Darlington: currently held by Jenny Chapman (Lab)
Jenny Chapman (Lab),
Mike Cherrington (Green),
Anne-Marie Curry (LD),
Peter Cuthbertson (Con),
Alan Docherty (TUSC),
David Hodgson (Ukip)
Hartlepool: currently held by Iain Wright (Lab)
Hilary Allen (LD),
Sandra Allison (Save Our Hospital),
Phillip Broughton (Ukip),
John Hobbs (Ind),
Michael Holt (Green),
Stephen Picton (Ind),
Richard Royal (Con),
Iain Wright (Lab).
Middlesbrough: currently held by Andy Mcdonald (Lab)
Craig Baker (Ukip),
Simon Clarke (Con),
Hannah Grahm (Green),
Richard Kilpatrick (LD),
Andy McDonald (Lab).
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland: currently held by Tom Blenkinsop (Lab)
Tom Blenkinsop (Lab),
Martin Brampton (Green),
Ben Gibson (LD),
Will Goodhand (Con),
Steve Turner (Ukip).
Redcar: vacant – Ian Swales (Lib Dem) standing down.
Christopher Gallacher (Ukip),
Philip Lockey (North East Party),
Josh Mason (LD),
Peter Pinkney (Green),
Anna Turley (Lab),
Jacob Young (Con).
Stockton North: currently held by Alex Cunningham (Lab)
Mandy Boylett (Ukip),
Alex Cunningham (Lab),
Christopher Daniels (Con),
Adrian Sycamore (LD),
John Tait (North East Party).
Stockton South: currently held by James Wharton (Con)
Louise Baldock (Lab),
Drew Durning (LD),
Jacqui Lovell (Green),
Ted Strike (Ukip),
Steve Walmlsey (Ind Against Social Injustice),
James Wharton (Con).
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 email@example.com
or telephone 01325-242498.
Source – Northern Echo, 30 Mar 2015
The Green Party General Election candidate for Darlington has launched a crowdfunding campaign to cover his costs.
Mike Cherrington, who has lived in the town for more than 20 years, hopes to raise £500 to cover the costs of his campaign.
Mr Cherrington said that because he has worked in social care and mental health services for the past 20 years, he has seen the negative impact of cuts to health and social care, and is strongly against the privatisation of the NHS.
He also aims to get young people involved and interested in politics, and hopes to provide support for small businesses in the town, as well as challenging inequality in Darlington so all residents have equal opportunities and are paid the living wage.
Having worked in Middlesbrough with victims of sexual abuse, Mr Cherrington believes victims of crime should be treated with dignity and respect and believes restorative justice should be used to help prevent reoffending.
“I am not a politician and have never been involved in politics before. I feel very passionately about standing and making a change for people,” he said.
“The Green Party is a positive alternative for the community and one that brings hope.”