[P]enrith and Eden Green Party will contest six of the nine seats in the forthcoming County Council elections in May, in the Penrith and Eden area.
The party, which only formed as a branch in Penrith and Eden in September of last year, has been increasingly active in the area over the last 6 months .
One of the candidates, who will be standing for election to contest the Greystoke and Hesket County Council seat, will be Penrith Town Councillor Doug Lawson.
“I am very enthusiastic about standing for election as a Green Party County Councillor; as a party we represent a really positive choice in a very confused political landscape. I would actively fight for proper public transport links across Cumbria and would work to secure the essential funding for social care as well as campaigning to protect our community hospitals. It is painfully obvious that we need more affordable local housing, with so many young people unable to find suitable accommodation for themselves and their young families,” said Doug.
Doug is already very active in the local community as a Community Governor at Plumpton School, he is also a member of Penrith Methodist Church as well as volunteering with a local Scout unit. Earlier this year, Doug put himself forward to serve on Penrith Town council and was co-opted onto the council where he has become an energetic and enthusiastic supporter of the council in promoting the town.
“I really enjoy working hard for what I believe in and, by listening to people around the area, I have gained a real sense of what matters to the community. It seems to me that many, many people want a change from ‘politics as normal’ and I believe we in the Green Party can offer that, with a clear vision of a sustainable future, based on hope, fairness and an approach that puts the public first,” added Doug.
The Penrith and Eden Green Party branch Secretary, Richard O’Brien was excited at the prospect of the Green Party fielding so many candidates in the forthcoming County Council elections in May.
“We want to offer people a choice to vote Green so they no longer have to vote for the same old tired politics. I believe we are offering a chance for Cumbria to have a Green voice in the County Council, where we can push for decisions that put the public first; an economy that gives everyone their fair share and a society capable of supporting everyone’s needs. We are really looking forward to working to get a Green Councillor onto the County Council. I believe it is time for that to happen,” said Richard.