5 June 2016
The Green Party of England and Wales leadership will be in Lambeth over the next week, as a show of support for residents of the threatened Central Hill estate in Gipsy Hill.
The visits come ahead of Thursday's council by-election in Gipsy Hill ward, called following the death of Cllr Niranjan Francis.
Lambeth Green Party is hoping for a strong performance in the election in order to cement their position as the alternative to Labour in Lambeth. The Green Party came second in Lambeth at the 2014 local elections.
On Saturday morning Siân Berry will join the Green Party candidate Pete Elliott to talk to residents of the estate. Ms Berry was elected to the London Assembly in May. She was also the Green Party's candidate for Mayor of London. Over 40% of voters in Gipsy Hill votes for Sian Berry as either their first or second choice for Mayor.
On Sunday at 1pm, Deputy Leader Shahrar Ali will arrive for an afternoon of canvassing. In 2014 Mr Ali became the first BME deputy of a UK parliamentary party.
On Tuesday evening The Green Party's leader Natalie Bennett will be campaigning with Mr Elliott from 6pm. In 2015 Ms Bennett, who recently announced that she would not be standing for a third term as leader, took The Green Party to its strongest ever showing in a general election, winning more than a million votes for the first time.
The Green Party favours community-based solutions to London's housing problems, and in Lambeth has long fought against the ruling Labour party's imposition of whole-sale demolition of estates.