Alistair Ford – Green Party Candidate for Newcastle upon Tyne North

I am standing for the Green Party because I believe that we are the only party to have real joined-up policies to address the huge issues we face in Newcastle and across the planet. The latest IPCC report on the impacts of climate change, the air pollution crisis, the need to protect the most vulnerable in society, finding new ways of providing work and livelihoods, and ensuring Newcastle is a healthy, happy, green place for future generations are all things that the Green Party policies would tackle.

I feel strongly that we need a new direction in politics and new voices in parliament. As a scientist working at Newcastle University, I see the need for investment in education and research for the new green economy, and to protect our country and our city from a disastrous Hard Brexit.

The Green Party’s policies on climate change and air pollution offer joined-up solutions to looming catastrophes, through progressive ideas on transport, housing, energy, and waste. We are the only party thinking seriously about the future of employment in an age of increasing job insecurity, with ideas like the Universal Basic Income gathering momentum and support. I am passionate about giving the people of Newcastle North a chance to vote for a Green future.

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Why declare a climate emergency?

By leeirving | 23rd March 2019

What’s this Climate Emergency thing, you ask? Here’s Green Party leaders Jonathan Bartley & Sian Berry to explain why we are pushing Newcastle Council to declare a climate emergency and take stronger action on climate change. Please sign     […]

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Green Party Tree Strategy Update

By leeirving | 17th March 2019

We’ve been working hard for local residents to push for the Council’s Tree Strategy to provide the improved public health and wellbeing benefits we need. We’re pleased the council have taken on board many of our technical recommendations to improve the policy. Unfortunately, they’ve failed to act on our main recommendation, which is to dramatically […]

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It’s no good just pricing people out of their cars without giving them other means to get where they need to go

By leeirving | 7th March 2019

“It’s no good just pricing people out of their cars without giving them other means to get where they need to go”, a Tyne and Wear Public Transport Users Group‘s spokesperson told Radio 5’s presenter Nihal in a discussion about air pollution today. Prof. Barbara Maher from Lancaster University highlighted the widespread ill-health and premature […]

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Newcastle Green Party calls on Council to take climate change obligations seriously

By leeirving | 5th March 2019

Newcastle Green Party is calling on Newcastle City Council to take its climate change obligations seriously by ensuring that no new coal mines are opened in the city and that new developments are built with sustainability in mind. Despite growing global awareness of the devastating impact of climate change and the need to rapidly reduce […]

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Newcastle Green Party Question Council over inaction on Climate Change

By leeirving | 9th January 2019

At last night’s meeting of Newcastle City Council, the Green Party questioned the progress made on climate change over the last decade. Their question followed a public talk in Newcastle last week by Green think-tank founder Rupert Read, who issued an urgent call to action against impending climate catastrophe. Green Party campaigner Taymar Pitman said […]

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Newcastle called to ‘Climate Rebellion’ to prevent collapse of society

By leeirving | 7th January 2019

Following a hard-hitting talk in Newcastle last week, Newcastle Green Party will question the City Council tomorrow about progress to tackle climate change. In his talk, think-tank founder and Green campaigner Rupert Read warned a packed audience of the impending collapse of society due to climate breakdown. Over a hundred people gathered at Brunswick Methodist […]

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Newcastle Greens urge city council to do more for city air pollution

By leeirving | 5th January 2019

We are urging the City Council to do more to monitor and reduce air pollution across all neighbourhoods of the city. Our Spokesperson told the Chronicle that emissions levels in the city are now becoming a “health crisis” and that the council must “get serious about reducing traffic levels across the city”. Air pollution in […]

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Rupert Read’s ‘The Time is Now: the Case for Green Rebellion’

By leeirving | 31st December 2018

A well-respected philosopher and Green campaigner will be visiting Newcastle in the New Year to deliver a hard-hitting talk on the future of humanity. He will argue that society has been in denial about how extreme the global climate crisis and large-scale species extinctions have become and how the issue has been generally disregarded by […]

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Trees are for Life, not just for Christmas

By leeirving | 22nd December 2018

The Green Party are calling on Newcastle City Council to show more ambition to protect and enhance trees in the city. Newcastle made unwanted headlines this summer when it was reported that more trees had been felled here than in any other UK city. In light of that, the Council’s current Tree Strategy has been […]

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Newcastle Rubbish at Recycling, Claim Green Party

By leeirving | 19th December 2018

Newcastle’s recycling rates are at the lower end of councils in the country and must be improved, the Newcastle Green Party told Newcastle City Council in their response entitled “Waste Not, Want Not” to the council’s public waste consultation which closed last week. Newcastle recycles only about 42% of household waste, and last year recycling […]

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Alistair Ford - Candidate for Newcastle North
Alistair Ford - Candidate for Newcastle North

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