by The People's Assembly & Health Campaigns Together. The demonstration will demand an end the winter crisis with a cash injection to restore the NHS budget and a commitment to increased funding each year.
Emergency Demonstration - NHS in Crisis: Fix it Now
Saturday 3 February, 12pm Gower Street London, March to Downing Street
Everyday from now until the demo they'll be running stories on why the NHS demonstration is so important including interviews from the front line, details of the route and speakers, quotes from organisers, union representatives, celebs and more. 
Why are you marching?
We're asking for people to send in a short quote (under 100 words) about why they're marching and what the NHS means to them - we'll include a selection of quotes in the Mirror and use others on our website and on social media. Please also include a headshot of yourself in the email. Send these to:
How you can help:
Other exclusive stories and interviews will also be run in the Morning Star newspaper who have always backed our demonstrations, protests and been central to the anti-austerity movement. Keep an eye on their website and paper for details.
In case you missed it:

The People's Assembly Against Austerity

26 Jan 2018

farewell to Neasden Jobcentre

"At KUWG today we agreed to wear black as our farewell to Neasden Jobcentre Tues 30/1/18 1pm-2pm. [Non-KUWG members welcome"

Address: Chancel House, Neasden Ln, Church End & Roundwood, London NW10 2XH

22 Jan 2018

Jenny Jones supports call for Paddington Cemetery asbestos investigation

Dust at Paddington Cemetery (FPC)
Jenny Jones (Baroness Jones of Moulsecoom) the Green Party member of the House of Lords, has written to Brent Council supporting  the call for an independent investigation into the asbestos contamination in Paddington Cemetery LINK.

Jones writes:
Cllr Duffy has written to me on behalf of a the Friends Of Paddington Cemetery (FPC), a local residents group. The group have concerns around the issue of the inappropriate use of asbestos contaminated soil to create additional burial sites in the Cemetery. Having read their concerns I am troubled by the lack of transparency being shown by the council and by the secretive way senior officers and leadership of the council are conducting themselves.

Can you tell me how the waste arrived on site and did the council knowingly deliver contaminated (with asbestos) waste to Paddington Cemetery in August 2015?

I am further troubled by the failure of your in-house audit team to interview any residents or member of the workforce who may have been exposed  to the asbestos. NHS guidelines say "While asbestos can be dangerous, it does not present a health risk if left undisturbed, but if material containing asbestos is damaged, it can release a fine dust that contains asbestos fibres. When the dust is breathed in, the asbestos fibres enter the lungs and can gradually damage them over time.” 

The pictures provided by FPC  (above) clearly show a considerable amount of dust being raised by the workman on the mound after the asbestos was discovered. If the council allows those workmen to work on the mound without protective overalls and masks and training, it's a very serious matter that puts both the workmen and public at risk.

Based on the evidence I have seen I should like to add my support to FPC efforts to have an independent investigation. Cllr Duffy has suggested an expert on Health and Safety should oversee this which seems appropriate to me. I hope you agree to an independent investigation.