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?
I decided to stand as a candidate because I felt there was no other party I could vote for in Crewe and Nantwich that represented my views…. not even close.
The Green Party are a party of social and environmental justice, which supports a radical transformation of society for the benefit of all and for the planet as a whole.
They understand that the threats to economic, social and environmental well-being are part of the same problem.
After attending our Universal Basis Income workshop lead by Caroline Lucas (Green Party MP), with Natalie Bennett (Green Party House of Lords), Guy Standing (British professor, SOAS, University of London) and Laura Bannister (Green Party, Founder of World Basic Income) it was a profound moment and realisation that we have the solution to both environmental issues and social injustices wrapped in one policy.
No other party is offering this. The Green Party is leading the way forward, we know how to protect our environment, we have the policies, we want a cleaner, brighter future, together, fully inclusive, nobody left behind. We are fully committed to carbon net zero by 2030.
We have limited time to change our ways. We need more Green MPs!
2. Which local priorities would you take forward as our MP?
A priority is to give funding back to local governments, giving them control over bus services, adding new routes, improving the services and making free bus travel for all!
We will scrap HS2 and transfer the budget into the local economy, through public transport upgrades and electrifying lines powered by green energy.
Fund new green infrastructure to de-carbonise energy, housing and transport, new local jobs will be created, these are jobs that students at colleges in our local area will be trained in.
This will provide jobs locally that take care of our environment and our communities in a sustainable way that will boost the local economy.
If we fund new green infrastructure, we could become leaders in green technology, giving a huge boost for our research and development.
We will increase the number of safe cycle paths, taking cars off the roads, and we will spend money on planting trees, re-introducing wildlife and encouraging insects, fund flood prevention, enable small holdings and help support local suppliers.
Encourage small local businesses, support our town centre regeneration bringing communities back together to embrace our multi cultural towns of Crewe and Nantwich.
3. Which national priorities would you take forward as our MP?
(1) Climate Emergency Net Zero 2030 policy is a key priority, planting 700 million trees and funding 100 billion a year for the next decade to tackle the climate crisis, transforming into a Greener, safer, healthier community.
11,000 scientists have issued a warning of untold suffering, if humanity doesn’t change its ways. We must de-carbonise now, it will only cost more as time goes on and resources become scarce.
(2) Universal Basic Income, nearly a third of children in the UK live in poverty. We can change this with our universal basic income policy, reversing the horror of universal credit.
Giving real income security to all, shifting taxes to polluters and tax avoiders. We are one of the wealthiest country in the world, no child should ever be left hungry.
(3) Proportional Representation, the current first past the post system is archaic. Leaves millions with no voice, we want to make votes matter, ensuring 16 and 17 year olds are allowed to vote.
(4) People’s vote, we are champions for freedom of movement and believe that the public were mislead. It is only fair that the people get the final say.
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?
Our manifesto has clear policy’s that are serious about our climate environment and social justice, I am so proud of all of it!
At this time of crisis, we cannot go on with business as usual, if ever there was a better time to vote Green, it is now.
It really is a Green revolution that will transform the UK and improve the quality of everyone’s life by creating a safer, fairer future for all.
We are the only party you can trust to act in time to tackle Climate Emergency in a way that also tackles all the pressing social problems, protecting the vulnerable.
Happy for voters to decide themselves and please ask them to read our manifesto here.
It is really important to keep asking questions and looking at each party’s manifesto, your vote is your voice, make sure your happy with who gets your vote.
Vote for people who will protect the planet.
5. Please tell us a little about yourself.
(ie: your background, your experience, your hobbies, your non-political interests)
I am environmentalist, I think it is in my blood.
I have descended from a long line of feminist women. I grew up on Great Barrier Island, New Zealand, it is only island in the world to be awarded Dark Sky sanctuary status, there is no light pollution, the stars are so vivid that it feels like you could touch them with your own hand.
It is truly unique place. It endowed me with a love, respect and appreciation of our natural environment.
I am a devoted beekeeper and fear further decline. The insect species are declining eight times faster than larger animals.
I am fiercely passionate about wildlife and sustainability, with a background of woodland planting and management having planted so many trees I have lost count!
So here I am standing up for our environment!
Further links (as supplied by the candidate)