Press Release

27 January 2014

Canterbury District Green Party and Canterbury Christ Church University have joined forces to arrange for Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, to speak next week as part of the Making Politics Matter lecture series.

Her lecture on ‘The Green Alternative’ will explore the relationship of green politics with wider economic and societal issues.

A former journalist, Natalie joined the green party in 2006 and replaced Caroline Lucas as its leader in 2012.

Now at its head, says she wants to see the party promote its "radical and unique" agenda for improving people's lives in Britain. Labelling the Coalition Government’s cuts as "economically illiterate", she would like to see their policies replaced with more spending on homes, jobs, energy conservation, renewable energy and public transport. She would also like to see a more localised economy with more UK manufacturing and support for farmers, with the financial industry "reined in" to avoid another crash.

Natalie has set herself the target of trebling the tally of Green MEPs from two to six at the next set of European elections in 2014 and getting a Green councillor in every major town and city by the end of the decade - goals she has said are "perfectly achievable".

The lecture will take place at Old Sessions House – Michael Berry Lecture Theatre (Og46), Canterbury Christ Church University, 6pm on Tuesday 28 January 2014. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Making Politics Matter is organised by staff and students at Canterbury Christ Church University’s Politics and International Relations programme and aims to exchange political knowledge between academics, politicians and the communities whith those who they claim to represent.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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