Former Green Party leader honours late local party member
Tuesday 3rd April 2018 @ 14:51 by Lee Wild
Ashton News

A Green Party event held in Ashton was dedicated to the memory of local party member Mike Smee, who sadly passed away recently following a short illness.

Mike had been a long time environmental and peace activist and had previously stood as a candidate for the party at local elections.

He was remembered at the event, held at the Topaz Café and which was attended by former Green Party member Natalie Bennett as she lent her support to local party candidates set to stand in the forthcoming elections.

Topics on the agenda included news of the effects of the Microplastic pollution in the River Tame, the worst of its kind in the world. 

Lee Huntbach, a former Senior Lecturer in Land-based Studies, read out Tameside Green Party’s response previously published in the Reporter, which connected the pollution amongst other things, to recent flooding.

Natalie spoke about national issues affecting local people such as wage inequality, cuts to public services and the effect of Brexit. 

She also spoke about the importance of trees, warning of the effects the felling of healthy trees was having in her own community in Sheffield.  

It was Natalie’s second visit in three years to Tameside.

Following a question and answer session, guests enjoyed some delicious vegetarian and vegan food at Topaz, followed by entertainment from local musicians M.L.E and Frank Lund and comedian Nigel X.