Budget dashes hope of a green recovery

With £3bn for oil exploration, the promise of new gas-power stations and a u-turn on airport expansion, any hopes for a green government were dashed by yesterday's Budget announcement. Continue reading

More warm emissions from the PM

This article was originally posted on LabourList.org Much of the sentiment within today’s transport infrastructure speech by David Cameron has been said close to a million times before – not just by the 25+ transport ministers the last Labour Government went through as referenced by the PM but the 25+ ones of the previous Conservative Government as well. Continue reading

SERA Scotland fringe at Scottish Labour Conference

SERA Scotland is holding a fringe meeting at the upcoming Scottish Labour Party Conference. Our event is supported by the Scottish Co-operative Party. Continue reading

Is Purple also Green?

In 2011, Progress, the New Labour pressure group which aims to promote a radical and progressive politics for the 21st century, launched their ‘Purple Book’ which lays out what they describe as ‘a progressive future for Labour’. SERA’s National Secretary Melanie Smallman was invited to speak when the Purple Book Tour visited Bristol.  Here she outlines her argument why missing out a chapter on the environment was significant but perhaps deliberate and right.    Continue reading

Energy co-operatives urgently needed in London

Londoners like the rest of the country are going to be hit this autumn with record rises of up to almost 20 per cent in energy costs to keep themselves and their families warm. While the Tory Mayor of London has been complacent with the delivery of his home energy programme, as its targets for homes retro-fitted have been cut by three-quarters, the Co-operative Party has come up with an innovative way that households can mutually come together in energy co-operatives - Collective Power. Continue reading

SERA AGM – Saturday 3 September 2011

SERA’s AGM will be taking place on Saturday 3rd September 2011, from 11am in Islington Town Hall. All members welcome.

SERA at Co-op Party Conference – 10 September 2011

The future of Labour’s green and rural policy with be the theme of SERA’s first event of the Party Conference season, at our fringe event at the Co-operative party Conference. Continue reading

Labour needs a revved-up energy policy

Labour needs a huge and ambitious energy policy that underpins everything we say and want to do and shows clearly how Labour has a plan for a brighter new future, argues SERA’s National Secretary Melanie Smallman in an article for Progress published earlier this month (August 2011). Continue reading