The Eastern Green Party is delighted to be able to announce that a strong list of seven Green candidates has been selected by Eastern Green Party members, for the seven MEP seats here in the Eastern region.
They are, in the order they were selected:
- Catherine Rowett, South Norfolk Green Party
- Rupert Read, Norwich Green Party
- Martin Schmierer, Norwich Green Party
- Fiona Radic, Peterborough Green Party
- Paul Jeater, Brentwood and Chelmsford Green Party
- Pallavi Devulapalli, King's Lynn and West Norfolk Green Party
- Jeremy Caddick, Cambridge Green Party
At the last European parliament elections in 2014, across the UK, we increased our Green MEP numbers from two to three. And we were just 1% short of getting our first Green MEP for the Eastern region.
This time around, our chances are even greater, as the dithering by the two major parties over Brexit has fractured their vote while fears over the climate crisis have risen far higher in people's thoughts.
The Green Party's three existing MEPs - representing London, the South East and the South West - have shown integrity and consistency, as some of the very few elected representatives that are firm on the need for radical society-changing action to tackle climate change, while ensuring workers’ rights are protected, fighting for EU nationals' right to stay in the UK and to ensure we have a People’s Vote on Theresa May’s Deal.
With Catherine Rowett in the European Parliament representing our region, we can step up our campaign for change: fighting for a fair economy, tackling corporate tax evasion and being a voice for refugees, freedom of movement and Green values.
To ensure Catherine is elected we want to deliver at least one leaflet to every household in the region.
The deposit alone in this election is £5,000 and, we’ve just learned, while Royal Mail's Freepost scheme means it will deliver one political leaflet to every household for free, the cost of printing them is £21,000.
We have just ten days to raise funds so we can stand in these elections.