Suffolk: Greens choose Westminster hopefuls for four seats
PUBLISHED: 09:35 17 February 2014 | UPDATED: 09:35 17 February 2014
Green Party members in Suffolk have chosen parliamentary candidates for four Suffolk seats at the next general election.
County Council Green Party group leader Mark Ereira-Guyer will be fighting the Ipswich seat in 2015. This marks a departure for him – last time he fought Bury St Edmunds, a seat he also fought for Labour in 1997 and 2001.
He runs a business advising and supporting charities from Bury St Edmunds where he lives with his wife and his teenage daughter.
Mr Ereira-Guyer said: “Economically we’ve hit the buffers. Hyper-consumerism has led to a massive rise in inequality in the past four decades and it’s clear that this isn’t a system that can be fixed. Tinkering at the margins isn’t an option.
“We need to bring manufacturing and food production back to Britain, restructure away from globalisation towards strong local economies built around small businesses and cooperatives. Ipswich has suffered extensively from globalization; it would benefit hugely from re-localisation.”
For South Suffolk the Greens have chosen Robert Lindsay, 49, a Bildeston parish councillor, journalist and smallholder who lives in Bildeston with his wife and two young boys.
He said: “We’ve all been selected in the teeth of some of the most extreme weather this country has ever seen and in the eye of the storm of the climate change debate.
“It’s still not too late to avert runaway climate change. But if global temperatures rise another two degrees, we will be unable to stop mass extinctions.
“The good news is, if we stop chasing GDP growth and endless consumerism we could actually make our society a better, happier place to live.”
Rachel Smith-Lyte will be fighting in Suffolk Coastal. She is a 41-year-old teaching assistant who grew up and still lives in Woodbridge and was a pupil at the town’s Farlingaye High School.
She said: “I’m standing because I want to give people a genuine Green alternative to the business-as-usual politics of the old parties. Our political system is broken and desperately needs some fresh thinking.”
Graham Elliott will be standing in Waveney. In 2007 he was the first ever Green elected to Waveney District Council where he still represents Beccles.
He runs a smallholding on the edge of Beccles where he lives with his wife Nicky, a teaching assistant.
He said: “I relish the chance of challenging the other candidates and holding them, and their parties, to account for their abandonment of any environmental policies they may have had and for the ever growing gap between the rich and poor within our country.
“All the other parties aspire to return to the old model of greed and excessive consumption which is exactly what got us into the current financial, social and environmental crisis.
“Only the Green Party offer an alternative approach based a genuinely sustainable and equitable society.”
The Greens are hoping to fight every seat in Suffolk – and further candidates should be selected over the next few weeks.