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Greens urge vote for new direction

PUBLISHED: 16:09 06 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:28 25 August 2010

QUALITY of life will be the top agenda for green candidates gunning for seats in the next Parliament. Bexley Green Party announced last Saturday which members are set to stand in the general election, to be held no later than May 6. Jonathan Rooks will

QUALITY of life will be the top agenda for green candidates gunning for seats in the next Parliament.

Bexley Green Party announced last Saturday which members are set to stand in the general election, to be held no later than May 6.

Jonathan Rooks will contest Old Bexley and Sidcup, Adrian Ross will stand for Bexleyheath and Crayford, and Marek Powley will be the candidate for Erith and Thamesmead.

Mr Rooks, a lecturer in accounting at London South Bank University, said: "The Green Party want to stand candidates in all Bexley constituencies in order to offer everyone in the borough a genuine choice at the next election.

"The other parties continue to offer the same tired old policies that have created both the current financial and environmental crises - policies based on ever-increasing consumption and with little regard for people's quality of life."

Adrian Ross, Managing Director of a Financial Services IT organisation, said: "There's an opportunity to create new jobs that benefit both people and the planet, such as jobs in renewable energy and home insulation.

"There's a chance to design the new economy to increase the quality of life, for example by improving local services so that we don't have to travel for miles to see a doctor or collect a parcel."

Marek Powley, co-chair of Young Greens, believes that a vote for the party is not a wasted one and said: "The only wasted vote is a vote for policies that you don't believe in.


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