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  • "It's clear Nimue Brown doesn't read the excellent reports in this paper about all the work going on around Stroud and Gloucestershire to help the poorest, most of which has been initiated by Labour and Labour councillors.

    Unless, of course, she doesn't consider a living wage at SDC and GCC (introduced by Labour cllrs) to help the poorest? Or builiding council houses? Promising to axe the bedroom tax and forcing vote after vote in Parliament on the issue (as it can only be done on a national level)? Who's the only party standing up against the free school and wasted £millions rather than supporting our already excellent schools across the district?

    Perfect Labour ain't, but at least they're pulling their sleeves up and trying to alleviate the worst affects of this wretched government, rather than standing at the sidelines shouting and posturing. It must really grate for the Green Party that only David Drew (who supports electoral reform, like Labour did in 2010 and the AV referendum) can kick our Tory MP out, perhaps that's why they reduce to trying to besmirch him and his party.

    And incidentally, how many evictions have there been at SDC because of the bedroom tax (where the Greens are also in power, so were attacking their policy when voting on the bedroom tax)? Zero."
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Green Party councillor Philip Booth to step-down at May's local elections

First published in News

GREEN Party district councillor Philip Booth has announced that he will be standing down as the elected representative for the Randwick, Whiteshill and Ruscombe ward at local elections this May.

The local Green Party politician, who runs a popular blog, @Ruscombe Green, which provides information and insight about various community projects in the Five Valleys, will step down after eight years of service on Stroud District Council.

Jonathan Edmunds, a sports development officer whose children go to Randwick School, has been chosen to contest Cllr Booth’s seat when it becomes vacant in May.

He was selected as the Green’s candidate at the party’s AGM on February 25.

In a statement, Mr Edmunds, said he was ‘honoured and delighted’ to be put forward for the elections.

“Philip Booth is a big act to follow for all that he has achieved over the last eight years and the esteem in which he is held by local people.

“I am looking forward to engaging with the people of this wonderful ward and having the chance to persuade them that the Green Party continues to have the ideas, policies and values to improve the quality of their lives.”

Cllr Booth said: "I am delighted that Greens have selected Jonathan Edmunds, who is such a strong candidate committed to our local community.

“There are certainly challenges ahead and now more than ever we need Green politicians. I will be giving him my full support in the campaign ahead."

"I am stepping down to spend more time on several community projects and with family, but I have no less passion for building stronger communities and a greener, more just future.

“I would like to thank all who have supported me over the last 8 years as District councillor. It has been a pleasure and quite genuinely, an honour, to have served this community.

“It is also great to see that by working with others, the pledges I made in election leaflets, have all been fulfilled.

“These include a ward-wide 20mph, new allotments, sewers relined in the ward, an energy strategy for the council, Stroud's Council Housing Standard developed with tenants and the £12m invested in renewables and fuel poverty on council housing."

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