The Derbyshire Dales’ constituency group of the
Derbyshire Green Party is pleased to report that it has selected its candidate
for the General Election on 12th December.
Our candidate is Matt Buckler, an ecologist who
works for the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. Matt was previously the conservation
manager at the Moors for the Future Partnership, part of the National Park
Authority, running peatland restoration projects across the Southern Pennines.
He is married with two children and lives in Matlock.
Matt has been an active member of the Green Party
for 8 years. In May he won two elections, to become a Councillor for Matlock
Town and Councillor for Stanton-in-Peak Ward on the District Council. Matt
chairs Matlock Town Council’s Climate emergency working group.
Matt said “We believe the Conservatives have poorly
served the Derbyshire Dales by not tackling the issues that face us, including
environmental degradation and economic decline. Despite their focus on economic
growth to the exclusion of all else, the GDP of the Derbyshire Dales District
fell by 5.9% between 2012 and 2017”.
Matt will focus on key Green priorities, including
the Climate Emergency, fair votes and community-led housing, with the aim of
improving the overall wellbeing of our beautiful region, rather than
sacrificing it to failed strategies to promote growth.
We will publish our manifesto after the close of
nominations on 14th November.
The Green Party will stand four candidates in Derbyshire in the forthcoming General Election.
Peter Allen, 49, of Glossop will represent the Green Party in the High Peak constituency. Peter says:
I am delighted that voters in High Peak will now have the chance to vote Green. This election will be the most important in recent times: Britain and the world face a perfect storm as we suffer the worst financial crisis in living memory, while millions of people are losing their homes due to climate change, and the search for continued growth wreaks devastation on the world’s rainforests and ecology. To cap it all, we experience an energy crisis, as easy-to-mine fossil fuels diminish. Only the Green Party offers the right response, with our programme for sustainable living and social justice.
To underline the urgency of Climate Change, Peter will be travelling to London with other Green Party members to take part in The Wave demonstration next weekend. Expected to attract a million participants, this event will demand that the world’s leaders face up to the dangers of global warming now and begin to implement policies necessary to ensure the survival of humanity on the planet. Green Party leader Caroline Lucas recently spelled out our collective challenge:
We now have to recognise that climate change is potentially the greatest challenge we’ve ever faced. At the same time the measures we need to tackle it, like a massive investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy will actually make jobs, and will help us out of recession.
The other three Green Party candidates in Derbyshire are: