We are so excited about this election and the chance we have to inject some hope in to the current political mess, especially after our record-breaking results in last week’s local elections.
A vote for the Green Party on 23rd May is a vote to:
Remain in the EU - Caroline Lucas has been the most prominent voice in the People’s Vote movement since the referendum in 2016. We celebrate and defend freedom of movement and the rights of EU citizens in the UK.
Take bold climate action - The movement for climate justice has never been stronger across Europe. We are facing a climate emergency and Green MEPs will take the action needed to solve it.
Change politics for good - Our political system is broken. It has failed to fix the inequality and insecurity that fuelled the Brexit vote. We must listen to the reasons people voted to leave, and heal divisions.
The Green Party is the only anti-austerity, pro-EU party. We are the strongest voice for Remain currently in the EU and we can win all across the country.
Say yes to Europe. Say no to climate change. Vote Green!
Your Green Party candidates at the European Parliament Elections in 2019 are
(Gerhard Lohmann-Bond and Kat Boettge)
Lead Candidate : Kat Boettge
Cllr Kat Boettge came to the UK almost 20 years ago. She has been working as a psychotherapist within NHS services, whilst raising her daughter. You may recognise her from the Wife Swap Brexit special, where she passionately argued to remain in the EU.
Kat states: “Vote for the Green Party, we have been persistently on the right side of politics about the climate catastrophe, social justice and anti austerity, which has not been working, whilst the other parties have caused a constitutional crisis due to a broken system electoral system. We ought to remain in the EU to fight issues that cross borders like climate change and social injustice.”
Kat has been involved in politics and the Green Party for over 7 years, where she has stood in various elections, has been a local councillor in Kimberley (Nottingham) and has held numerous internal positions within the Green Party. Kat is currently the co-chair of the Women’s Group, was the lead candidate in 2014 and fought strongly to remain in the referendum campaign.
Second Candidate : Gerhard Lohmann-Bond
Born in Germany in 1954 Gerhard has spent virtually all his adult life in the UK. He lives in South Lincolnshire with his two sons. He read environmental studies and urban planning in London in the 1980s, and then embarked on a career as a translator and interpreter, mainly working on complex financial and legal documents for major city institutions.
When his first son was born in 1998 it was decided that he should become a stay-at-home dad.
He joined the Green Party in 2015 and was elected chair of the East Midlands Green Party in 2017. He is a keen gardener and he devotes what little time he has to his allotment.
Third Candidate : Liam McClelland
Liam is from Derby, spending most of his life there, before moving for work and eventually settling in Nottingham 5 years ago. Currently finishing a Philosophy and Theology degree at the University of Nottingham Liam will be starting a Masters in Theology from September.
Liam says: "My LGBT activism and youth work led me to the youth branch of the Green Party, for which I am their co-chair. I have campaigned for LGBT inclusive education as well as working for a local charity that supports young people at risk of gang and knife criminality."
"I live with HIV, chronic depression, and I am a recovering addict. These lived experiences enable me to empathise better with people who feel left out and ignored by our current political system."
Having worked in the hospitality industry for over 10 years Liam knows how precarious the employment practices of the ‘Gig economy’ are and will campaign to ensure workers’ rights are protected and strengthened. Social and Environmental justice will be key elements in campaigning for the European Elections. Convinced that remaining in the Europe secures the best outcome for the many, Liam wants to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard and no one feels left behind.
Fourth Candidate : Daniel Wimberley
Daniel has lived in the Peak District for 5 years. With his wife Anne, Daniel ran a family business offering cycle hire and cycletours for 15 years.
Daniel chaired Jersey Christian Aid leading 600 volunteers in raising funds and awareness. He managed a horticulture project for people with learning difficulties, co-founded the Jersey Community Relations Trust and lobbied successfully for the creation of the Jersey Cycling Network.
Elected in 2008 to Jersey’s parliament he became the most active backbencher introducing several important reforms. Daniel would love to bring his skills, commitment and drive to the EU parliament as your representative.
Fifth Candidate : Simon Tooke
I am recently retired, having had two main occupations. I served 12 years in the Fire Service in London and Yorkshire and I have 18 years experience as a database consultant.
I am married with children and having lived in both the north and south of the country, I settled in Lincoln in 2006.
There is strength in unity and I believe Britain gains much strength from membership of the European Union. We must use that strength to stop environmental degradation and global climate change caused by the merciless economic growth of the last two centuries and construct a new green economic growth that can be sustained for many centuries to come.
We stand for a fairer society, and making the green option the easiest and cheapest one is part of that. We think ‘Fair is Worth Fighting For' on many issues including:
Community - Greens campaign to revitalise our communities and want to save public services from cuts.
Education - We would ensure education is free, including school meals.
Environment - Greens will make it easier to recycle and compost household waste and help you reduce your waste.
Transport - We will prioritise schemes for pedestrians, cyclists, bus and rail travel.
Health - Greens want publicly run care that is properly funded, free at the point of use for all.