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Our Campaign by David Flint

Enfield Green Party has delivered nearly 30,000 leaflets in our development ward - Winchmore Hill. By the end of the campaign we'll have delivered two issues of London Green News, two Jean Lambert leaflets and our own campaigning leaflet to each of over 5,000 addresses in that ward. We'll also have delivered a Jean Lambert leaflet to at least 10,000 addresses in other wards. Our candidates in Winchmore Hill are all local residents and seasoned members of the party: Jean Robertson-Molloy, Alison Philips and Bill Linton.

We've also issued policy statements on housing and air pollution. Here are some of the key points:

Bill Linton on Housing: "Housing is a mess. The current system works well for the prosperous, for banks and for landlords. It works badly for young people who want to get their own home or start a family and it's a nightmare for the poor.

For thirty years successive governments have seen housing as an investment, an electoral bribe or a way of stimulating the economy. Always, in fact, as something other than places to live. That is why we have a housing crisis. And that's why we need a fundamentally new approach".

Jean Robertson-Molloy on air pollution: "Air pollution in London is responsible for 4,000 premature deaths every year and it's getting worse. Air pollution is the great unrecognised killer and causes more premature deaths than alcoholism or obesity. Only smoking is more deadly.

Even in Winchmore Hill the 17,000 vehicles per day that use Green Lanes create a real health hazard. They emit about 3 tons per year of poisonous NO2. Even at low levels, oxides of nitrogen can irritate eyes, nose, throat and lungs, sometimes leading to coughing, shortness of breath, tiredness and nausea.

As Greens we have long-standing commitments to clean air and water. We campaigned against lead in petrol and that success has been well rewarded. Yet these data show that the job remains unfinished. Our defence of the environment is a vital public health measure, not a middle-class indulgence".

First published in the EGP members newsletter, May 2014

Published and promoted by Bill Linton for Enfield Green Party, both at 39A Fox Lane, London N13 4AJ