Being able to say YES to Europe and NO to climate chaos: Priceless
Why am I standing?
I am intending to stand as the Green Party candidate for Walthamstow in the next General Election, to give constituents a chance to vote for a candidate and a party which put the Environment at the heart of policy-making. I'm proud to stand for a party that is pro Europe and against climate chaos.
Environmental concerns are at an all-time high, with Extinction Rebellion leading the way in raising awareness, but voting is just as important as protesting. Yet we're still seeing an unwillingness from political circles to actually do anything except utter empty platitudes, declaring climate emergencies while simultaneously backing airport expansion, fracking, tree-culling, new incinerators and more.
These are uncertain political times, but we refuse to give up
Standing as a General Election candidate requires a deposit of £500. If we get enough votes (5%), this deposit is returned. Unfortunately, this didn't happen in 2017, as the Green Party vote was squeezed right across the country, retaining just 8 deposits compared to the high of 123 in 2015. This makes it very difficult for the Green Party to fund future campaigning or standing in elections, while paying for full-time staff to help elected members like Caroline Lucas MP, or our Green Party London Assembly Members Sian Berry and Caroline Russell. We do not want to see voters finding themselves without a Green voice in future elections.
The last five years or so have been more demanding than usual, with an election or referendum in the area every year since 2014. But we must persevere and not allow environmental concerns to be ignored.
This is why I need your help. We're not bankrolled by wealthy donors or trade unions and rely on ordinary people to donate whatever they can.
To ensure there is a Green Party candidate on the ballot in Walthamstow at the next General Election, I'd really appreciate it if you could donate a small amount and help us meet the cost of the deposit.
Green Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for Walthamstow
Pictured: Andrew Johns (Walthamstow candidate), RoseMary Warrington (Ilford South candidate), Caroline Lucas MP (Brighton Pavilion), Jarelle Francis (London Assembly 2020 candidate for Enfield and Haringey)
Published and promoted by Steve Lambert for Waltham Forest and Redbridge Green Party, both at 3 Howard Road, London, E17 4SH.