Statement to voters
"I believe there are three issues of particular significance in Europe today: the financial crisis, the democratic deficit and the climate crisis.Alex Phillips
The financial crisis has created real hardship in Europe, and with it a tendency towards nationalism. To tackle it we need to address the inequalities and injustices which lie at the heart of neo-liberal capitalism and austerity economics – something which I have a lot of experience in fighting at a local level, and in my previous role assisting Caroline and Keith in the European Parliament itself.
The EU’s democratic deficit was laid bare during the Greek debt crisis, where austerity was foisted on an unwilling nation; and the failure of European institutions to properly engage with citizens is at the heart of both Brexit and increasing euro-scepticism in Italy, Poland and Hungary.
And finally, with the climate crisis now well and truly upon us, young people across Europe are taking to the streets demanding action. I was at the European Greens Congress in 2011 when the Paris Declaration was drawn up, and the importance of implementing its Twelve Green proposals for a socially just and environmentally sustainable solution to the crisis has never been greater than now.
The European Parliament is uniquely placed to address these great challenges, most crucially those with no regard for national borders. Greens have consistently had the strongest voices on climate change, human rights and social justice; and I have the experience, the capability and the commitment to fight for the changes we so urgently need at European level.
With experience as a researcher for Caroline and Keith in the European Parliament, I understand its mechanisms and how best to make an impact. Fluent in French and proficient in German, I can communicate directly with most MEPs.
As Senior Campaigns Coordinator for Caroline’s first two general elections and Elections Coordinator for the first Green council, I’ve played a key role in the Party’s greatest electoral successes. And as a City Councillor of ten years and the Deputy Mayor of Brighton & Hove, I know how to work with other parties, to compromise, be pragmatic and where to draw the line. I am a good listener – to colleagues, to constituents, and most of all to the membership of the Green Party.
British politics is in a state of chaos and people are certainly not eager to vote for the other parties. As second on the Euro list for the South East in 2014 I’ve campaigned alongside Keith throughout the region and I’m ambitious for us to elect at least two MEPs representing the region this time. I believe that now is the time for us to harness the political climate in the UK and elect more Green MEPs.
Please consider voting for me as your number 1 choice for the South East, thank you!
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Alexandra Louise Rosenfield Phillips is a British politician. She was elected as a Green Party Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the South East England in the 2019 European Parliament election. Phillips is also the Mayor of Brighton and Hove since May 2019, the youngest to hold the office.Read more on Wikipedia
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This candidate has previously stood for election in:
- 2019: The European Parliament (UK) elections, as the Green Party candidate for the South East
- 2019: The Brighton and Hove local election, as the Green Party candidate for the Regency
- 2014: The European Parliament (UK) elections, as the Green Party candidate for the South East
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