The Ecology Party members newsletter was published and sent to members in various formats over the period 1975-1980. Initially the previous PEOPLE 2 page newsletter was reformatted as a 24 page Journal called "Alliance" aiming to bring together news from all parts of the green movement. On the cover it listed over 40 related organisations in the UK and soliticited and carried news items from any of them - FoE regularly contributed a one page round-up. The Ecology Party newsletter component was 2 pages towards the back. Alliance was created and supported by Michael Benfield in his role as the party Communications Director on the NEC.
Alliance seems to have published only 6 issues from July 75 to Feb 76. There then appears to have been a hiatus during which it is possible that the newsletter moved to being a part of "Good Earth", a separate publication.
From autumn 1976 the newsletter was sent as a separate publication, initially two sides of typescript that gradually improved until 1980. As with Alliance before it there were tensions between at least one of the editors and the NEC. It appears there was no newsletter as such from April 1980 through to the end of 1981. In September 1981 conference decided that the party would not publish a newsletter, and Green Line magazine started in 1982 as an independent replacement, once again targeting the whole green movement.
The PEOPLE summer conference in June 1975 agreed to change the party name to "The Ecology Party" and subsequent newsletters were in a new format and title "Alliance" with a list of related organisations prominently displayed on the front page. Flagged at foot of front cover as "The Ecology Party Journal" with cover price 25p
Alliance issue 2. "The Catalyst for Alternatives and All Who Seek To Live In Harmony With Nature". Not branded as Ecology Party on the front but contains NEC report on page 21-22. Cover price 25p, subscription $3.75 for 10 issues including post.
Ecology Party newsletter shown as separate item on pages 22-23.
Ecology Party newsletter on pages 22-23
Flagged on front as "Incorporating the Ecology Party Newsletter" See the NEC report on pages 22-23 for reasons.
Whilst there is no mention of the future of Alliance in the text this appears to be the last issue until the new Ecology Party News Sheet started in October 76 after the party conference at the end of September. There appear to be no further issues in Michael Benfield's personal archive which would be likely to have everything since he edited and personally funded both the previous PEOPLE Newsletter and Alliance.
First issue with new editor(s) following conference discussion and decisions. To be distributed two monthly. Members will continue to receive Good Earth with an Ecology Party page, but the newsletter is now sent as this separate publication. Edited by Colin Fry (EP Information Officer)
Colin Fry had resigned as Information Officer so the editorship passed to his deputy Keith Rushworth
Editorial on likelyhood of General Election this year
First of new series edited by Howard Hoptrough. Editorial on being a political party.
Front page featuring new logo and letterhead. Editorial on nuclear reprocessing and criticising "heavy-handed" NEC dealings with SW region.
Editorial on Thorp nuclear reprocessing proposal
Editorial on need to fight general election (and irrelevance of Euro election)
Editorial on party growth and the newsletter editorial policy
Final issue edited by Howard Hoptrough. Editorial states "... for personal and other reasons this will be the last Newsletter which I edit.". Background to this resignation is available in private correspondence between the editor, chairman and others.
New editor - Peter Frings, new format, new name - Eco News. Editorial Introducing Eco News on p2. Now offset printed so smaller font size possible -> more text!
General Election results
First Euro Election results. Editorial questioning NEC priorities.
Front cover photo of Mike Benfield campaigning from a hot air ballon for Euro election. Conference programme.
Conference report - approval for London office, rejection of having a "Leader" and much more including Petra Kelly
Editorials: "Eco says no to nuclear power" and "In pursuit of popularity."
Last issue edited by Peter Frings.