Statement to voters
I am standing to be the Member of Parliament for Wellingborough. Brought up in Kettering, I live with my wife in Wellingborough where I am a business consultant and trainer specialising in supporting disabled people and helping communities to take the lead. I have over 30 years’ community and local government experience and have been self-employed since 2005.
MY TRACK RECORD
I was the Green’s Wellingborough Parliamentary Candidate in 2015 and have been part of many initiatives to care for our community and inspire residents to take action.
These include campaigning for improved rail services, supporting families to take on Glamis Hall, campaigning to save the Castle Theatre, supporting the Wellingborough Homeless Forum, working to improve Castle Fields Park by getting the toilets working after 20 years and co-founding the Wellingborough LGBT Group.
I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty. As the Castle Fields Streetwatch Coordinator, I have led volunteers to improve Wellingborough’s Castle Fields and Victoria areas by patrolling streets and doing large scale litter picks, removing more than 20 tonnes of rubbish in just one year. We were delighted recently to receive a National Police Volunteering Award for our work.
I also support the Police to help other communities to find out about Streetwatch, including Finedon, Isham, Wollaston and Kettering.
A determined community advocate, I regularly speak at Council meetings, most recently encouraging Wellingborough Council to declare a Climate Emergency. As a former Green Party spokesperson on Disability, I have worked for many years to improve the lives of disabled people.
THE CHALLENGES FOR WELLINGBOROUGH AND RUSHDEN AREA
Our area has many close-knit communities but we need help to keep our services and amenities going. The impact of government cuts and the local government collapse here has been severe. We are witnessing unbelievable levels of poverty with families and communities under enormous pressure. Traffic and pollution levels are on the increase and we’re already suffering the impact of climate change. We need a different voice and approach to inspire us and lead us to work together to help us all thrive.
If elected as our MP, I will be an independent Green voice working to help create opportunities for each of us, young and old, to make our community what we really want and need it to be, and ensure we all get heard at Westminster.
ADDRESSING YOUR CONCERNS
As your voice in Parliament I will work to address local concerns related to ….
• the climate emergency
• homelessness and housing affordability
• our overstretched health services and social care
• unsustainable local development
• improving public transport and improving road safety
• reducing pollution and waste,
• reducing crime
• addressing poverty
• improving opportunities for young people
• making our communities accessible and supporting disabled people to thrive
We live in great communities and I will work to help us realise our ambitions in all parts of this constituency
Parliament is at a stalemate but I believe there is a way of coming to consensus. If I am elected, I commit to work honestly to help Parliament come to an agreement and then take this to UK citizens in a confirmatory vote, which must also include the options to remain.
LIVING WITH THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY
We all need to change the way we live if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change but I believe this change to a greener way of life offers real opportunities for us. We could work fewer hours and closer to home. There will be fewer cars and we will have better public transport, which means less pollution. We will have affordable renewable energy and better insulated homes with lower running costs.
For local business, there will be opportunities to diversify and higher skilled jobs on offer as we ‘retrofit’ thousands of homes and businesses. Communities could also thrive as we realise the benefits of working together and making the best of all our resources and skills.
Our Green New Deal will bring this all to life and at a local level our vision will include creating;
• Community food buying and growing clubs
• Community Timebanks for sharing our skills and needs fairly
• A Local Bank and Community Chest to invest in our area
• Repair Cafés, and Swap Club to re-use ‘stuff’
• Community-led support networks to help us care for our loves ones
• And Green Car Clubs and bike hire schemes to help us reduce car use
I will also support the set up of Citizens’ Assemblies in each Council area to help us all lead in making this future happen. This is one transition we don’t want to leave to a handful of 'politicians'.
I hope you will give me your support on 12th December and I look forward to serving this community as our MP if I am elected.
Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Wellingborough
17th November 2019
This statement was added by Marion Turner-Hawes, their team, or by a Democracy Club volunteer, based on information published by the candidate elsewhere.
This candidate has previously stood for election in:
- 2019: The UK Parliament elections, as the Green Party candidate for the Wellingborough
- 2019: The Wellingborough local election, as the Green Party candidate for the Finedon
- 2015: The 2015 General Election, as the Green Party candidate for the Member of Parliament for Wellingborough
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