Please send divestment postcards to the three Conservative Councillors on the East Sussex Pension Committee!

Local Conservatives have recently booted one of their own Councillors off the East Sussex Pension Committee – the five-person decision-making body for the East Sussex Pension Fund – over fears that he *might* have been too sympathetic to divesting the Fund from fossil fuels (see below for more details).

So it’s time to ratchet up the pressure!

Please take 5 mins to send postcards to the three Conservative Councillors currently on the East Sussex Pension Committee, urging them to stop investing local people’s pensions in fossil fuels.

Your message can be as simple as ‘Please stop investing in fossil fuels!’The three Councillors names and addresses are:

Cllr Ian Hollidge, 79 College Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, TN40 1TN

Cllr Paul Redstone, Edgingtons, Cripps Corner, Robertsbridge, TN32 5RY

Cllr Gerard Fox, County Hall, c/o Democratic Services, West E , St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes , East Sussex, BN7 1UE

Don’t forget to sign your postcard!

It would also be great if you could email us (at divesteastsussex@gmail.com) to let us know that you’ve contacted them.

Whatever message you decide to send please remember to always be polite: abusive messages are counterproductive and will only be used against the campaign.

Finally, if you’re based in any of these Councillors divisions (Bexhill South, Northern Rother and Hailsham New Town respectively) then please get in contact with us ASAP: divesteastsussex@gmail.com.

BACKGROUND

Cllr Sam Adeniji was elected to East Sussex County Council (ESCC) in the May local elections, as the Conservative Councillor for Seaford North. He was then appointed to the East Sussex Pension Committee – the five-person decision-making body for the East Sussex Pension Fund (the local government pension scheme covering East Sussex, Brighton and Hove).

On 9 July he met with climate campaigners from his division to discuss the case for divesting the East Sussex Pension Fund. He didn’t sound 100% convinced by the Fund’s arguments for continuing to invest in fossil fuel companies, and said that he was willing to meet with the two Committee members (Cllrs Hilton and Tutt) who support divestment.

On 12 July he voted with the other two Tories on the Committee *against* a proposal to divest the Fund from fossil fuels. But apparently even this wasn’t enough to allay the fears of other Conservative Councillors on East Sussex County Council (ESCC): within two days he had been removed.

He had been in the post for less than three months.

Make no mistake, this is a clear sign of weakness on the part of those Conservative Councillors who continue to oppose divestment: they can no longer rely on their arguments convincing even the people that *they* appoint to the Committee.

PHOTO: Katie Vandyck

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