Meet our general election candidates

We are pleased to introduce our candidates for the General Election on 12 December 2019.

Jonathan Essex, Reigate constituency

Jonathan is a chartered civil engineer and environmentalist, and has served as an active councillor in Redhill since 2010.

He says, “I will fight to protect our Green Belt and Surrey countryside, for fairer rail and bus fares and for planning rules requiring zero-carbon and truly affordable homes.

“We need a fairer Britain and tough action on climate change. This means shifting from our throw-away society, standing against oil drilling and airport expansion, and pushing for properly funded public services – youth and children’s centres, social care, schools and the NHS.”

Contact Jonathan

Email: jonathan.essex@greenparty.org.uk
Phone: 07801 541924
Twitter: @_JonathanEssex

Support Jonathan’s campaign: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/reigate-east-surrey

 

Joseph Booton, East Surrey constituency

Joseph Booton grew up and lives in the local area, works in Reigate in the insurance sector and performs Punch & Judy shows. He was a Green Party candidate in the recent Borough elections in Redhill, where he beat the Labour and Liberal Democrat candidates.

Joseph is committed to protecting the Green Belt as well as local parks and open spaces from development. He will also stand up for future generations by protecting our climate from the threats posed by Gatwick and oil drilling. Joseph will campaign for a People’s Vote on Brexit, stand up for our vital public services, and fight for affordable housing for all.

Contact Joseph

Email: joseph.booton@greenparty.org.uk

Support Joseph’s campaign: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/reigate-east-surrey

Janice Baker, Epsom & Ewell constituency

Janice is a language teacher and lives in Epsom.

She says, “I have been a member of the Green Party since 2014. What drove me into politics in my twenties was volunteering in community projects around Sutton, and campaigning against apartheid and racism.  Grassroots movements led into two years as a volunteer at the Pan African Institute for Development, Cameroon. The injustices in international relations were stark, wrecking the land, soil, lives and rights of all but the powerful rich. I was to return to Africa three times, working for an NGO or lecturing in Politics. I’ve been back in Ewell, then Epsom, for 28 years, in university and college posts before setting up a local school teaching English as a Foreign Language. Through that, I’m able to support Epsom Refugee Network in a practical way.

“My passion is to see people’s movements convince powerful forces that they cannot get away with exploiting us and our finite resources. That’s why I serve on the steering group of Divest Surrey to end Surrey County Council investment in gas and oil completely. Working with others to set up Sustainable Epsom is very rewarding and I’m passionate about animal rights and absolutely opposed to factory farming. So I’m vegan.

“I’m a single parent, love my two cats, walking and reading, and admit to vegging out with TV dramas.”

Contact Janice

Email: jbaker2311@hotmail.co.uk

Support Janice’s campaign: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/molevalley-epsom-ge-2019

What about the Remain alliance?

Greens are cooperating with other parties in more than 60 seats, including standing down in three seats in Surrey. Brexit is a massive issue, but it’s not the only one. So Greens are standing in 500 other seats, including Reigate and East Surrey, so people can vote for our radical policies to address social injustice and the climate emergency.

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