Despite only forming towards the end of 2014, the Neath Port Talbot branch of the Green Party has candidates ready-and-willing to stand in both the Neath and Aberavon constituencies, but we need your help!
The Green Party does not have big corporations, multi-millionaires, or union funding like other political parties. It is funded by its members & supporters (people like you) and that's who we answer to. In addition, as a newly established group, we have not yet had much opportunity to fundraise for our local campaigns. With the 2015 General Election fast-approaching, we are calling on our members and supporters to donate to the cause.
Why do we need this?
Neath Port Talbot has long been a Labour stronghold. We have all heard phrases like "if you pin a red rosette on a donkey, people in Neath will vote for it because it's Labour". However, it is also hard to ignore the local feeling of political discontent. We want to give a voice to the disillusioned, and show there is an alternative party to Labour in Neath; one that represents real change.
Evidence is showing that when people vote for policies alone, the Greens are the most popular party in the country, and this remains true for both the Neath and Aberavon constituencies. That is a really positive message that needs to be shared. In addition, we have some great policies, but unless people know about them, they will not vote for them. People have a tendency to vote for what is familiar. The problem is: the local Labour party have the resources at their disposal to get their message across, whereas we do not... yet.
Like the national media blackout of the Green Party, without creating a visible Green presence in Neath Port Talbot, people will not know who we are, what we stand for, or that we even exist. For democracy to stand a chance, people need to have an accurate representation of the voting options available to them.
Our awareness-raising campaign will help to show that the Green Party is alive and kicking in NPT: we have arrived; and we're ready for change. Only we offer a real alternative to the status quo, and we will show that there is a party in Neath Port Talbot that will actually put people and the environment FIRST.
What will we do?
Obviously, we will be knocking on doors and talking to people - it's free and gives us the opportunity to ease minds with regards to controversial and misunderstood policies. We also have a Green Party stall that will be popping up in towns throughout NPT and, again, this will allow people to come and have a chat with us about the issues that are important to them. We will use the money you have pledged to ensure that at least ONE bilingual flyer (on recycled paper, of couse!) will go to every household in the Neath and Aberavon constituencies. It will also allow us to purchase publicity materials such as posters and badges that people can use to show their support and help spread the message further.
Who are the Local Candidates?
CATRIN BROCK - NEATH
I joined the Green Party because it is the only national party to oppose the austerity that has been imposed on us since the 2008 financial crisis. It offers an alternative which will work for the people, instead of for corporate interests. Investing in public services is vital to ensure that they benefit the public, and are not run purely for profit.
Education is another important issue to me, as a student I have experienced many of my friends and myself being saddled with a lifetime of debt before we have even graduated. The Green Party strongly believes that education is a right, and therefore should be free to people of all ages, and this particularly resonated with me, and encouraged me to stand for the party.
As a Geography student, the reality of climate change and energy security is clear. Rather than sticking to the status quo of fossil fuels and relying on dirty energy from abroad, it is possible for the UK to become self-sufficient, and the Green Party strongly supports investment in renewable sources of energy, such as the wind farm at Mynydd Marchywel and other locations in the Neath valley. This is vital for guaranteeing a sustainable future for generations to come.
I am standing for the Green Party in the general election as I think it’s important that everybody in Neath has the opportunity to vote for a party they believe in. People in Neath have been let down for years by the other political parties, especially since the recession, and the Green Party strongly believes that politics should work for the benefit of everyone.
JONATHAN TIER - ABERAVON
I am standing for election in 2015 to give the people of Aberavon a wider choice in politics. Our system is beset by a range of parties that do not offer a range of policy choices. The Green Party stands for a fairer, more sustainable society for all.I live and work in the constituency, have brought my children up here, and share in the everyday trials of the people who live here. As an industrial town I believe that the people of Aberavon deserve fair representation on the subject of the environment and I support a complete ban on fracking. Companies must be responsible and accountable for the impacts of their work on the environment and the health of local people.Our town centres and rural areas need support to ensure a robust infrastructure of public transport, accessible public services, and locally owned and supplied businesses.We must also work to end the fragmentation of our society, whether through unfair welfare reform measures or the erosion of our rights and civil liberties.I believe that the Green Party is the only party offering a vision of a future for all.
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