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Matthew Buckler – Derbyshire Dales candidate

Matthew Buckler candidate for Derbyshire Dales

I’ve lived with my family in Matlock for 12 years and am really happy to have made the Derbyshire Dales my home. My children were born at the Whitworth hospital, sadly a victim of the coalition government’s NHS cuts.

I’ve had a lifelong affinity with nature and the natural world and studied ecology at the University of Sheffield. I currently work in the Peak District, looking at how we can repair damaged landscapes and increase both our Natural Capital and biodiversity. I love finding creative solutions to large-scale problems, and see many in how our society is being run at the moment, with increases in health and wealth inequality and a significant decrease in democratic legitimacy. I am a passionate believer in working together to identify what we have in common and resolving issues together, whether that be through trade unionism or internationalism.

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Green Party Launches Manifesto Today

Today the Green Party launches our election manifesto. Click to download the full manifesto.

The Green Party is running in over 300 constituencies around the country (a record for the party in its 30 year history), and it is also running a full slate of general election candidates in London (for the first time ever). The key policies in our fully-costed manifesto for the general election are:

Health and the NHShttp://www.greenparty.org.uk/policies/nhs_2010

We will fight for a fair deal for those needing health care by opposing cuts, closures and privatisation and by demanding a full programme of locally accessible services. We will also fight to restore free dental care and provide everyone with the choice of an NHS dentist

Opposing cuts to the public sector

When markets fail, government needs to step in and get the economy working again. You just can’t cut your way out of a recession. Greens believe that public spending cuts would harm the economy. It would impact on jobs – and hit the poorest hardest. That’s just not fair

Jobs and a living wagehttp://www.greenparty.org.uk/policies/jobs_2010

Unemployment is skyrocketing, and the government is doing little about it. Our major and immediate priority is fight the economic and climate crisis together, and invest in a far-reaching programme of energy efficiency, renewable energy, social housing, public transit, and home insulation to create hundreds of thousands of jobs and training places

Pensionshttp://www.greenparty.org.uk/policies/pensions_2010

We would ensure all pensioners receive a basic non-means tested £170 a week

Housinghttp://www.greenparty.org.uk/policies/housing_2010/housing_detail.html

The Greens would bring back into use Britain’s 300,000 long-term empty private sector homes, and renovate Britain’s 37,000 empty council homes to help cut waiting lists.