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Green Party names General Election candidate

Worcester Editorial 6th Jan, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

THE GREEN Party has named its parliamentary candidate for the city in next year’s General Election.

Louis Stephen, Worcester Green Party chairman, is expected to go up against the likes of Labour’s Joy Squires and Worcester’s Conservative MP, Robin Walker, in the May 2015 vote.

The 47-year-old married father of two has lived in the county for most of his life and on Bath Road for the past 17 years and currently works as part of the management team at a large international company based in the city.

Mr Stephen said he felt many people in Worcester had lost patience with the old party politics.

“They don’t like confrontational point scoring,” he said.

“People often say to me that all the politicians and parties seem the same these days. I am standing at the next election to show that positive campaigning is possible and also to offer a real alternative.

“With no ties to Big Business or other vested interests, the Green Party is the only party that will fight for a fairer world. A clean environment and social justice are inseparable.”

Mr Stephen said he was committed to maintaining public transport, improvements in road safety by giving walking and cycling a higher priority, good quality, energy efficient housing for a diverse and thriving city for all to enjoy.

“On national issues, I will support the Green Party’s existing Member of Parliament, Caroline Lucas, in campaigns against the privatisation of our National Health Service and giving a firm ‘no’ to new nuclear weapons like Trident,” he added.

“Our campaigning funds come from the generosity of local supporters, so if you want to see a real alternative at the next election, please consider making a donation of either time or money.”

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