27 October 2017
A judge has thrown out a case against Green Party councillor Alison Teal for protesting against the felling of healthy trees in Sheffield.
Protestors where joined by Green Party Peer Jenny Jones who described Sheffield's Labour-run council "spiteful & undemocratic".
Sheffield City Council had accused Teal and other protesters of breaking the injunction the council had taken out against them and asked for custodial sentences.
Natalie Bennett, Green Party former leader, was in court for the hearing.
She said: “I welcome today's decision by the judge, which confirms Alison acted lawfully in supporting the people she was elected to represent in trying to save healthy, valuable street trees.
Sheffield's Labour City Council has put considerable resources into pursuing Alison and I think the people of the city will be asking why it chose to do that."
Alison's Green Party colleague on Sheffield Council, Councillor Magid Magid also criticised the thousands of pounds spent trying to send Alison to prison.