2 December 2019
I am proud and delighted to have been selected as the Green Party candidate for Ashton-under-Lyne.
Since becoming a Green Party Councillor in May (along with 391 others), it has become clear from the groundswell of support I have received that voters are enthusiastic for change.
Although we are being encouraged that this is a Brexit election, the next five years is going to be vital in the battle against climate breakdown. We should be working together to prioritise a future for our children and grandchildren rather than indulging in tribal and politically motivated arguments regarding EU membership.
Brexit important though it is, has been a time-consuming and painful distraction from what is the greatest ever threat to humanity.
Other parties are desperate to ‘greenwash’ their manifestos whilst at the same time voting for regional airport expansion, extensive road networks and HS2. All of which will increase carbon output whilst ripping up woodlands that are vital for carbon capture, clean air and recreation.
The Green party have been developing a Green New Deal for over ten years. We are the originators and the experts.
The continued development of much valued green space has to stop. We have campaigned locally against green space developments in Woodhouses and Thornley Brook. None of those developments include social housing.
There are a million empty homes in Britain and 1.5 million sites for homes on brownfield land. More and more business premises are being converted to accommodation yet not included in the figures. We don’t need to build on greenbelt.
This is your chance to vote Green and make the change a reality.
See also https://oldham.greenparty.org.uk/