VOTE 2019: Green Party announce candidates for Reading East and Wokingham

THE Green Party has announced its candidates in the forthcoming General Election.

In Reading East, which includes parts of Woodley and Earley, the party will field David McElroy.

Jamie Whitham will stand for Reading West constituency and Kizzi Johannessen for Wokingham.

Mr McElroy said: “Living in Reading with a young family, my vision is for a fair, cleaner future for all of us. This includes fighting climate change, global engagement by Remaining in Europe and defending our precious public services from punitive Tory cuts – the now-closed Arthur Hill swimming pool should be reopened for example!

“Reading East deserves change, it deserves to Remain, and it needs fresh ideas.”

Kizzi Johannessen lives in Wokingham with her wife and family.

The passionate Remainer said: “In Wokingham, we voted overwhelmingly to remain part of the EU and every day I talk to people and hear just how worried they are about government’s plans for an extreme Brexit.

“I will stand up for EU nationals, for action on the climate emergency, and for protecting our hard-won workers’ rights. I pledge to fight tooth and nail for a People’s Vote on any Brexit deal and I would campaign for remain.”

And the Reading West candidate – which is outside of our circulation area – is also a Green Party councillor.

He said: “I am honoured to be standing in Reading West. Following declarations of a climate emergency around the county, we now need action.

“We need a properly funded Green New Deal to insulate homes, generate renewable energy and create decent jobs.

“We only have one planet and one chance. If elected I will stand up for public services, for a People’s Vote where I would campaign to remain and for real action on climate change.”

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