Jon Cousins for Glastonbury & Somerton’s Green MP

by Jon Cousins for Glastonbury & Somerton’s Green MP in Glastonbury, Somerset, United Kingdom

Jon Cousins for Glastonbury & Somerton’s Green MP

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Get the Green Party’s Jon Cousins on Glastonbury & Somerton ballot papers in 2024!

by Jon Cousins for Glastonbury & Somerton’s Green MP in Glastonbury, Somerset, United Kingdom

Time for Change 

We are thrilled to 1713155714_green_party_councillors.jpgannounce that four-times Mayor of Glastonbury, Jon Cousins has been selected as the Green Party’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the new Glastonbury and Somerton Constituency.

This is a pivotal moment for our community and the Green Party, as we strive to bring about meaningful change and represent your values in Parliament. To make this campaign a success, we need your support more than ever!

Growing Support

The Green Party’s increasing popularity across the UK, evidenced by our significant achievements in local and town elections – e.g. Greens have been Glastonbury Town Council’s majority party since 2015 – reflects a growing public endorsement of our commitment to environmental sustainability, social equity, and economic fairness.

As we gear up for the forthcoming General Election, the role of your pledges and support becomes paramount. By backing Jon, you’re not just supporting a candidate; you’re championing a movement dedicated to transforming our society for the better.

Your contribution is crucial in enabling us to conduct a vigorous campaign that effectively communicates our vision to the electorate.

Your support for Jon will facilitate a campaign capable of reaching out to every voter, making every conversation count, and ensuring our message of hope and change is heard.

About Jon

Born in Somerset, Jon has lived and Jon has been Mayor of Glastonbury four times, 2016-17, 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23worked in Glastonbury for over twenty years. In that time, he has helped to set up and co-ordinate a number of local groups, charities, and social enterprises, including Avalon Community Energy Limited, Plotgate Community Farm CSA, and the Glastonbury Information Centre CIC.

A seasoned community activist and organiser, he is a Board Member of the Glastonbury Town Deal and works as the Community Project Lead with the Woolavington and Puriton Big Local.

Jon has been a ‘Green’ Town Councillor since 2011 and also a Mendip District Councillor from 2019-23. He has been Mayor of Glastonbury four times, and is the only person in Glastonbury’s history to have been Mayor three years in a row!

Over the years, Jon has championed the participation of local residents in the issues dealt with – and choices made – by Glastonbury and Mendip councils. Helping to create opportunities for all members of the community to be listened to; enabling local people to have their say; to make meaningful contributions to decision-making and to be empowered to take action and make change.

As a prominent Glastonbury Councillor, Jon has shown the difference Greens can make when elected – proposing and supporting motions to:

  • Adopt a ‘Glastonbury Charter for the Environment’ in April 2012
  • Become a ‘Frack Free Council’ in February 2013
  • Ban the use of chemical herbicides and pesticides on all council-owned land and public spaces in August 2015
  • Commit to be ‘single-use-plastic free’ in November 2017
  • To declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ in February 2019 – pledging to make Glastonbury Town Council’s operation Carbon Neutral by 2030
  • Convene a Climate Emergency Advisory Committee in March 2019
  • Become the second ‘Earth Protector Town’ in the world in September 2019 – calling for Ecocide to be recognised as an ‘atrocity crime’ at the International Criminal Court
  • Co-host Peoples’ Assemblies focused on Climate Emergency in 2019 and 2020
  • Employ a Climate Emergency and Resilience Officer in December 2020
  • Declare an ‘Ecological Emergency’ in February 2021
  • Purchase Glastonbury Town Council’s first electric vehicle in July 2021
  • Successfully reduce the Town Council’s carbon footprint by 39% in June 2023; cutting annual running costs by over £4,000

1713322618_first_member_of_the_new_glastonbury_branch_of_the_nationwide.jpgWhen the banks were closing in Glastonbury, Jon actively supported ‘The Last Bank Standing’ campaign, and – as Mayor in 2016-17 – Jon was key to the Nationwide Building Society opening a new branch in the town.

[Photo of Jon with the Manager of the newly opened Nationwide Building Society branch in Glastonbury].

Jon’s Pledge to You

The new Glastonbury and Somerton Constituency encompasses an area that holds so much creative potential and possibility – and together, we have the opportunity to harness this energy, enthusiasm, and entrepreneurialism. As part of our community, I understand the value of unity and collaboration. In serving as your MP, I pledge to champion these values, working alongside you to secure a bright future for our villages and towns.

I commit to being a diligent and present representative for you. Unlike others, Green MPs are not subject to party whips, meaning my dedication is based entirely on the needs and aspirations of our communities. My commitment to you is unwavering; I cannot be swayed by external pressures, nor will I compromise my principles for political gain. My sole aim is to represent your voice, making decisions for the common good; decisions that reflect our collective conscience and best interests.

1713322804_jon_at_consultaion.jpgI will work tirelessly on your behalf, ensuring that integrity is restored to the heart of our political discourse. There are many issues impacting on our lives – issues like the cost of living crisis, the increasing threat of flooding, the lack of housing, the dreadful state of our roads, and the disastrous loss of our public services as Somerset Council fights bankruptcy… More than anything, I am committed to representing you, the people who live and work in our communities. Together, we can foster a community spirit that can overcome any challenge. Together, we will create a fairer, greener future.

Keeping it Green

While we are focused on leveraging the power of digital media to minimise our environmental footprint, we are equally committed to ensuring no one is left behind. The funds raised will play a crucial role in extending our reach beyond the digital realm, enabling us to connect with the non-online community in our constituency.

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Jon recognises that these are challenging times and understands if you’re not in a position to make a donation. You can still express your support by sending an e-mail to [email protected]

Seize this opportunity to join a movement dedicated to the environment, social justice, and the well-being of our community. Together, we can back Jon and create a meaningful difference in the forthcoming election. Let’s come together to support Jon and make a significant impact in the upcoming election. Pledge now to stand with us for a better future!

Compliance

It is a requirement for donating to a political party that you are on the electoral register, so please ensure you are registered. If you are eligible to vote but not on the electoral register you can register here – Register to Vote.

It is now also a requirement to take voter ID along to the polling station. For further information visit – Voter Photo ID.

If you would like to pledge more than £50 then we will also need your personal contact details and address, so please email [email protected]

‘Short Money’ – How your pledge can help the Green Party in Parliament

Very few members of the public have heard of Short Money – most of us are unaware that every vote for the Green Party – our vote – translates into funding for MPs of our party during the next Parliament... even if a Green voter doesn’t live in the areas our MPs are based!

This is why every donation made has a double impact, and it could even have a triple impact:

  • Your donation helps the Green Party to stand for election to Parliament; enabling us to challenge the old parties…
  • By helping Jon to stand, your donation enables all the votes he receives to translate into government funding for the Green MPs – wherever they are elected!
  • If and when Jon retains his deposit, those funds come back and can be spent by the Green Party again, so we can keep building strength both locally and nationally!

In addition, any surplus funds after the General Election will be used by the local Green Party to help finance our 2025 local election candidates.

It is Time for Change – Together, we will create a fairer, greener future!

Thank You!

Published and promoted by Jon Cousins (Green Party), at 17 Great George Street, Bristol BS1 5QT

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