In the event of an election before 2022

 

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A set of commitments that Green MPs will deliver to create a confident and caring Britain.
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In the event of an election before 2022 on the existing parliamentary boundaries the Green Party candidates in Cheshire East will be:
 
 

Macclesfield - James Booth

James Booth

I am standing because I am passionate about the environment and animal welfare. I want a fair society for all. I feel that it is time for me to stand up and make a difference.
 
The Green vision is of a more equal society. We want a greener safer future for everyone. This is within our reach and it is affordable.
 
I want the green belt protected. Clearly we should care for the countryside and for its precious wildlife. In the Macclesfield and Poynton areas, we are threatened by the development of the green belt and the loss of habitats of many species, some of which are protected or even endangered. The current planning structure is not meeting the needs of first time buyers; houses under construction tend to be luxury homes. But we do need more homes, these should be good quality, affordable and sited close to public transport.
 
Our National Health Service is good value and has served us well. It needs to be properly funded and the Green Party would put much more money into the service. We would keep what is working and review and reshape what is not working. So I say, ‘Yes’ to more funding, but ‘No’ to wasted resources.
 
In Macclesfield, we are well served with regular direct trains to London, which take only 1 hour 40 minutes. Let’s be realistic about the cost and benefit of HS2. There will be little or no real benefit to people who commute from Macclesfield and a strong possibility that the Macclesfield service to London will be at a reduced level once HS2 is up and running. The implementation of HS2 will cause devastation to the countryside and many valuable habitats here and in other parts of the country. I am totally against HS2.
 
The Green Vision is for EU reform and no Brexit. Greens believe that when the Article 50 talks with the EU are complete, the British people should be offered a choice with 'Remain in the EU' on the table.
 
Macclesfield is a great place to live or work, but there are some areas in Macclesfield where people are living in real poverty. It is absolutely essential that we work to improve the lives and aspirations of these undervalued people. We need to share in the benefits of our great town.
 
I have lived in the local area for over 30 years. Professionally, I am a barrister, specialising in representing victims of industrial disease in the workplace. I am a trustee of St. Michael’s Church in the Marketplace, Macclesfield, as well as being the assistant manager of local amateur football team, St. Peter’s.
 
I helped to run the youth group at All Saints on Brough Street West, and worked as a volunteer at Cre8 on the Moss Estate. I am a member of the Macclesfield churches’ Eco-Group. We campaign on issues such as climate change, and we are working on local green solutions.
 
I would be honoured to be elected to take us into the future. I can make a real difference to the way we live, which will benefit future generations.

 

Tatton - Nigel Hennerley

Nigel Hennerley

 

I am delighted to be selected again to stand for The Green Party as a parliamentary candidate for Tatton in the event of a snap General Election before proposed boundary changes in 2022.

Thanks to members for your support.

It is important that the Green Party’s stance on Brexit, on Permitted Development for Fracking, opposition to HS2, Housing and Green Belt and many other issues are heard and presented in Tatton at a General Election.

We look forward to doing just that.

Greens challenge Energy Secretary after shock revelation from frackers Cuadrilla

Green Party of England and Wales co-leader Jonathan Bartley has today (21 June) sent a letter (below) to Greg Clarke MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to highlight the Party’s far-reaching concerns for the safety of the local community in the vicinity of Cuadrilla’s exploratory fracking site at Preston New Road in Lancashire.

The letter follows a meeting between Bartley and two directors from Cuadrilla, where he put questions from the community to them. Bartley is concerned both by the lack of information about emergency plans provided to the residents and by significant questions over whether or not there is even an evacuation plan in the event of a well blow out or other accident.

Bartley said:

“We’re calling on the Secretary not to make a decision over whether to grant a licence to frack until the matter has been investigated thoroughly and safety concerns are addressed. The fact that local residents don’t even know if there’s even a proper plan in place for emergencies - let alone evacuation - is deeply concerning.

“It would be completely unacceptable and be playing fast and loose with people’s safety to ignore these issues. The Secretary of State clearly shouldn’t make a decision on whether Cuadrilla should be allowed to frack until these serious questions are answered and the concerns of local people are addressed.”