We have a team of officers and committee members who run the local party and coordinate our activities, as well as candidates selected to stand for council and parliamentary elections.
Dominic Giles – Parliamentary Candidate for the Stratford-on-Avon Constituency
Dom lives in Shottery and is a teacher of History and Politics. He first joined the Green Party in the late 1980s when he became aware, as a student, of the damage we were doing to the environment. Already active in environmental pressure groups he felt a political solution was needed to correct the injustices in society.
For a long time he paid his fees, signed some petitions but never went to a meeting. (Sound familiar?)
However, by 2014 Dom had become so frustrated by the approaches of the other parties to climate change he felt he needed to stand as a candidate in the 2015 General election, and give the people of Stratford-on-Avon a choice.
Interviewed by the Stratford Herald, he said:
“We must halt the needless austerity measures currently imposed on the poor. We need to pay off the deficit, but in a balanced way, by raising the wages of the lowest in society and taxing those who can afford to pay more. We must address tax avoidance and evasion.
“I believe we need to push for greater democracy in the UK and I fully support the Green Party’s ideas about reforming the voting system, abolishing the House of Lords and lowering the voting age to 16.
“We need to re-claim our society. When did we stop being citizens and start becoming customers? We must protect our NHS from privatisation, bring the railways back under public ownership and invest in our young people by abolishing tuition fees. We will also invest in energy-efficient public transport and build 500,000 social rented houses.”
Dom didn’t quite win that election but he still does his bit. He avoids multinationals which sell fast food and beverages but don’t pay taxes and he still signs lots of petitions. But now he does go to meetings – even enjoying them sometimes!
Rob Ballantyne – Parliamentary Candidate for the Kenilworth and Southam Constituency
Born in Glasgow in 1959, Rob was brought up in East Yorkshire, where he was educated at the local comprehensive school, before going to Newcastle University, graduating in Philosophy & Politics.
Moving to the Midlands in 1980, Rob joined IMI in Birmingham and studied to become a qualified Management Accountant. He worked for 30 years in a variety of industries before going self-employed in 2011, starting a bookkeeping and management accounts practice, serving small local businesses.
Rob has lived in Kineton since 1998, and is married with 2 children.
Rob says: “I’ve always had an interest in politics, ever since my university days, and joined the SDP shortly after they formed in 1981, but became disillusioned with them when they merged with the Liberals to become the Lib-Dems.
“During my time in Kineton I have worked with Heart Start, a volunteer group that works with the Ambulance Service, as Chairman, Treasurer and First Responder. I have also served as a Parent Governor at Kineton High School.”
Why the Green Party
“I joined the Green Party in 2008 after reading Heat by George Monboit. It was obvious to me that the main Westminster parties simply weren’t taking climate change seriously enough, and something much more radical was needed. In fact they’re still more concerned with their own short-term electoral prospects than with making the decisions needed to address our long term survival.
“For me, though, the thing that really makes the Green Party stand out from the other parties is that it is the only party that is prepared to stand up against global capitalism, and explode the myth of perpetual economic growth which is not only impossible in a finite world, but results in environmental destruction and ever-increasing inequality.
“It’s no good saying that the economy has to come first and the environment will have to wait. If we don’t have a decent environment, we don’t have anything. We have to realise that we are totally reliant on nature for our survival, rather than think that we can be its master. I don’t want my children to grow up in an impoverished world where the only animals are the ones we keep on farms or in zoos, and where only the few at the top prosper, while the rest are left to struggle.
“We need real change and not more of the same failed policies of the traditional Westminster parties, and that’s why I’m standing for the Greens.”
John Stott – Local Party Treasurer and County Council Candidate for the Stratford North Division
John is a Chartered Engineer and member of the Energy Institute. Now retired, he lives in Ullenhall with his wife Penny. He worked in the electricity generation industry and latterly in aerospace.
As the Climate Change story unfolded over the past 10 years, he became more and more interested in what he could do personally to cut carbon, save energy and help others to do the same. This interest led him towards the Green Party where he found like minded people and much more about social justice, which really appealed.
When the Stratford Party regrouped before the 2015 general election, he joined and volunteered to be treasurer. If you have questions about saving energy or reducing Carbon footprint, he’s the one to ask. As treasurer, he also welcomes donations to fund our local party campaigning activities.
Duncan Parker – Local Party Chair
Duncan lives in Snitterfield with his wife and two children. A long time member of the Green movement he remembers being at Save-the-Whale demonstrations in London when he was 8. He is active within his local community supporting various groups and is the chair of the village climate change group, Snitterfield Actioning Climate Change. Duncan is a compulsive collector and rider of classic bicycles.
Why the Green Party
“Because making our inhabitation of the planet possible for generations to come is the one thing we owe to ourselves and our children. With the Green Party you also get the icing-on-the-cake with the commitment to Social Justice and Proportional Representation which will bring a level of cohesion to our society that has not been enjoyed for a very long time.”
David Passingham – Local Party Secretary
David has lived with his partner in Stretton-on-Fosse for 20 years. He has 3 children and 7 grandchildren. He used to run a computer aided design software company but has now retired. He has been an active member of Stratford Friends of the Earth and other sustainable living groups for many years. He is also a keen cyclist and gardener.
Why the Green Party
“For me Caroline Lucas says things how they ought to be said more than any other politician. The Green Party aims of protecting the environment, stopping damaging climate change and social justice are the most important issues of our age. I enjoy being involved in such a democratically run Party.”