A strong and sustainable economy and more transparency in local authority decision making are among the pledges being made by the Green Party in Darlington.
It is the first time voters in Darlington will have the opportunity to vote Green in both the local and national elections, and locally the group has grown from ten to more than 80 members in less than a year.
The party said it is calling for the “radical transformation of society for the benefit of all and for the planet as a whole,” as well as a strong and sustainable economy and for more transparency and democracy in the council’s decision making.
Local election candidates include Anita Harris who is standing in the Brinkburn and Faverdale ward and Neil Kang-Scarth who is standing in the North Road ward.
Mr Kang-Scarth said:
“I’m standing as a Green Party candidate as Green Party policies provide hope, care and well thought out radical change from business as usual politics.”
Ms Harris, who joined the party around a year ago, said:
“I was disillusioned with the other parties and wanted to join a party that stood up for the average person.”
“The other parties are all committed to a failed economic strategy of austerity. In my work as a mental health professional, I see the tragic effects of the cut backs and the downward economic spiral.
“We want to get the local economy working for local people. We believe that councils should be allowed to impose extra business rates on out-of-town supermarkets to support small local firms and that public bodies should favour local businesses when awarding contracts.”
To support the Green Party in Darlington email firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone 01325-242498.
Source – Northern Echo, 30 Mar 2015
A town councillor from Alnwick has been selected as the Green Party candidate for the general election.
The decision to choose Rachael Roberts, 42, to stand for the Berwick constituency seat in May was unanimous.
Ms Roberts has lived in Alnwick for nine years and works as a guidance team manager and practitioner at Newcastle University’s careers service.
She has been a member of the Green Party for six years and was elected to Alnwick Town Council in 2011.
In line with Green Party philosophy, she says she is passionate about the need for change within national politics and wants to move away from the “negative campaigning seen at the moment.”
Having been active in her local community, Ms Roberts is also keen to bring decision making as close as possible to those it affects.
“I think we are seeing a Green surge because people are pleasantly surprised by Green Party policies, including scrapping tuition fees, bringing the railways back into public ownership, stopping the privatisation of the NHS, investing in decent jobs and building truly affordable housing.”
She is supporting Save Druridge, the campaign to protect the beautiful area of Druridge Bay against plans for an opencast coal mine.
The Berwick constituency Green Party said in a statement:
“In the run-up to the May election, voters in the Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency will see a new force in politics – a force that will be campaigning strongly for change and policies that work for the common good.
“This will be ably lead by Rachael who is already an experienced campaigner and a well-known local figure.
“Rachael and the local Green Party will be working hard to meet with constituents and hear their views.”
Source – Berwick Advertiser, 05 Feb 2015