Ian Sleeman – candidate for Derby South
I have made Derby City my home since moving here to work for Rolls-Royce. As an Engineer I am taught to find and solve problems, and this mindset applies equally to problems within our society. And there is a lot to be concerned about.
The country has been hurting for years under a Government devoid of compassion, but more than anything else it is the environment that concerns me.
There is still time to avert the worst effects of Climate Change if as a society we act quickly. However the Government has acted to slash solar subsidies and increase subsidies to fossil fuel companies based in the UK and overseas. That is the kind of overseas aid we need to stop.
Pollution from fossil fuels is already causing serious health issues and shortening life expectancy, and Derby City is one of the top 5 worst UK cities outside of London for air pollution. Air pollution is a political choice not a necessity. As MP for Derby South I would fight to reduce the harm caused by the Sinfin Incinerator, and prioritise the introduction of a low emissions zone in the worst affected areas in the city.
We in the Green Party are radical and courageous, but also able to negotiate and compromise when necessary to find solutions. We focus on fighting for our principles and policies, not firing personal jibes at our opponents. A vote for the Greens is a vote for a different kind of politics.
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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:
- Lee Fletcher, Erewash
- Josh Stockell, Derbyshire Dales
- Duncan Kerr, Chesterfield