Green Party councillor Philip Booth to step-down at May's local elections

Stroud News and Journal: Stroud District Councillor Philip Booth will step-down after serving eight years on the authority (4351435) Stroud District Councillor Philip Booth will step-down after serving eight years on the authority (4351435)

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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10:28pm Mon 3 Mar 14

steve1234 says...

A great chance for the people of Whiteshill, Randwick and Ruscombe to elect someone new who will actually do something that benefits local people on lower incomes. Philip seemed to be an active local councillor but him and the green party have their priorities wrong and do little to benefit those who do not have the wealth that they do, sadly opposing new developments and encouraging composting doesn't help those of us lower down the ladder
A great chance for the people of Whiteshill, Randwick and Ruscombe to elect someone new who will actually do something that benefits local people on lower incomes. Philip seemed to be an active local councillor but him and the green party have their priorities wrong and do little to benefit those who do not have the wealth that they do, sadly opposing new developments and encouraging composting doesn't help those of us lower down the ladder steve1234
  • Score: 2

11:15am Tue 4 Mar 14

green4go says...

Steve 1234 suffers from selective blindness. Has he not followed the saga of the Bedroom Tax and which Party tried to stop evictions by SDC? That was the Green Party, unsupported by Labour. Indeed, it was Philip who insisted that there were extra meetings to thrash out the issue, much to the annoyance of the Labour chair.
Unless Labour supporters are still using the woods, I think getting the sewers relined is probably as important to them as anyone else. And what of the work Philip has done on housing standards and fuel poverty. Do you think that might have benefited lower income people more than the better off home owners?
A cllrs job is to work in the interests of all their constituents.
But c'mon Steve, give up the pretence that the Labour Party is the party of the poor or the workers. Balls wont renounce austerity. Miliband never backs a strike even when it's been voted for by members. Their policies are Just like the Tories and Lib Dems. They are an electoral machine aiming for power through marginal seats. First past the post, status quo, Tweedledum, Tweedledee, which will it be. Boring, grey parties..
Steve 1234 suffers from selective blindness. Has he not followed the saga of the Bedroom Tax and which Party tried to stop evictions by SDC? That was the Green Party, unsupported by Labour. Indeed, it was Philip who insisted that there were extra meetings to thrash out the issue, much to the annoyance of the Labour chair. Unless Labour supporters are still using the woods, I think getting the sewers relined is probably as important to them as anyone else. And what of the work Philip has done on housing standards and fuel poverty. Do you think that might have benefited lower income people more than the better off home owners? A cllrs job is to work in the interests of all their constituents. But c'mon Steve, give up the pretence that the Labour Party is the party of the poor or the workers. Balls wont renounce austerity. Miliband never backs a strike even when it's been voted for by members. Their policies are Just like the Tories and Lib Dems. They are an electoral machine aiming for power through marginal seats. First past the post, status quo, Tweedledum, Tweedledee, which will it be. Boring, grey parties.. green4go
  • Score: -7

11:52am Tue 4 Mar 14

Nimue Brown says...

Wasn't it Labour locally who called bedroom tax protesters 'Trotskyites' recently? I can't say I see any signs of Labour, locally or nationally, really helping the poorest people, or promising to do so in the future. Failure to offer an alternative to austerity is not encouraging.
Wasn't it Labour locally who called bedroom tax protesters 'Trotskyites' recently? I can't say I see any signs of Labour, locally or nationally, really helping the poorest people, or promising to do so in the future. Failure to offer an alternative to austerity is not encouraging. Nimue Brown
  • Score: -5

12:09pm Tue 4 Mar 14

stroudvintage says...

I agree with Steve, lets give someone else a go.
I agree with Steve, lets give someone else a go. stroudvintage
  • Score: 4

2:49pm Tue 4 Mar 14

GlawsStudent92 says...

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.
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. GlawsStudent92
  • Score: 11

10:45am Wed 5 Mar 14

steve1234 says...

Green4glos, Stroud District Council has never evicted anyone because of the bedroom tax, that 'saga' was pure posturing by the green party, my point exactly that they rarely do anything useful. Whilst Philip might've done some 'work on housing standards and fuel poverty' I haven't seen much evidence of it.

You can disagree with some of the actions of the national labour party as much as you want , but the reality in Stroud is a vote for the Greens won't achieve anything (whatever you might dream of doing if you got elected) because all that'll happen is you'll let the tories in. This article also relates to local elections, hence why my first comment was about the track record of local councillors in getting things done that benefit those of us on lower incomes.
Green4glos, Stroud District Council has never evicted anyone because of the bedroom tax, that 'saga' was pure posturing by the green party, my point exactly that they rarely do anything useful. Whilst Philip might've done some 'work on housing standards and fuel poverty' I haven't seen much evidence of it. You can disagree with some of the actions of the national labour party as much as you want , but the reality in Stroud is a vote for the Greens won't achieve anything (whatever you might dream of doing if you got elected) because all that'll happen is you'll let the tories in. This article also relates to local elections, hence why my first comment was about the track record of local councillors in getting things done that benefit those of us on lower incomes. steve1234
  • Score: 7

9:51am Thu 6 Mar 14

Crow says...

comparing what Philip has done, with what the whole of the Labour Party has done, is a bit unfair, isn't it?..
comparing what Philip has done, with what the whole of the Labour Party has done, is a bit unfair, isn't it?.. Crow
  • Score: -1

9:41am Fri 7 Mar 14

stroudvintage says...

Labour does a lot of work locally as well as nationally, I think it would be really exciting to see a Labour District Councillor represent the Randwick, Ruscombe and Whiteshill ward.
Labour are the only political party campaigning to save our local Village Schools from closure due to the threat from proposals for a new free school in Stroud, Both Randwick and Whiteshill Schools could lose pupils and money to this new Free School, this is very worrying to families across the ward.
Labour does a lot of work locally as well as nationally, I think it would be really exciting to see a Labour District Councillor represent the Randwick, Ruscombe and Whiteshill ward. Labour are the only political party campaigning to save our local Village Schools from closure due to the threat from proposals for a new free school in Stroud, Both Randwick and Whiteshill Schools could lose pupils and money to this new Free School, this is very worrying to families across the ward. stroudvintage
  • Score: 4

1:00pm Fri 7 Mar 14

K D Cranston says...

Voting Green will not let the Tories in. Labour make the rather arrogant assumption that those us who vote Green would vote Labour as a next choice - I certainly would not. Whether we get a change of government or not we won't get a change of policies, so we will be in for another five years of broken promises, cuts, privatisation and occasional illegal wars.

Locally, the next election will be a two horse race, as usual, and we will probably see a change of MP - as much due to UKIP taking votes away from the Pro European Tory as anything else. So if you believe in Green ideals Vote Green!
Voting Green will not let the Tories in. Labour make the rather arrogant assumption that those us who vote Green would vote Labour as a next choice - I certainly would not. Whether we get a change of government or not we won't get a change of policies, so we will be in for another five years of broken promises, cuts, privatisation and occasional illegal wars. Locally, the next election will be a two horse race, as usual, and we will probably see a change of MP - as much due to UKIP taking votes away from the Pro European Tory as anything else. So if you believe in Green ideals Vote Green! K D Cranston
  • Score: -5

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