Green Momentum in NW Hampshire

GPEW-stack-online-gwI am amazed by the number of people who are approaching me in the street and emailing me to tell me that they are voting for me and the Green Party. A lot of them are breaking their voting habits of a lifetime.

A vote for the Green Party is definitely NOT wasted this time. It is going to have a huge impact.
Not voting is wasting a valuable vote.
Voting for any of the main three Parties is a vote to continue with politics as usual: traditional politicians yelling at each other and getting nothing done.

A vote for Lance Mitchell, Green Party candidate in North West Hampshire, is a vote for:

  • the only truly local candidate having lived in the area for 44 years
  • collaborative politics: agreeing on common goals and forming cross-party teams to work out how to accomplish those goals and then implement them
  • immediate, collaborative action on the CLIMATE EMERGENCY to make the planet safer for future generations
  • addressing the awful UNFAIRNESS and painful POVERTY that exists in UK today
  • a people’s vote on any proposed EU withdrawal agreement so that both Leavers and Remainers have a fair say on Brexit


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Hustings in NW Hants – Part 2

The evening went well and I had a lot of very positive feedback. I even had people telling me that they had voted one way, particularly Conservative as you would expect in this constituency, all of their lives, and that they were going to switch this time and vote for me!

Andover Hustings Q1.jpgPeople really are fed up to the back teeth with the main three Parties and their continual bickering, never getting anything done on the issues that matter most to the people. If everybody in the country had the courage to vote for the values and policies that most closely matched their own, we would return a substantial number of Green Party MPs.

I realise that it is very unlikely to happen, but there is a groundswell of support for our priorities and I would love to be pleasantly shocked by the electorate at the polls next week.

Here is my Closing Speech

In just ten days’ time, as you go to the polling stations, you will have a very simple, binary choice.

You can vote for the perpetuation of politics-as-usual, with plenty of bickering and name-calling and very little progress on ANYTHING that really matters for our futures, by voting for any of the other three Parties.


you can have the courage of your convictions and vote for what most of us REALLY want.

You can vote for a REAL change in British politics.

You can vote for IMMEDIATE, collaborative action on the global climate emergency, with the United Kingdom leading the world in our battle to save the planet and to make it safe for future generations.

You can vote for a politician and a political Party who will address the awful unfairness and painful poverty that exists in British society today.

You can vote to ensure that both Leavers and Remainers have their fair say in the acceptability of any EU withdrawal agreement and plan that our new prime minister proposes.

You can vote for the local candidate who will stand up for OUR local people and OUR local issues.

If you are one of the millions of people in this country who say, “I support the Green Party agenda and would vote for them if they stood a chance,” take your courage in both hands, pick up the pencil in the polling booth, and vote for Lance Mitchell, your Green Party candidate.




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Hustings in NW Hants – Part 1

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St Mary’s Church, Andover

Monday 2nd December 2019 was a landmark moment in my life. It was the first time that I had attended a hustings event as a general election candidate. The event was very well hosted by St Mary’s Church in Andover.

Although, as many people know, I have spoken to a huge variety of audiences all over the world on topics related to technology and statistics and data, I have never been as nervous as I was as I approached the church. However, I soon got into my stride and I am pleased to say that my opening speech was met with rapturous applause. It really resonated with the audience, who, like me, are fed up with British politics as usual.

Here’s my Opening Speech


Good evening ladies and gentlemen. My name is Lance Mitchell and I am proud to have been selected as the Green Party candidate for North West Hampshire in this election.

Having moved to the area when I was posted to Barton Stacey as a military surveyor in the Royal Engineers in 1976 and having met and married a Longparish lass in 1979, I’ve been connected to the area for over forty years. I am well and truly locally connected.

I am the candidate who is best qualified to represent local people and local issues.

Why am I standing for Parliament?

This may seem like a huge paradox, but I am standing for Parliament because I am fed up with politics. I am fed up with politics-as-usual. I am fed up with all the bickering and squabbling and name-calling between people who are supposed to be running this country.

I am not alone. Millions of us are fed up with politics-as-usual and with the media who report it. We don’t trust either.

British politics is well and truly broken. The country is in a mess.

Green politicians ARE different and we CAN be trusted. When other parties have twisted and turned with every change of wind direction, WE have always been consistent in our messages.

I am passionate about building a fairer Britain, tackling the enormous poverty problem that is causing suffering for so many millions. We have to work TOGETHER on resolving this rather than witness further squabbling among the elite politicians while ordinary people continue to suffer.

Official ONS figures show that 4 million children are currently living in poverty. Those children are unlikely to leave school with 5 GCSEs, girls are taking days off school because their families cannot afford menstrual products and they are forced to share PE kit. There are now more foodbanks in the UK than there are branches of MacDonalds.

We need politicians who will work TOGETHER to mend our broken country.

As you know, the Green Party have always led the way in taking action on the climate emergency. I am really happy that most of the other Parties have joined us in getting serious about THE most important issue facing mankind today. If elected, I will be delighted to work with them to take immediate action. It is not going to happen unless we all collaborate, working TOGETHER on our common goals.

Finally, everyone is fed up with the huge amount of time and public money that has already been spent on Brexit, achieving nothing. I don’t want to waste any more of your time or mine talking about that this evening.

The policy of the Green Party has always been that we should retain our membership of the EU and lead the way in much-needed reform.

To be fair to both Leavers and Remainers, we should put whatever withdrawal agreement our new prime minister comes up to a People’s Vote so that we can either approve it or deny it.

At the end of this evening, if you agree with me that decades of doing politics in the same old way, haven’t worked and that we need a totally new approach for a better Britain, please consider voting for me on the 12th of December.

Huge thanks must go to St Mary’s Church for hosting and organising the event so well and for making all four candidates so welcome. As a techie, I was very impressed with the AV system.

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5 Good reasons to visit Botswana by Dr Boikanyo Trust Phenyo –
Director Botswana Community UK
I invite you to visit one of the jewels of Africa, my beautiful Botswana; sparsely populated –
the size of Texas with the population of Wales.

1. If you want to meet the origins of humankind, the spirit of your ancestors, then visit
the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in the north-eastern Botswana. Recently BBC news
published this article titled “Origin of modern humans traced to Botswana”
2. Botswana is the world’s largest producer of diamonds, the trade for which has
transformed it into a middle-income nation
3. We protect some of Africa’s largest areas of wilderness – experience the safari
diversity. The Okavango Delta is one of the last remaining unspoiled wilderness areas
of Africa. Don’t leave without experiencing the ancient San paintings at Tsodilo Hills!
4. Botswana is one of the…

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Tuesday Guest Feature – Meryl Lawrence

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Meryl Lawrence is not only a Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist, but a great friend who I met at Swanwick a couple of years ago. She has come along today to demystify the world of hypnotherapy…

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Book Review: The Vine Witch by Luanne G Smith

The Vine Witch (Vine Witch, #1)The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story is set in France in the early days of the motor car. The story opens with Elena, having been cursed by a wicked spell, in the form of a toad. She has spent a few years languishing in a stinking swamp, using her magical knowledge and power to regain her normal, witchly form. She walks back to her home vineyard to be welcomed by her Grand-Mèr, who brought her up after she was orphaned.

In these days, there are witches to help their mortal friends to be better at everything they do: wine fermentation, brewing of beers, baking of fine pastries, production of magical perfumes, to name a few. There are huge rivalries involved, some of which are quite deadly. Why can’t the vine witches collaborate for the success of the whole region rather than battle, valley against valley, vineyard against vineyard? Because, without those vicious conflicts, there would be no story.

There is plenty of high tension. There are lots of twists and turns. I was continually wondering how Elena was ever going to get out of a very challenging, life-threatening situation only to be delighted by the creative magical device or guileful ploy that secures her escape. Right to the very end, there are unexpected twists.

I was left wondering if Luanne Smith is, herself, a witch. She certainly appears to have great knowledge of witchcraft, which she imparts with great integrity. I wouldn’t risk crossing her for fear of the consequences.

I recommend this book. It kept me gripped from beginning to end and was thoroughly entertaining.

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Book Review: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1)The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The title of this book is very apt. Harold’s journey could hardly be more unlikely and it is certainly a pilgrimage. Even he doesn’t realise, when he leaves his house wearing deck shoes and inappropriate clothing, that he is embarking on the longest walk of his life.

The young lady in the local garage inspires him to set off on his journey from Devon to Berwick-upon-Tweed, almost the entire length of England, in the belief that his long walk will motivate a lnog-lost work colleague and friend to survive her terminal cancer.

During Harold’s journey, he encounters many interesting people, who influence and help him along the way. He also finds time to reflect on his own life and the lives of the people who have been closest to him. Particularly his wife and son. There is tragedy and comedy, tears and laughter. The revelations and the life-changes are ceaseless, right up to the final page.

I recommend this to all of my friends and to reading groups. There are enough discussion points, open to individual interpretation, to keep any reviewing group chatting for many hours.

I enjoyed my journey with Harold.

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