This is a statement from Pat Morton, who is the Green Party candidate in Broxtowe, in next Thursday’s election:
The Green Party presents an opportunity to change the current divisive politics that ignores poverty and to tackle climate change and protect our environment.
I want to defend our public services, whilst creating a thriving and healthy local environment for us to live in, so standing for parliament in Broxtowe on behalf of the Green Party is a privilege.
I moved to Eastwood from Birmingham with my 7 year old son some 40 years ago and made this area my permanent home. I have had a long and successful career working in construction and higher education and I can bring a wide range of experience as I enter politics. I am passionate about the environment and about tackling inequalities. I have held many and varied positions of responsibility through my life and I am proud of being able to stand up for my principles.
There are many challenges facing this country. The Green Party is working for a confident and caring Britain that uses its influence wisely, co-operating with our neighbours on shared challenges of terrorism and tackling climate change. We want a parliament that is representative of the diversity of modern Britain – where the public can trust their representatives.
Too many people are left to wonder if their vote is worthless in the current system. Tactical voting may work in the short term but it changes nothing. I joined the Green Party because my views were not represented in any other party. Unless we use our voice we do not get our messages across. I want to do what I can to ensure the next generation has access to good education, our National Health Service, housing, libraries, parks and other green spaces that I and many others have enjoyed for most of my life. If we don’t take action I fear for the futures of our young people.
Stand with us for a bolder, brighter and better future.