Green leader to make visit

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Green Party leader Natalie Bennett will spend a day in Leighton and Linslade later this month, ahead of local elections next May.

Ms Bennett, 48, is set to stop by on Thursday October 23 and will spend the morning speaking to parents outside Greenleas Lower School, Derwent Road, about her party’s policies on citizen’s income, the minimum wage and employment rights, among others.

From there Ms Bennett will join activists outside Leighton Buzzard train station at 4.30pm to get signatures for Green MP Caroline Lucas’ railways bill, which seeks the renationalisation of UK rail franchises.

The Black Lion, High Street, will play host to Ms Bennett in the evening for a Q+A session.

Leighton resident and party activist Tony Mabbott, who had a fingertip bitten off by a dog while delivering leaflets last month, told the LBO that Ms Bennett’s visit would be eye-opening.

He said: “Most people think we are just an environmental party, but we are also very strong on social justice.

“On economic policies and many other issues we are poles apart from other parties.

“Natalie is campaigning across the country and we have high hopes of winning seats next year.”