Meet our candidates for the 2019 Local Elections
Sarah Cope moved to Letchworth last year with her partner and two children. She has campaigned on many issues over the years including climate change, mental health services, LGBT+ rights and autism. She works as both a freelance journalist and for a charity which supports women seeking asylum in the UK.
Sarah loves Letchworth, and believes that it is important to have a Green on the council to both stand up for the most vulnerable in our community and also to push for real, swift action on climate change.
Diana J Newson - Hitchin Highbury
I’ve lived and worked in Hitchin Highbury for 18 years. I have a background in science, publishing, management, adult education and complementary medicine, and work part-time from home. This will allow enough time to be a fully involved councillor. Every issue at a local level (however small) would benefit from a Green voice working for people and the environment. I believe in economics "as if people and the natural world matter", and have a huge impatience with the way words have been hijacked and information is sometimes produced with an intention other than telling the truth. Straightforwardness and Green values are what I would bring to all discussions.
Rosie McGuire - Cadwell
I am a mother of two young children currently training to be a secondary school teacher of Geography.
My priorities as a Green Party candidate are to work with local groups, residents and businesses to maintain and enhance the local natural environment, to improve public transport services and give a voice to communities affected by new housing developments that threaten to put pressure on local services.
Katherine Marie Shann - Royston Heath
Katherine has been a member of the Green Party for 7 years. She works in London as a technical author in the software industry and has lived in Royston for 3 years.
Katherine believes in:
* A fair and equal society that puts the well-being of all over the profits of the very few.
* Protecting public services, which are invaluable to our community.
* Safeguarding and sustaining our environment both for our benefit and for the benefit of future generations.
Karen Harmel - Royston Meridian
I have lived in Royston since 2001.
I have been a member of the Green Party for many years, holding a number of Committee posts. I have been actively involved in supporting the North Hertfordshire group since 2005. Keeping up to date with local issues is important to me to ensure that they can be raised and discussed at our monthly meetings. I have stood as a Green Party candidate in local elections every year since 2005 and I am doing so again this year in the hope that I can help to make a positive difference. Once I am elected, I will work hard to ensure that all issues raised at Council meetings have a Green perspective. I want to ensure transparency and accountability.
Mary Karin Marshall - Chesfield
Mary joined the Green Party in early 2016 because she wants to join up the great work and ideas within our community to solve our problems. She has lived in Hitchin for 20 years, close to the countryside most of her life, and appreciates that a lot of hard work goes into growing our food and keeping nature in balance. Mary works in an IT team analysing, fixing and enhancing older systems which local authorities and Utilities use to manage street works. She feels Brexit will leave local government struggling as it sucks in funds and resources, so, having an experienced problem solver, asking questions, listening carefully and thinking things through will be invaluable.
Find her on Twitter @greenmarykm
Anni Sander - Hitchin Bearton
I'm a civil engineer with a background in energy efficient and sustainable building design. I now work as a project manager helping to enhance infrastructure by using digital technology. My family moved to Hitchin three years ago, after living in London and before that in Berlin. My son was born here and we are now deeply rooted in the local community. Both my husband and I are outspoken supporters of the local cycling community and Less Waste initiative.
George Woolhouse - Baldock Town
Naturally aligned with the left of politics, I am drawn to the Greens because they fulfil this in me, as well as my interest in planet management issues. Green is the politics of the future, or the colour of future politics is green. You choose.
Locally, I believe that we need to cut down on car use, build the cycle network and boost the bus service. I suffer from COPD, and can tell you that our local air is often foul and unbreathable, specially at rush hours. Add to this a local habit in my area of burning plastics (remember I have an educated nose), although this is illegal. There seems to be no detection or enforcement of bye laws in this matter and that needs to change, as the resulting cocktail of toxins is highly potent. I would also like to campaign to stop drivers from running their engine when stationary.
Mark Gamon - Ermine
I’m an internationalist. I believe deeply that the challenges facing the human race can only be solved through open co-operation. We can debate the causes of climate change, but its effects are a reality. We feel them in a small way here in the UK: elsewhere in the world they face catastrophe. Hiding behind closed borders and national identity will help nobody.
Nicky Clark - Hitchwood Offa and Hoo
The climate crisis is the greatest challenge we have ever faced and we desperately need to act now. I believe the Green Party is our best hope for a fairer, healthier and more sustainable future, the only party brave enough to push for dramatic but essential change to the way we live our lives. I am standing in order to give local people a green choice.
Living in Langley, I have first hand experience of the daily challenges faced by people living in rural villages, especially those on low income, as services and infrastructure are increasingly centralised. Infrequent and expensive public transport alone particularly puts rural teenagers and older people at a disadvantage as they are unable to access services, education, employment or recreational opportunities independently, leading to social isolation. I feel that, through the Green Party, I can speak up for this section of our community and help push for positive and sustainable change.
Des Stephens - Weston and Sandon
Des has lived in Hitchin for 55 years with outreach to Ely, Baldock and Stevenage.He joined the Green Party 3 years ago after retiring from employment as a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at UoB.
"I believe that policy, at local and national levels, should be for the common good and not for the privileged few as seems to be the case now. As a Councillor I would vote for more social housing, improved employment conditions, better house insulation and solar power, more public transport to reduce traffic pollution and to bring back youth clubs."
Des is a CAB volunteer adviser in Stevenage and allotment gardener.
William Lavin - Hitchin Walsworth
I have stood for general election twice - recently in Bermondsey and many years ago in Huntingdon against John Major. I have been involved in many successful local and national campaigns, and have been a member of the Green Party National Executive.
I moved to Hitchin four years ago with my wife and twin sons.
I am passionate about safeguarding our air quality, and dismayed that two areas in Hitchin are currently designated AQMAs (Area Quality Management areas) with high levels of nitrogen dioxide. This is likely to worsen. Poor air quality is responsible for thousands of premature deaths every year and a huge increase in childhood asthma. Councillors are not doing anything like enough to tackle this issue, and one of the suggestions discussed to solve air quality was to build more roads in Hitchin! To highlight how little other Political parties really care about environmental issues - our Green MP Caroline Lucas recently scheduled an important House of Commons debate on Climate Change.Out of 650 MPs, only 10 bothered to turn up! We urgently need Green councillors on every council in the country. Many other councils have benefited from electing councillors in recent years, we need Hitchin to join them.
Richard Warr - Symonds Green
I first moved to Stevenage in 1967 and have spent most of my life here since then, moving to my current house in Fishers Green back in 1998. I love the town and believe that the Green Party offers the best solutions for its future.
Although we still have room for future growth (and desperately need more affordable housing) we need to recognise that some elements of our local infrastructure are close to breaking point and are in need of upgrade in the near future. We need to ensure that further expansion is matched by big improvements in the provision of public transport which will also take the strain from our busiest roads and yield a corresponding reduction in pollution.
Victoria Snelling - Bedwell
I’ve lived in Stevenage for over thirty years and have made my home here. I currently live in Bedwell, where I have stood as the Green Party candidate in both local and county elections. I’m a member of the Green Party because it is the only party of social and environmental justice which supports a radical transformation of society for the benefit of all, and for the planet as a whole. No other party offers the same commitment to the changes we need to build a sustainable civilisation for future generations.
Climate change is a reality we have to deal with in the very near future and I will support all measures for putting combatting the effects of climate change at the centre of everything we do. Without rebalancing our communities and lives our future will not be bright or hopeful. Local energy companies owned by the community and distributing energy from renewable sources provide jobs and affordable energy and I want to see Stevenage leading the way by setting up a local energy scheme. New housing developments should be safe, energy efficient and wildlife friendly. There are many ways we can create a place that people love to live and that minimises our impact on the environment.
I am one of many people who commute from Stevenage to London and elsewhere to work. I know well the strain created by long commutes on overcrowded and expensive trains. The Green Party intends to make public transport public. Reducing the demand for long journeys by rebalancing economies so people can live and work in the same place. Stevenage is blessed with cycle paths that support walking and cycling and it would be wonderful to see more people using them to travel to work. But individual actions to reduce carbon emissions and waste, whilst important and necessary, will not be sufficient to bring those emissions down to a level that will avert climate disasters. For that we need to address the systemic and corporate causes of pollution.
We cannot create a better world by excluding some people from our vision of the future. I support human rights for all and believe firmly that all people are equal. Our laws and culture should reflect that. Our environments, whether public spaces or workplaces or societies or civic institutions should be inclusive and accessible.
The Green Party understands that the threats to economic, social and environmental wellbeing are part of the same problem and recognises that solving one of these crises cannot be achieved without solving the others. Transforming our communities requires the bravery to be radical and the generosity of spirit to work together. I believe we can make a sustainable future based on respect for the environment, justice and fairness for all.
Tim Lee - Arbury
I live in Letchworth Garden City and admire the concepts Ebenezer Howard espoused when he created the town. He found a smart way to harness private enterprise and social compassion for the common good, principles that I and the Green Party firmly believe in.
Only the Green Party promises to introduce a Citizen’s Income providing every citizen with an unconditional, non-withdrawable basic income. This will enable citizens to have a more flexible approach to work, retirement and caring for others. It seeks to bring greater fairness to all, for the common good, and remove the iniquity that so often happens under Conservative policies. David Clapson starved to death in Stevenage, because of those policies. Vote to stop the cruelty of the Conservatives. Vote Green for a better fairer future.
I want to see it become easier for companies to create jobs and wealth. The Green Party proposals on simplification in taxation and the removal of national insurance is a step towards making it the party for business. I want to see a new framework that assists and rewards environmentally considerate businesses and helps them profit around the world from their innovations.
I, of course, passionately believe we must take care of the environment. I want to see us massively reduce the plastic going into the oceans and fields around us. I will seek solutions to the issue of fly-tipping locally to protect our beautiful countryside, towns and villages.
I believe we need to create energy security based on renewables not fossil fuels supplied by other countries. We have a wealth of natural energy all round us which we need to harness, store and use. Local solutions provide local jobs and less waste.
I have seen the other parties repeatedly take good ideas from the Green Party. A vote for Green counts, it is never wasted, other parties listen, learn and become greener.
The future is Green.
Martin Malocco - Roebuck
I have lived in the Roebuck ward my whole life, I know what’s important to the local people. For me the Green Party is the party of conscience. We care passionately about a fairer society for all and closing the gap between the richest and poorest people in our society. We want to improve public services and make them more accessible to all. We also recognise the very real threat of climate change and would put policies in place to ensure we start to undo all the damage we’ve done to our precious planet.
I’m always keen to talk politics so if you’re considering voting for me or just want to find out more about me and what I stand for then feel free to message me on Facebook or twitter @MartinJMalocco
Elizabeth Sturges - Old Town
Even if I wasn’t a member of the Green Party, I would still be horrified at the idea of expanding Luton Airport, not just because of the extra buildings, extra car parks and pollution on the ground, but especially because of all that extra pollution created by all those extra planes going into the sky. Will the planet survive for our children?
Closing the railway line between Stevenage and Hertford, and making the Moorgate line end at Watton at Stone, makes no sense at all. I suspect this idea came from someone who doesn’t use the trains.
The most immediate crisis for Stevenage and North Herts is about housing. So many politicians, MPs and councillors, seem to think that by building more and more houses, and leaving it to the developers to decide what sort of houses and where, is the solution. But it’s not. There is more homelessness than ever. At the end of last year there were 131,000 homeless children in the country, and most likely some of them in Stevenage. Local authorities must “take back control” of housing from the developers who have done obscenely well – I just read about a CEO who got £100 million in one year! Even the buyers are getting a bad deal – it turns our that many of the new houses are shoddily built.
Nick Newson - Letchworth South West
Nick has lived in North Hertfordshire for 20 years and is a committed environmentalist who hopes that, although time's running out, there's still an opportunity to avert the headlong rush to ecological disaster that the majority of our politicians seem to either ignore or accept as inevitable. Nick works for a locally based conservation charity.
Nick is passionate in his belief that a change is essential to the moribund thinking and policies that are entrenched in the major parties and this would come about with a shift toward a Green agenda both locally and nationally.
Mike Malocco - Shephall
I have lived and worked in Stevenage all my life and have stood as a candidate in Shephall for the last 4 years.
I strongly believe we need a real change in politics at both the local and national level. The Green Party is the only party that will create a society that puts people first and understands the very real threat of climate change.
I love this town, I grew up in and around Shephall, it is the only home I have ever known. I would strive to make it a better place for everyone.
Dave Ingarfill - Chells
Naomi Collins - Pin Green
Angela Clark - Royston Palace