Reigate Parliamentary Candidate Selection

Jonathan Essex has been selected as the Green candidate for the next General Election, whenever that may be.  Thank you to everyone who took part in the selection process.

About Jonathan Essex

Jonathan Essex has lived in Reigate constituency since 1998.

He was the Green Party candidate for Reigate in the General Elections in 2010, 2015 and 2017.

Jonathan currently serves as a Borough and County Councillor, representing Redhill East on both Councils.

He was elected to Reigate and Banstead Borough Council in 2010, and re-elected in 2014 and 2018.  And he was elected to Surrey County Council in 2013 and re-elected in 2017. As a councillor, Jonathan has passionately campaigned for local actions on a range of issues: from waste and recycling to potholes, from cycling to community facilities.

Jonathan is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Environmentalist with postgraduate qualifications in Development Management and Environmental Decision Making.

He has worked on development projects in the UK, Bangladesh and Vietnam. He has worked for major contractors on power, transport and maritime infrastructure projects; his current focus is on making the construction industry sustainable.

Jonathan joined the Green Party in 2005, after returning from working in Bangladesh. He wanted to help build better local communities in the UK and to tackle issues of global poverty and climate change.

He got actively involved on a wide range of issues in Redhill. He set up Sustainable Redhill, which inspired a growing campaign for a stronger and safer community. He is also a co-founder of the Green House think tank.

Jonathan says, “I hope that by standing for election I can continue to raise the profile of the Green Party in Surrey.

“I would work hard as a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, both individually and with the wider team of Green party members and activists, and use this as an opportunity to get our important message across. We need to speak out about the climate emergency we are facing, as well as the unsustainable development that is destroying our environment, both within the UK and globally. We must show how these environmental realities are connected to social justice issues, and that these require a transformation of our broken economics and politics.

“I believe the Green voice is needed in national politics more than ever, as well as on our local councils. I would give all I can if I actually had the opportunity to serve as a MP. And I would put my heart and soul into standing too.”