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Labour ‘ignoring residents’ says Sian Berry at Green Party manifesto launch

PUBLISHED: 09:12 20 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:23 20 April 2018

Green Party leader Caroline Lucas, with Highgate councillor Sian Berry and candidate Kirsten de Keyser

Green Party leader Caroline Lucas, with Highgate councillor Sian Berry and candidate Kirsten de Keyser

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Camden Green Party launched their manifesto yesterday, with Highgate councillor Sian Berry saying Camden Council is failing to listen to residents on housing.

Cllr Berry, who has represented the ward since 2014 said the council were ignoring people’s views.

She said: “There is a lot that needs to change about the Camden plan, and the Community Investment Programme (CIP). They are not listening to residents’ ideas.

“The group in Camley Street have put together an amazing plan and they are not listening.”

Cllr Berry and the Chalcots Estate featured in the Green Party’s party political broadcast. After the estate’s evacuation in June last year, she lobbied the Information Commissioner to push councils to publish the fire risk assessments.

The party’s manifesto includes plans to give residents the right to put forward motions to council, and have Camden pay the London Living Wage to apprentices.

The launch, with two weeks until polling day, was also bolstered by a visit from Green Party’s leader, Caroline Lucas.

She praised Cllr Berry’s role in the council over the last four years.

“Sian’s been such an amazing councillor for Camden. She has put things on the political agenda that nobody else has.”

Talking to the Ham&High, she said the Greens weren’t only running a defensive election, to protect Cllr Berry’s seat.

Former Liberal Democrat candidate Kirsten de Keyser, who ran in Highgate in 2010, is running in the ward again this year, but as a Green candidate.

“We want to get Sian re-elected, but we’re serious about getting Kirsten and John [Holmes] elected too,” said Ms Lucas. She added: “We’re confident people recognise the impact a handful of Greens on the council can have, and that makes the world of difference.”

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