We are providing all 39 parliamentary candidates across Cheshire the opportunity to tell our readers what their priorities are, and to tell us a little more about themselves.
We’ve asked the same five questions of each candidate, for the simplest comparison, and we have invited candidates to supply social media and website links if they choose to.
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1. What is the main reason you’ve decided to stand in this election?
In a sentence – Environmental Crisis.
The Green Party’s time has come. Unfortunately still many are looking to the past and what they know. Everything has to change. From the ground up and from the top down.
Climate Change has become a buzz word, but only the Green Party would put it central to everything we need to do.
This next term of office represents the most important in human history.
If we fail worldwide to put enough in place in the next five years, we will almost certainly fail in the subsequent five years.
Which would mean being on track for irreversible positive feedback loops and climate chaos by the end of the century.
2. Which local priorities would you take forward as our MP?
Locally HS2 needs to be stopped. It would not be carbon neutral for 125 years.
It threatens 108 Ancient Woodland and is designed for exponential growth, connecting Birmingham and Manchester Airports increasing passenger numbers, all based on business as usual economics in a climate emergency.
On a more positive note we have an opportunity in Tatton to develop local innovation and technological change, support our farmers to be the best in sustainable farming and food production and develop and encourage local farmers markets.
3. Which national priorities would you take forward as our MP?
As previously mentioned we need to invest big time to decarbonise. People will be shocked by the numbers, until you consider the cost of too little action.
But it is not all bad news, investment in better transport, homes and renewable energy systems will create mass employment and have a boost effect to the economy.
4. What is it about your party and/or its manifesto that makes you proud to represent your party? Are there any manifesto pledges or commitments you’d like to see changed?
Everything from investing in the NHS, planting millions of trees, building zero carbon homes, free education for all ages, banning single use plastic, and investment in social care is what makes me proud to stand for the Greens.
5. Please tell us a little about yourself.
(ie: your background, your experience, your hobbies, your non-political interests)
For over twenty years I have worked as a loss assessor in the insurance industry, perhaps it is there that I have become accustomed to dealing with ever more frequent flooding.
When I can find some time away from my work and activism I like nothing more than walking in our fantastic hills and mountains particularly in Scotland where I once spent time in the RAF Mountain Rescue.
Also I am never too far away from my guitars, another passion but that is another story.
Further links (as supplied by the candidate)