Green Mondays

Forthcoming speakers at Preston New Road

Details about Green Mondays and how to get there. 

5 August Tony Lywood

Tony Lywood

Tony is a Labour councillor on Keswick Town Council and on Cumbria County Council - and he is Labour’s PPC for the Copeland constituency (currently held by the Tories).

His main campaigns have centred round protecting our NHS and, in particular, saving local hospitals from closure. He has also pushed for more genuinely-affordable housing in what is essentially a low-wage area.

Tony is expected to be speaking outside the gates at around 12.30pm.  

Thursday 8 August: Gail Bradbook

Gail is one of the main co-founders of Extinction Rebellion which, since its launch in October 2018, has rapidly spread internationally. 
Gail is from Yorkshire, and is the daughter of a coal miner. She trained in molecular biophysics, and her talk on the science of the ecological crisis, the psychology of active participation, and the need for civil disobedience has gone viral - & has inspired many individuals to take part in XR actions. Most recently, Gail was profiled on Radio 4 for her part in instigating a billion against the British government.
Given that we now have probably the most rightwing government since the 1930s - and a PM who has deliberately stirred up racism in order to get the job he always wanted - the need for a widespread rebellion couldn’t be more urgent. Especially as Johnson has appointed several known supporters of fracking - including Angela Leadsom, who’s now in charge of Business!

12 August

For this Second AnniversaryGreen Monday, events are expected to begin outside the gates at around 11.30pm.

Our main speakers include:

(1) Gina Dowding, MEP:

Gina Dowding

Gina has been a long-time anti-fracking activist at Preston New Road - who put her money where her mouth is by taking part in a lock-on outside the gates. She has been a very effective Green Party councillor on Lancashire County Council - and is now also a Green Party MEP for the North West.

(2) Steve Masters

Steve Masters

Steve - a Green Party member since 2015 - is a newly-elected Green Party councillor on West Berkshire District Council - and is also the Green Party’s PPC for Newbury.  Formerly homeless himself, he now campaigns on homelessness and housing; actively opposes the badger cull; and recently led the successful campaign to get West Berkshire DC to declare a Climate Emergency.

In addition to his Green Party work, Steve is an Extinction Rebellion activist, and was one of the first to be arrested at the launch of Extinction Rebellion in October 2018 - and was with me on Lambeth Bridge (see photo above) when I was arrested the following month!

(3) Lindsey German:

In 2001, Lindsey was a founder-member of the antiwar organisation Stop The War Coalition (StWC) and, from 2004-7, was also a leading member of Respect. 

Currently, she remains the Convenor of StWC, and works closely with Kate Hudson, who was our Green Monday speaker on 10 June.  Lindsey has also written several books - including two on women’s rights. 

(4) Paul Jenkins

Paul Jenkins

Paul (NW Regional Organiser for Unite Against Fascism - UAF - since 2009) was central to the recent successful UAF & Stand Up to Racism campaign to stop 'Tommy Robinson' being elected as a North West MEP - which won them a Fusion Community Award (see photo above). During that campaign, he spent a lot of time in Cumbria and Lancashire, working with members of local Green and Labour Parties.

Paul will be focussing on how the Climate Crisis is increasingly creating climate refugees - and thus the importance of stopping fracking, and all the other the fossil fuel industries.


The Nanas’ Samba Band

Nanas Samba Band

  • The Keswick Buskers (from our 1st. Anniversary)
  • Eve Norley & Allan Gray (who have performed before at PNR)

 And possibly even more!

 So make a date!!


19 August Sue Hampton

Sue Hampton


Sue - a renowned & much-acclaimed author - will be making a welcome return to PNR. As well as her literary life, she has also thrown herself into the Extinction Rebellion protests - quite literally putting her body on the line for the planet and all the species on it.

Sue is expected to be speaking outside the gates at around 12.30pm.


2 September: Venue change

This will be not at Preston New Road but at 

1 Bridge Street West. M60 9DJ


Jenny Jones

Jenny Jones


Jenny - known as the Green Baroness! - has been active on many fronts, including the environment. She has always campaigned on policing issues. 

So…PLEASE get along to Manchester if you can.

Jenny is expected to be speaking at around 11.00am.


16 September: Fiona Prior

Fiona Prior

Fiona - seen here prior (no pun intended!) to XR’s April action - is a VERY active member of North Cumbria Extinction Rebellion. She was one of those blocking Lambeth Bridge during XR’s London Bridges’ action last November - and was also back in London for XR’s week-long action this April!

When not taking positive Climate Crisis action, she has also been a Green Party candidate in Carlisle, has visited PNR as a protester, and is currently studying Fine Art at Cumbria University.

Fiona is expected to be speaking outside the gates at around 12.30pm.

30 September Doug Maw

Doug Maw

Doug was the person who launched a petition against the new banknotes, because they contain products from animals that have been slaughtered. The petition got thousands of signatures - but was sadly unsuccessful. Active now in Brighton Greens, he was for a time an energetic member of Allerdale & Cumbria Green Party. He is also a vegan runner & boxer - and has just become part of Sea Shepherds.