Green Party leader in town to discuss sustainable economy

Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett ANL-150107-102944001
Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett ANL-150107-102944001

National leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett, will be in Lewes this week to meet with local businesses and organisations involved in the ’sustainable economy’.

The politician will attend a reception at Skyhouse, a new ‘zero-carbon’ bed and breakfast in Lewes, to talk about the party’s vision for an economy based on local, sustainable and low-carbon businesses and a revived public sector.

Among local figures attending the event will be Gus Christie, executive chairman of Glyndebourne Opera, solar energy entrepreneur Jeremy Leggett and living wage campaigner Tracey Allen. She will also tour the Phoenix industrial estate in Lewes, and meet representatives of the Phoenix Rising campaign to protect small businesses on the estate from proposed development.

Miss Bennett said: “Lewes district is home to so many successful local businesses, social enterprises and non-profit groups. The area is especially strong in the green tech and renewable energy sectors, and the South Downs is a prime destination for sustainable tourism. I’m really looking forward to meeting people who are driving this success, and talking about how we can build on it in future.”

On the evening of Wednesday, August 26, she will make her first visit to Newhaven to chair a panel discussion on the workings of the EU at Meeching Hall. The event is open to the public and admission is free. For tickets, email

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