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Green Hero - Louise Harris

November 29, 2019 10:00 AM
By Keith Melton

Louise harris planting trees (Louise Harris) Next GLD HeroLouise Harris - our candidate for Filton & Bradley Stoke

Cllr Louise Harris (previously also known as Cllr Louise Bloom), is the parliamentary candidate for Filton & Bradley Stoke in South Gloucestershire. She has decades of experience as a Green campaigner, and a record of action going back to her student days campaigning on acid rain in the 1980s.

Louise was a founder member of the Green Liberal Democrats, having previously been a member of the Young Liberal Ecology Group. As Green Lib Dem Vice Chair Louise organised a series of highly successful conferences in the 1990s and was instrumental in ensuring that Green policies became embedded in Liberal Democrat manifestos.

Greening Greater London and Eastleigh!

Louise was a founder member of the Greater London Assembly in 2000. As Vice Chair of the Environment Scrutiny Committee she worked on the first ever London-wide waste strategy.

Later, as a Councillor in Eastleigh, Louise became Cabinet member for Environment and Sustainability at Eastleigh Borough Louise and posters (Louise Harris)Council in Hampshire between 2002 and 2015 and was a councillor there until 2017. Under her leadership, Eastleigh won many awards for it's work on Green issues including Beacon Council for Tackling Climate Change 2008-9, the equivalent of a Local Government Oscar, which Louise considers her greatest achievement in politics...so far.

LGA "Ambassador"

As part of her award for making Eastleigh a Beacon Council, Louise spent a year spreading best practice, talking to many other councils on behalf of the Local Government Association, with a focus on providing Leadership and Community Engagement. She firmly believes that that is the best way to win hearts and minds to tackle the climate emergency we face. Louise explored this theme in her chapter 'Community Policies for a Low Carbon Future' in 'The Green Book, New Directions for Liberals in Government' published in 2013.

Back to her roots!

Louise returned to her West Country roots in 2017, swapping the hectic South East for the more rural South Gloucestershire
and was elected to that authority in a 2018 by-election. She became Opposition Lead for Communities and Sustainability in 2019 and this summer worked to get cross-party support to declare a Climate Emergency in South Gloucestershire and to make it carbon neutral by 2030. She is now Co-Chair of the panel working to make sure this happens.

"Bollocks to Brexit"

A graduate of European Politics and Economics, Councillor Louise Harris is an ardent Remainer.
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"One of my key motivations for political activity with the Liberal Democrats is that the environment recognises
no borders or boundaries. The European Union has been a leading force in protecting the environment.
The climate emergency can only be tackled by nations working together
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As the MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, Louise intends to take her record of action on, and passion for, protecting the planet into Parliament to make sure the climate emergency is properly acknowledged and acted on and to STOP Brexit.

Making Change Happen

Councillor Louise Harris is a key member of our Green Liberal Democrats team which can, together, make environmental change happen in Parliament, so we'll be doing all we can to help get her elected. Will you join us?

For more Green Heroes go to the Green heroes front page here >>> https://greenlibdems.org.uk/en/page/green-heroes

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