Lesley Hedges, Colne Valley (West Yorkshire), Green Party
link / contact details for potential supporters
email@example.com 01484 641445 for meetings 0793 947 3269
what do you think is the most important issue in this election?
Peace & Global Warming
why did you make the decision to stand in this constituency and for this
party (as an independent)?
I believe in the Green Party's aims of social and environmental justice. Damage
to the environment affects poor people more, whether that's in the UK or the
world, so I don't believe it's possible to separate the two. They won't put a
nuclear power station in the posh bits of Surrey or Solihull. People on low
incomes including pensioners and single parents more often depend on public
transport and other public services so it's fair to make them good quality as
well as benefiting the environment. Likewise energy saving in the home.
I live in Colne Valley and believe in local politicians who have to live with
what kind of vote are you expecting on May 5th?
Save the deposit for the first time here. Get in ahead of the Tories (our lead
candidate came ahead of 2 tories and 1 labour in last locals).
Increase votes so we have a mandate to demand that whoever wins takes green
issues seriously and doesn't use them as empty election promises. Firm basis
for getting council seats and an MP next time. Also I am hoping that in the
local school mock election the Green candidate wins.
aside from the vote what are you hoping to get out of this campaign?
Lots of publicity for our policies - many people still don't know all we stand
for eg human rights, end to racism and homophobia, decent education without SATS.
in your view what is the greatest threat to our civil liberties at the
Fear of terrorism and ID cards.
Blair has taken us to war three times since coming to power (not including
the occasional ad hoc bombing raid) in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Can war ever be justified?
If UN sanctioned and peacekeeping only. Eg we need to do something soon about
DRCongo - 3 million deaths is 3 million too many, let alone rape, child
soldiers, chaos and disruption of communities.
There is very little left to privatise in this country, if you had your
way what would be brought into public hands.
All essential services including NHS, transport, water, energy, & services
subsidiary to those like IT and cleaning.
Some environmental campaigners have started talking about nuclear power as
a way to bring down CO2 emissions - what do you think of this?
Ridiculous. Expensive, dangerous, lousy health and safety record for employees
and surrounding areas (including those in range of sea and air
currents - ask people in Dublin what they think of Windscale/Sellafield),
long-term damage to environment and waste that our children's children's
great grandchildren will still be dealing with.
Asylum and immigration will be central issues in this election. What
action on this issue would you like to see the next government push
Make it illegal to put both in the same sentence.
Asylum seekers : Take decisions away from the home office - asylum seekers are
not criminals. Faster but quality decisions. Make sure they get the health
care they need. No enforced testing. No quotas. Let them work but without
enforcing it. Increase educational opportunities and personal development plans
that will help them either settle or contribute to rebuilding their country if
Immigration : encourage integration but that does not mean bland
multiculturalism; increase social capacity in all areas with a lot of people
on low incomes whether UK origin or other; tackle racism; make sure no racism in
system so it's easier for white people to enter country; improve statistics so
we know how many people leave - underestimates at present.
What question do you wish was on this list but doesn't appear?
How will you tackle racism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination.
Increase education and effective laws on discrimination and prejudice, including
to cover the media.