Kate Barker, Green Party Candidate for the by-election in St Helen’s, Chesterfield

I’ve lived in Chesterfield for almost 13 years and this town is home to me. I was lucky enough to be raised and go to school here, so I have family and friends in the town and know the local area.

I believe Chesterfield is one of the best places to live in the UK and I see the role of a councillor as being someone who maintains this by listening to local people, taking action on their behalf and making a positive difference to people’s lives and the town. In particular I would fight against cuts to our frontline services and work to protect those who are vulnerable and needy. I would campaign for safer streets, better facilities for children, and more visible policing.  Above all I pledge to listen to residents and take action to address their concerns.

I am proud to be a member of and to stand as a candidate for a political party I can believe in. The Green Party is different – we have strong principles and ethics and we believe in listening to the people we represent and taking action to help. Support for the Green Party is growing and 3 councillors have been elected locally 1 to Bolsover District Council, and 2 to Sheffield City Council. In total the Green Party has 135 councillors on 46 councils across England and Wales.

I have always had an interest and passion for protecting our natural world. Living on the edge of the Peak District, I’ve grown up to be a keen hiker and I regularly go for long walks in the Peaks with my partner, Tom, and my dog. I also enjoy swimming and horse riding. After university I went into the charity sector working for environmental, overseas development, child welfare and cancer care charities, which has given me real insight into some of the difficult issues people face and the support that is needed. I’ve worked in the charity sector now for 11 years and it’s hugely satisfying. I believe that representing the residents of St Helen’s ward as a Green Party Councillor will be even more so.

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