Packed schedule for party leader's visit to Reading and Wokingham
14 DECEMBER 2012
It's hard to believe that we've already passed 100 days since Natalie Bennett became our second party leader in succession to Caroline Lucas - the woman who famously has the uncanny ability to apparently be in three places at once. I can't count the number of times I've heard her dubbed "a hard act to follow".
Proving herself to be an equally energetic public face of the Green Party, Natalie has been tireless in her efforts to connect with party activists across England and Wales since taking on the role as party leader. Yesterday was Reading and Wokingham's chance to get the measure of Natalie Bennett.
Her first appointment was with Shinfield parish councillor Marjory Bisset and her neighbours who are concerned about new housing development that threatens to destroy the character of their village.
Shinfield parish councillor Marjory Bisset showing Natalie the site of the proposed housing development on Reading University land
From there Natalie was whisked back to RISC for lunch with local activists before a visit to Reading's homelessness project Launchpad, which included a tour of one of their newly refurbished properties.
Natalie with Ian Caren, chief executive of Launchpad (launchpadreading.org.uk)
The Living Wage is a key component of the Green Party's belief in fairness so we set up a meeting with local UNISON representatives whose members are facing unprecedented erosion of their working conditions and discussed the possibilty of moving Reading Borough Council to being an accredited Living Wage employer.