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EP Newsletters

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.

Ecology Party Alliance Newsletter #1 July-Aug 1975
File Size:
2.62 MB

Date:
1975

recovered from M. Benfield's personal archive online

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

Ecology Party Alliance Newsletter #2 Sept 1975
File Size:
3.64 MB

Date:
1975

recovered from M. Benfield's personal archive online

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 Alliance Newsletter #3 Oct 1975
File Size:
7.66 MB

Date:
1975

recovered from M. Benfield's personal archive online

Ecology Party newsletter shown as separate item on pages 22-23. 

Ecology Party Alliance Newsletter #4 Nov 1975
File Size:
3.18 MB

Date:
1975

recovered from M. Benfield's personal archive online

Ecology Party newsletter on pages 22-23

Ecology Party Alliance Newsletter #5 Dec-Jan 1975-6
File Size:
2.97 MB

Date:
1976

recovered from M. Benfield's personal archive online

Flagged on front as "Incorporating the Ecology Party Newsletter" See the NEC report on pages 22-23 for reasons.

Ecology Party Alliance Newsletter #6 Feb 1976
File Size:
4.97 MB

Date:
1976

recovered from M. Benfield's personal archive online

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.

Ecology Party Newsletter Oct-Nov 1976
File Size:
1.33 MB

Date:
1976

Scanned by Peter Frings from own archive

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)

Ecology Party Newsletter Dec-Jan 1977
File Size:
1.30 MB

Date:
1976

Scanned by Peter Frings from own archive

Colin Fry had resigned as Information Officer so the editorship passed to his deputy Keith Rushworth

Ecology Party Newsletter February 1977
 Hot
File Size:
1.66 MB

Date:
1977

Scanned by Peter Frings from own archive

Editorial on likelyhood of General Election this year

Ecology Party Newsletter April 1977
File Size:
1.76 MB

Date:
1977

Scanned by Peter Frings from own archive
Ecology Party Newsletter July 1977
File Size:
2.13 MB

Date:
1977

Scanned by Peter Frings from own archive
Ecology Party Newsletter November 1977
File Size:
1.09 MB

Date:
1977

Scanned by Peter Frings from own archive

First of new series edited by Howard Hoptrough. Editorial on being a political party.

Ecology Party Newsletter January 1978
File Size:
1.02 MB

Date:
1978

Scanned by Peter Frings from own archive
Ecology Party Newsletter March1978
File Size:
1.47 MB

Date:
1978

Scanned by Peter Frings from own archive

Front page featuring new logo and letterhead. Editorial on nuclear reprocessing and criticising "heavy-handed" NEC dealings with SW region.

Ecology Party Newsletter May 1978
File Size:
1.78 MB

Date:
1978

Scanned by Peter Frings from own archive

Editorial on Thorp nuclear reprocessing proposal

Ecology Party Newsletter July-Sept 1978
File Size:
1.00 MB

Date:
1978

Scanned by Peter Frings from own archive

Editorial on need to fight general election (and irrelevance of Euro election)

Ecology Party Newsletter October 1978
File Size:
1.84 MB

Date:
1978

Scanned by Peter Frings from own archive

Editorial on party growth and the newsletter editorial policy

Ecology Party Newsletter January 1979
File Size:
2.91 MB

Date:
1979

Scanned by Peter Frings from own archive

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. 

Eco News 01 March-April 1979
File Size:
2.18 MB

Date:
1979

Scanned by Peter Frings from own archive

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!

Eco News 02 May-June 1979
File Size:
2.50 MB

Date:
1979

Scanned by Peter Frings from own archive

General Election results

Eco News 03 July-August 1979
File Size:
2.60 MB

Date:
1979

Scanned by Peter Frings from own archive

First Euro Election results. Editorial questioning NEC priorities. 

Eco News 04 Sepember 1979
File Size:
3.40 MB

Date:
1979

Scanned by Peter Frings from own archive

Front cover photo of Mike Benfield campaigning from a hot air ballon for Euro election. Conference programme.

Eco News 05 November 1979
File Size:
3.60 MB

Date:
1979

Scanned by Peter Frings from own archive

Conference report - approval for London office, rejection of having a "Leader" and much more including Petra Kelly

Eco News 06 January 1980
File Size:
4.45 MB

Date:
1980

Scanned by Peter Frings from own archive

Editorials: "Eco says no to nuclear power" and "In pursuit of popularity."

Eco News 07 March 1980
File Size:
4.22 MB

Date:
1980

Scanned by Peter Frings from own archive

Last issue edited by Peter Frings.

 
 
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