Get Green candidates in St Albans district

by St Albans District Greens in St Albans, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Get Green candidates in St Albans district

Total raised £1,200

£2,000 target 23 days left
60% 25 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 6th July 2024 at 7:12pm

We're raising money to stand Green candidates in St Albans and Harpenden, for the General Election

by St Albans District Greens in St Albans, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

The need for powerful Green voices in parliament has never been greater in what is a now-or-never decade for the climate emergency.

The Conservatives have broken Britain – destroying our public services, ruining our precious nature and wrecking the climate. Labour have none of the ambition or commitment to make a difference. And outside of the St Albans bubble, the Lib Dems are largely ineffective and invisible.

Greens are the only party that can be trusted to fight for people and the planet. A Green vote is an immensely powerful one, because people know what it stands for.

Greens are particularly targeting 4 seats on 4 July. But every Green vote everywhere else will count: adding power to the Green argument, building our share of time on broadcast media, and increasing public funding for the Green MPs who are elected.

That's why it's important we stand candidates here

  • In St Albans constituency our candidate is Simon Grover
  • In the new Harpenden & Berkhamsted constituency, it's Paul de Hoest

But to stand, we need money - for our deposits, for leaflets and for posters. 

Anything you can give will help! Here's how we'll spend it:

  • £20 pays for 70 big bright green posters for people’s windows
  • £100 pays for a leaflet to every house in one of our target wards
  • £250 covers half of Paul's election deposit
  • £500 covers all of Simon's election deposit

St Albans Greens are leading on this Crowdfunder, but £250 of what we raise will go towards the Harpenden & Berkhamsted deposit.

So wherever you are in the district, please give what you can. So everyone has the chance to vote Green: to vote for what they believe in.

About Simon Grover

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Simon (centre) has been a district councillor in St Albans since 2011, having been re-elected 5 times in a row. He's the leader of the 4-strong Green & Independent group on the Council, which was just a few votes short of becoming a group of 6 at the recent local elections.

Back in 2011, St Albans Council had nothing to say about sustainability. Simon has helped change this, and climate change is now stated as one of its top priorities. On the Council, the Greens' many achievements include:

• hundreds of solar panels on leisure centres

• plans for city-wide 20mph zones

• switching the Council to renewable energy

• a ‘right to grow’ policy

• the Wilder St Albans project

Simon stood in the 2019 General Election, and got over 1,000 votes.

About Paul de Hoest

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Paul joined the Green Party in 2009 because he wanted to secure a fairer and more sustainable world for his children to grow up in and he believes that change can ultimately only come about via the political process. 

He is a former Chair of the campaigning organisation, Global Justice Now, which campaigns for policy changes towards a more equal world.  He was a councillor in Berkhamsted where he established several local initiatives to help the town lessen its energy carbon footprint.  After a career as a Merchant Navy Officer Paul moved into finance, working for several commercial banking groups including 15 years at the Bank of England as an economist and risk management specialist.

Paul has lived in Berkhamsted for 27 years, where he and his wife brought up their three children. In his spare time Paul enjoys making art, reading, gardening, lots of walking and, most importantly, being a grandparent.

Could voting Green let the Tories in?

No. ElectoralCalculus.co.uk (described as "probably the leading vote/seat predictor on the internet") gives the Lib Dems a 92% chance of success in St Albans, even if the Green vote doubles. They predict a huge drop in the Conservative vote, with Daisy Cooper's majority rising from 11% last time to 22% this time. There is plenty of room for Green votes!

Get in touch

We know that some of our supporters will not be able to give us money, but would still like to show their support. If so, we would love to hear from you so we can keep in touch about the campaign and invite you to help in other ways such as delivering leaflets in your area, or putting up a poster. Contact us at [email protected]

If you'd like to get an email update from us every month or so, please sign up here.

The small print

The money we raise from this Crowdfunder will go to the bank account of St Albans District Green Party, not to any individual candidate. £250 of what we raise will be transferred from there to Dacorum Green Party, for the purpose of paying the deposit for the Harpenden & Berkhamsted candidate, Paul de Hoest.

If you pledge £500 or over, you must be on the electoral register - this is a requirement of donating to a political party. You must also be willing to provide us with your contact details and address. This is required by the Electoral Commission.

By making a donation you confirm that you are eligible to make political donations in the UK, and that this donation is not made for or on behalf of any other person.  All donations received are subject to the regulations of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.

Published and promoted by Candy Whittome on behalf of St Albans District Green Party, 21 Marlborough Gate, St Albans AL1 3TX. Hosted by Crowdfunder.

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