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Training Day by Tom Duce & Jean Robertson-Molloy.

On 26th January new member Tom Duce and veteran member Jean Robertson-Molloy attended an Election Training Day at Green Party HQ. Here's what they thought of it.

The day was organised by Laura Davenport. It was an extremely interesting and informative day. And it was great to see some of the 'big wigs' of the Party. There were many excellent speakers, including Jean and Steve Lambert, Caroline Russell, Shahrar Ali, Tom Chance, and Clare Phipps. Jenny Jones arrived at the beginning to tell us about what can and can't be done in the House of Lords, and at the end Natalie spoke movingly about being inspired by meeting an asylum seeker held for years in a detention centre. In the afternoon there were two workshops where we were all encouraged to contribute. Some of the topics which were discussed during the day were:

Housing - Tom Chance: The housing shortage is due the historic lack of building, especially of social housing. We should focus on building houses for people to live in, rather than for investors, and end the culture of 'buy-to-let'.

Transport - Caroline Russell: Walking and cycling should have priority on our roads with 20 mph limits in every residential street. We should encourage walking.

Immigration - Jean Lambert: Immigration law is about equality of treatment with UK citizens. People feel they are being lied to but fewer than 1% of immigrants are out of work and claiming benefit.

Environment - Tom Chance: The protection of parks and open spaces is always popular on the doorstep. Also, Boris is not hitting targets on reducing air pollution. To reduce energy costs, we need to focus on insulation not energy prices. "We can't afford not to act" is the best answer to concerns about the costs of green energy.

Europe - The Euro elections use PR so 'every green vote counts'. With Green voices in Europe we can tackle climate change internationally. Greens put people before corporations and therefore oppose the secret US-Euro trade deal (TTIP).

First published in the EGP members newsletter, February 2014

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