Your local candidates for 2016

This year, East Surrey Green Party is fielding ten candidates in Reigate & Banstead and one in Tandridge in the local elections on 5 May. This is your chance to get more hard-working Greens elected.

Please support your Green candidate! You can download a poster to print and put in your window. If you would like to help with delivering leaflets, or on polling day, please email

Earlswood and Whitebushes – Sue Fenton

Sue Fenton 2016 croppedSue is a freelance journalist who has lived in Redhill for 12 years. She is particularly concerned about fracking, the lack of affordable housing, government attempts to dismantle the NHS, and cuts to benefits. Sue believes that political decision-making, both locally and nationally, should prioritise communities and the environment over corporate interests.

Horley West – Sarah Finch

Sarah is a freelance writer and served as a councillor in Redhill for four years. She says, “Horley faces threats from a new runway at Gatwick and from unconventional oil drilling at Horse Hill. Both of these would have a lot of negative impacts on local communities, as well as contributing to climate change. More Green Councillors would stand up for residents and strengthen opposition on our very one-sided Council.”

Meadvale and St John’s – Sarah Vaci

I’m a mother of two and care passionately about caring for and knowing one’s neighbours to create a safe, healthy and positive environment for everyone. I will be a voice for older generations and listen to their concerns, and I wish to protect and improve our area for younger generations. This will be through improving access to local public transport, dealing with traffic and environmental issues and supporting local businesses and charities. I will strive to develop a safer, healthier and more harmonious community in Reigate and am keen to ensure all residents’ views are heard.

Merstham – Kenneth Yau

Ken lives in Merstham with his wife, daughter and three-legged cat, Tiger. He believes the Green Party is the right choice for people who want stronger consideration given to communities’ interests and social values ahead of pure market forces, and feels the Green Party is the only real alternative to the single-party dominance in Reigate & Banstead.

Redhill East – Steve McKenna

Steve is a Chartered Surveyor and Town Planner and works for a charity that acquires and manages open spaces for public benefit. He says, “I’m passionate about making better places in which we can live, work and play. One more person sitting on the Conservative benches at the Town Hall won’t make a difference. I will be an independent-minded councillor standing up for Redhill.”
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Redhill West – Rob Jarrett

Rob Jarrett is a science teacher and maths tutor and a former Green Councillor on Brighton & Hove City Council. He is married with a grown-up daughter and lives in Reigate. Rob says, “The Green Councillors in Redhill have worked hard to challenge and influence Council decisions, while giving serious attention to residents’ issues and problems. If elected, I will bring fresh ideas and renewed energy to the Council.”

Reigate Central – Soo Abram

Soo is a graphic designer who has lived in Redhill for over 30 years. She says, “Sound environmental policy, freedom, fairness and social justice are entirely compatible with the success of the business sector, local communities and the country as a whole. The shift away from these essential values by the mainstream parties is already damaging society. The Green Party has the vision, policies and will to re-establish these values.”

South Park and Woodhatch – Nicky Dodgson

Nicky works in the NHS, at East Surrey Hospital, and has lived in South Park most of her life.  She gained a BSc (Hons) in Social Sciences with Environment and Politics last year through part-time study with the Open University.  Nicky has a history of anti-war and anti-cuts campaigning, and is committed to fighting for a sustainable society, democratic reform to empower local communities, and public services to meet public need.

Tadworth & Walton – Alistair Morten

Alistair lives with his family in Tadworth and Walton, and delivers an educational programme inspiring young people to create innovative solutions to our sustainability challenges. As a Green Party member for over 25 years, he believes that only the Green Party is committed to creating communities that are vibrant, inclusive and sustainable.

Tattenhams – Roger Ponsford

Roger is a retired environmental consultant who has lived in Walton-on-The-Hill since 1971. Through his work primarily with construction-related companies he has seen how the design, construction and operation of buildings can be so much more sustainable. He would like to improve the balance of power within the council and be in a position to influence decisions so that more environmentally acceptable options are chosen.

Oxted South – Michaela O’Brien

Michaela O'Brien croppedMichaela is a university lecturer and has lived in Hurst Green with her family for the past 12 years. She says, “I’ve been an active campaigner particularly on women’s rights and environmental issues since my teens. I believe the Green Party offers a new politics, one that puts people and the planet ahead of the vested interests of business and politicians.

“We need the fair and sustainable policies of the Greens represented on our councils to counter the damage done by fracking, austerity, the dismantling of the NHS and a weak response to tax avoidance.”



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