Greens aim to whip up support in Petersfield

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THE leader of the national Green Party is visiting Petersfield as the party aims to gather support in south east Hampshire.

Natalie Bennett, who has led the party for the past two years, will be the main speaker at a meeting in St Peter’s Parish Hall, in St Peter’s Road.

Tim Dawes, convenor of the Havant and Petersfield Green Party, said: ‘Green Party votes, support and membership are all growing markedly in Petersfield. This lovely town deserves some new thinking.

‘We think it’s time that it had its own autonomous branch of the party and started some real serious green campaigning.’

He said that in the European elections last month more East Hampshire voters cast their vote for the Greens than for Labour or the Lib Dems.

Ms Bennett said: ‘I am delighted to have the opportunity to visit Petersfield. It is a pity that the government has seen fit to license the town and the area around it for fracking, but we are campaigning hard to stop that happening.’

The meeting takes place from 7.30pm on Friday, July 4.