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#YourVoice: How can pro-Europeans rebuild a divided Britain?

David Randall

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With 62% of Kingston voters opting to Remain in the European Union on 23rd June, the newly formed Kingston for Europe group is fuelled with the passion for maintaining strong European ties that there is in the Royal Borough.

Kingston for Europe is proud to announce a major speaker event in which we ask the question ‘How Can Pro-Europeans Rebuild Divided Britain without Compromise to its Position in the European Union?’

Meeting at the Quaker Centre in Kingston, on 22nd September at 7.30 pm, we are very lucky to have three well-known local figures and one national activist give their personal perspective on this question. The Kingston-based speakers are Sir Edward Davey, former Kingston and Surbiton MP and former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Professor Julius Weinberg, Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University, and Clare Keogh, Green Party 2015 parliamentary candidate for Kingston and Surbiton. They are joined by Hugo Dixon, the media entrepreneur and founder of the new outreach initiative, Common Ground.

I believe that Pro-Europeans in Britain have not had their beliefs shaken by the Eurosceptics.  If anything those values were reaffirmed by the raw emotion of the recent referendum campaign. Kingston for Europe is here to ensure that ‘the 62%’ have a local platform upon which to influence our country’s future relationship with Europe.

Kingston for Europe is politically non-aligned but members believe that remaining in the EU family is the best way to manage our common European home, to develop a stronger economy and to secure a fairer society. Mindful that local people also voted to leave, Kingston for Europe hopes its activities will build on common ground, restore a sense of purpose and in time change minds.

Free tickets for the event are available on Eventbrite (http://goo.gl/jZ6lNJ).

David Randall,
Kingston for Europe
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Clare Keogh - Green

More trouble ahead for Ed? Green Party name Clare Keogh as PPC

James Giles

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Kingston Green Party has announced that Clare Keogh will stand as general election candidate for Kingston and Surbiton in 2015.​ ​

Clare will campaign on issues affecting Kingston including; fighting cuts to services, tackling growing inequality within the borough, helping to improve resident’s quality of life and fighting against over-development.​ ​ Clare will fight the Government’s draconian bedroom tax (up to 64% of those affected are part of vulnerable groups in the borough), help the growing numbers of homeless people in Kingston, support the campaign for a living wage across the constituency and target the growing housing crisis.​ ​

The falling air quality in the area is a cause for concern; Clare will fight for more open spaces, monitor air quality and improve walking and cycling services as well as fighting the expansion of Heathrow airport which is looking increasingly likely with the dismissal of ‘Boris Island’.​ ​

Clare says: ‘Kingston is being over-developed and at the same time the Tories and Lib Dems are cutting services, as a result we are facing shortages in schools, health services and police. The local transport system is now at breaking point, I will fight to make public services better and fairer for all’.​ ​

Clare moved to Surbiton in 2009 to study at Kingston University. Since graduating in Politics and English Literature, she calls the borough home. She now works as an advice worker at the University’s Students’ Union, providing support and advocacy for vulnerable members, working closely with students impacted by changes to funding, welfare and academic support.

Clare is involved in a number of local campaigns, including Kingston Keep Our NHS Public and the new campaign to build a community garden on Tolworth Broadway. ​ ​

Clare says “Local people have been let down by Ed Davey and the Tories since the last election, helping push through legislation that hurts the poorest in our society whilst offering tax breaks for the richest. He has failed to stick to his promise to vote against any rise in tuition fees, and has failed to effectively tackle the issue of climate change whilst in government. As MP I would fight for every person and not just the top 10%”​ Kingston Green Party saw the number of votes they received double during the recent local Council elections and nearly saw two Green councillors elected. With the party nationally polling their highest in 25 years, Kingston Green Party is confident people in Kingston will vote for change rather than more of the same with the other parties.”

Kingston Green Party will be running a series of ‘meet the candidate’ stalls across the borough throughout the autumn and will also be running a petition against the Council’s proposed switch to weekly rubbish collections which will only reverse the progress made on recycling.

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