Why we need Space for cycling in Tameside

spaceforcyclingmassiveTameside Green Party candidates in this week’s local elections have backed proposals from Space for Cycling campaign to support specific improvements to road layouts to make it easier and safer for cyclists to get about Tameside.

Tameside Green Party agree that we should be making it easier for people to get around by bike or on foot, getting onto our bikes is great for our physical and mental health as well as improving the air quality and our bank balances!

Greater Manchester has agreed to invest over £30million in the first phase of the VéloCity program, we need to ensure this money is spent effectively in Tameside.

We need Tameside Council to provide high-quality safe Space for Cycling, we must make the most of this opportunity to realise the massive potential that cycling can offer our communities,

We also need to ensure the VéloCity program is extended to cover the whole of Greater Manchester, with funding until 2025, as pledged in Transport for Greater Manchester’s VéloCity 2025 bid document.

More information about the Space for Cycling Campaign here

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Government fracking bribe: Green Party responds

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The British Government has announced new financial incentives for local authorities who accept fracking in their area.

The new proposals would mean:

– Local authorities will receive all the business rates collected from shale gas schemes – rather than the usual 50%.

– Business rates commitment would mean councils keeping up to £1.7m extra a year from each fracking site.

A spokesperson for Tameside Green Party , said:

“The Government is now bribing local residents in a desperate attempt to impose fracking on our communities. But in reality many people won’t be willing to take the risks associated with Fracking in return for the bribe. We know that Fracking is unlikely to cut bills and poses a real threat to our environment.

This bribe will mean pro-fracking councils are handed cash that could otherwise have been spent of schools, hospitals and investment in renewables.

” The Green Party is now the only major political party opposed to this dash for gas. Rather than carving up the countryside in this reckless pursuit of shale gas we desperately need investment in clean renewable energy and energy efficiency schemes so that we confront climate change and reduce people’s energy bills.”

The British Government has announced new financial incentives for local authorities who accept fracking in their area.

The new proposals would mean:

– Local authorities will receive all the business rates collected from shale gas schemes – rather than the usual 50%.

– Business rates commitment would mean councils keeping up to £1.7m extra a year from each fracking site.

Keith Taylor, the Green Party’s MEP for South East England, said:

“The Government is now bribing local residents in a desperate attempt to impose fracking on our communities. But in reality many people won’t be willing to take the risks associated with Fracking in return for the bribe. We know that Fracking is unlikely to cut bills and poses a real threat to our environment.

This bribe will mean pro-fracking councils are handed cash that could otherwise have been spent of schools, hospitals and investment in renewables.

” The Green Party is now the only major political party opposed to this dash for gas. Rather than carving up the countryside in this reckless pursuit of shale gas we desperately need investment in clean renewable energy and energy efficiency schemes so that we confront climate change and reduce people’s energy bills.”

– See more at: http://www.keithtaylormep.org.uk/2014/01/13/government-fracking-bribe-keith-responds/?utm_source=hootsuite&utm_campaign=hootsuite#sthash.6Ny0csmk.dpuf

Dirty Wars – The Documentary Film screening

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Remarkable, news-breaking revelations Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian

“Shocking, beautifully made and an absolute eye opener” Jon Snow

Gripping, compelling and totally convincing John le Carré

Tameside Green Party will be screening the Documentary Film ‘Dirty Wars’

Monday 27th January, 7.30 pm, The Buffet Bar, Platform 4, Stalybridge Railway Station  Rassbottom Street, SK15 1RF Stalybridge

 

Reporting on a US night raid gone wrong in an Afghan village, journalist Jeremy Scahill discovers a cover-up by an elite military unit. What follows is an international investigation into America’s expanding covert wars.

Scahill’s investigation leads him to unravel the secret manoeuvres of the shadowy and powerful Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) as he is drawn into a world of covert operations unknown to the public and carried out across the globe by men who do not exist on paper and may never appear before Congress. In military jargon, JSOC teams “find, fix, and finish” their targets, who are selected through a secret process. No target is off limits for Obama’s “kill list,” including US citizens.

From Afghanistan to Yemen and Somalia,Scahill meets with Special Forces operators, military generals and US-backed warlords who go on camera and on the record—some for the first time. He tracks down the survivors of targeted assassinations and drone strikes, including the family of the first American citizen being hunted by his own government.

We need this debate here in the UK, the closest collaborator with US policy. The UK’s actions include the sharing of intelligence that directly facilitates the US’ drone assassination policy.

Kat Craig, Reprieve’s legal director, said: “The US covert drone wars around the world are being directly facilitated by the UK government and UK companies. The idea that drones allow clean, surgical warfare is a myth. These covert wars are as dirty – and destructive – as they ever were.”

In July 2013 The Guardian reported on UK collusion with the Obama kill list, including the practice of stripping dual citizens of their British citizenship apparently in preparation for targeting for assassination.

Reprieve is currently seeking a full judicial review of the lawfulness of any British assistance for the US drone programme.  In August 2013, it threatened legal action to the export of British-manufactured parts for American drones used in clandestine CIA strikes.

In the UK, it is widely believed that the use of drones and targeted assassinations is that they make the world safer by enabling “targeted killing” of terrorists, precise and effective without collateral damage and instead of ”boots on the ground.” Dirty Wars shows why this narrative is misleading.

One the leading organisations tracking the outcomes of US drone strikes is based in the UK: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has reported that from June 2004 through mid-September 2012, available data indicate that drone strikes killed 2,562 to 3,325 people in Pakistan, of whom 474 to 881 were civilians, including 176 children. This independent organization continues to track the casualty data on its website

You can watch the trailer of Dirty Wars on the official website here