WARRINGTON & Halton Green Party has launched its local election campaign, fielding nine candidates in Warrington, with a pledge to build a Green Recovery.
Lyndsay McAteer, Warrington and Halton Green Party leader who is standing in Stockton Heath said: :”After the long, dark winter of Covid we want to make sure that we bring spring into all our council chambers with new hope for a greener, more caring future.”
Ahead of the local elections on 6 May, nationally, the Greens are looking to build on their record results from the last local elections in 2019, which saw the party more than double their number of councillors.
Locally, the party is looking to win its first Council seat in each Borough.
The Green Party is fielding 9 candidates in Warrington and 6 in Halton, the highest number the Party has put forward at a local election; the Warrington list is as follows:
Chapelford and Old Hall – Mike Wass
Chapelford and Old Hall -Sarah Williamson
Culcheth, Glazebury and Croft – Gary Williamson
Fairfield and Howley – Denise Harris
Fairfield and Howley – Jamie Martin
Grappenhall – Robin Wilson
Great Sankey North and Whittle Hall – Steph Davies
Poulton North – Geoff Settle
Stockton Heath – Lyndsay McAteer
This year the Green Party say it is more vital than ever that Greens are elected so that they can fight for a fairer, Greener future for all.
While the Greens have welcomed others’ support for its Green New Deal, Greens in Warrington and Halton would go further, faster to transform local housing to make homes warmer and more energy-efficient, revolutionise our transport systems and rapidly roll out renewable energy. Hundreds of low carbon jobs would be created to carry out this work.
Jonathan Bartley, national Green Party co-leader said: ‘The government is categorically failing to invest sufficiently in the Green sector. It is Green councillors and activists on the ground, working with local communities up and down the country, who are picking up the slack and doing what they can to ensure a green recovery for all. It’s vital that local councils have climate in mind as we build the economy back after Covid. More Green councillors means a stronger commitment in all our council chambers to the climate action that we all know is urgently needed – and to the good, green jobs that this will create.”
Snapshots of some of the local candidates:
Lyndsay McAteer, Green Party Leader and candidate for Stockton Heath
Warrington-born Lyndsay is a freelance writer, researcher, and evaluation specialist. Her political activism goes back as far as the 1980s. She has lived in Wellington, New Zealand, and has worked in the NZ Parliament. Lyndsay believes that Warrington needs change and that policies to address the climate emergency and social injustice need to be at the top of the agenda.
Robin Wilson, candidate for Grappenhall
Robin is a founder member of Warrington Green Party and is strongly committed to the green economy, well funded public services and a clean environment. He is a teacher and was a Parish Councillor in Stockton Heath where he lives with his family.
Steph Davies, candidate for Great Sankey North and Whittle Hall
A founder member of Warrington and Halton Green Party, Steph is an experienced political campaigner, having stood for the Green Party at three general elections, Steph currently serves on Walton parish council. Steph helps run Clean Up My Community and is actively involved in a number of animal welfare charities. Steph is looking to maintain and improve green spaces in the ward for people and wildlife and prevent further development to protect residents from air pollution, traffi congestion and flooding.
Sarah Williamson, candidate for Chapelford and Old Hall
Sitting Great Sankey Parish Councillor (since 2017), born and raised in Warrington, local mum of three, lives in Chapelford, wants to see more greenery/more trees on Chapelford and pedestrian crossings. Hoping once Covid-19 is over that more people will make use of the new train station instead of using their cars.
Geoff Settle, candidate for Poulton North
Geoff Settle was Mayor of Warrington in 2015/16, a very experienced councillor for six years with a proven track record for Poulton North. He has been devoting his time since then chairing such charities such as chairing the Warrington Visually Impaired People, Warrington BipolarUK Support & Warrington Nature Conversation Forum as well as fighting against the proposed Peel Hall Development as the ecology member of the Rule 6 Party.
Denise Harris, candidate for Fairfield and Howley
Denise Harris, 56 born in Warrington and lived here all her life.Has 2 adult children and Nanna to 2 granddaughters. Denise is passionate about Climate Change & the Environment, Worker rights and looking after the NHS – which looked after her when she spent 8 months in hospital due to being hit by a car, published a book called ‘It Was Not My Time’ about recovering from the accident