2017 GENERAL ELECTION

The following Green Party members stood as candidates in the General Election on 8 June 2017:

  • Ruth Fabricant:  Beckenham
  • Roisin Robertson:  Bromley and Chislehurst
  • Karen Wheller:  Lewisham West and Penge
  • Tamara Galloway:  Orpington

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Our policies

 

You can find out about Green Party policies on the Green Party of England and Wales website.

 

Our candidates

Ruth Fabricant:  Beckenham

I joined the Green Party two years ago, already a member of pressure groups which are in line with Green Party policies. I am currently an active member of CND, Bromley Peace Council, Bromley Cuts Concern, Bromley Against Fracking, Stand up to Racism, Bromley Trades Union Council and Friends of the Earth. I regularly attend our monthly Bromley Green Party meetings.

As an infant teacher I provide equal opportunities, regardless of race, gender or disability. I always foster a love of nature in my pupils.

When campaigning, I enjoy striking up conversations with shoppers in the High Street and commuters near my local train stations. I campaign to stop the outrageous cuts to our public services and to keep the strong EU environmental and animal welfare laws.

I celebrate diversity as opposed to scapegoating immigrants for government shortfalls.

I have twice visited the Calais refugee camp.

I stood for Copers Cope ward, Beckenham, for the 2014 local elections, coming in third party. I stood for Beckenham in the 2015 General Election, gaining 1,778 votes. I enjoyed replying personally to the many emails I received from people in the constituency and have formed some positive relationships with Beckenham residents and staff in small businesses.

I organised a petition in Beckenham High Street against the closure of the public toilets; I collected 500 signatures and spoke at a full council meeting. Last April I organised a Green Chain Walk.

I have attended five Green Party conferences, which were inspiring and fun, meeting new people and keeping abreast of policies.

I am committed to the ethos of the Green Party, as I have always felt strongly regarding the issues of social justice and animal welfare. The Green Party is a compassionate and ethical party, seeking a fairer society.

One people; one planet.

 

 

Roisin Robertson:  Bromley and Chislehurst

Roisin Robertson

In this time of change, clearly stating Green Party policies is my goal as a Green Party Candidate; on Air Quality, the NHS, Education, Housing, clean energy, Human and Animal rights and a sustainable Green economy. 

The EU Referendum changed Britain’s place in the world. However the Green Party has international support with common values for strong local communities and equality of opportunity and care; all funded by fair taxes.  

Our Bromley Air Quality survey showed EU limits were exceeded. As a founder member of Bromley Against frAcking, I oppose fossil-fuel extraction, locking us into climate change and I am against the proposed Nuclear plant at Hinckley, which demands consumers pay twice the cost of electricity for 35 years and cancer-causing waste is generated. 

We support clean energy, wind or solar, generated and funded locally, which syncs with the UK’s environment commitments under the Paris Agreements. Our future climate stability depends on the UK’s government and companies following agreed emissions-cutting targets.

A Green economy would use transferrable engineering skills from the Arms and energy sectors into clean energy, into home insulation and well-built environmentally-friendly public housing construction.

Renationalising the railways would fund public care, for the disabled, vulnerable and elderly, towards life-long learning, and towards a Citizen’s Income, a basic payment ensuring dignity for all. 

We all benefit from Green spaces and public parks; fresh air; good quality schools and healthcare for our children, and the most vulnerable; protection of our rights to free speech; good working conditions; fair pay; fair treatment of animals and a stable climate.

Democracy is at the heart of the Green Party, where policy decisions are made by members at our bi-annual Conferences. I feel Green Party policies most reflect my views on a future mixed-economy society run for the health and benefit of all.

 

  

Lewisham West and Penge: Karen Wheller

I joined the Green Party because I felt let down by parties in power which were not offering a different vision to that of the neoliberal economic consensus currently running this country, and wanted to be part of an organisation which was fighting to bring about a socialist and environmentalist inspired vision for the future.

As a volunteer zoo keeper based at Beaver Water World in Tatsfield, I have a keen interest in promoting animal welfare, and one of the aspects of my job which I enjoy the most is getting the chance to speak to and interact with a multitude of different people about our animals. I really feel as though I have made a difference to both the lives of thousands of animals, as well as for many people in my nearly ten years working at the zoo as a volunteer.

As a member of Bromley Cuts Concern, I have seen the impact of the cuts to local authority budgets as well as through social security reform, and have campaigned on many issues surrounding the cuts. I have also aided people by representing them as an advocate at the job centre, providing a buffer of sorts against the possibility of them being sanctioned.

I have also been affected personally by the issue of homelessness, and after that experience have wanted to help those who find themselves in a similar situation, especially with the problem of gentrification happening across Bromley and Lewisham boroughs, and the recent cuts which have been made to housing benefits, especially for younger people.

Since 2014 I have also been a member of the Bromley Trades Union Council, and I have taken part in many a picket line and demonstration alongside members, in defence of worker's rights and jobs, protesting against plans to privatise Bromley libraries, in support of keeping guards on the trains, as well as visiting the migrant and refugee camp in Calais last year to donate and volunteer my time there as well.

The EU referendum campaign last year was one I found disappointing in many ways – neither the official remain or leave campaigns appeared to have a coherent argument for their case, and both sides seemed to be offering a fairly pessimistic outlook. I personally supported the efforts of the European Green and other blocs within the EU which were looking at trying to reform the EU into a federalist structure. I personally would campaign for at least a second referendum on the EU, especially once we know more about the details of the final deal that we would be offered, as I honestly feel now more is known about the ramifications of the result, a more informed choice could now be made.

Ultimately however, I would like the opportunity to take my battle for social and environmental justice for those of us left in the lurch by previous governments further.

 

 

Tamara Galloway:  Orpington

Tamara GallowayFor quality of life in Orpington, I’ve campaigned to preserve the Green Belt and back gardens, designated as ‘brownfield land’. I've many new ideas on how to increase housing supply. These include reclaiming empty housing and converting vacant shops and offices to dwellings. 

I oppose airport expansion at Biggin Hill with its flight paths over Orpington, and would ban night flights, which cause more climate change and disturb neighbours. No sleep deprivation is a human right! 

I’m against fracking, which threatens many Orpington homes. I’d also set up a recycling lottery with big prizes; the winnings coming from the landfill costs saved. I’d have substantial discounts on non-carcinogenic loft insulation e.g. Thermafleece. I’d change VAT rules, exempting customers of restaurants or cafes with re-usable crockery and cutlery. 

I oppose creeping privatization of the NHS, expensive PFI agreements, and TTIP, allowing multinationals to sue governments for lost profits. I’d seek a controlled migration system and enough funding for this. I’d maintain funding for the police, which has been drastically cut by the Conservative government, and their focus on road safety, as road accidents cause most deaths of young people. 

My Computing and Statistics degrees enable well researched policies preserving our environment, health and quality of life.