28 November 2014
Following a full selection process including a postal ballot of all national Green Party members in each constituency, the Green Party candidates for the 2015 General Election in mid-Essex will be James Abbott for Witham and Paul Jeater for Braintree.
James Abbott lives in Rivenhall, near Witham and is a Green Party District and County Councillor. He has been a member of the Green Party for 26 years.
He has stood as a Parliamentary candidate in Witham (formerly Braintree) constituency at each General election since and including 1992.
James was a European election candidate in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009. He is the Green Party national spokesperson on Science and Technology.
James Abbott said:
“The current national surge in Green support and membership is very encouraging. Many voters are looking for a viable alternative to the “main 3” parties and in Witham constituency there is a significant level of Green support already demonstrated at local elections.
"I am very much looking forward to the campaign. There are more choices for voters nowadays and many people are looking for fresh ideas and a break from “business as usual” Westminster politicians.
"We will be focusing on promoting positive policies for Witham constituency and highlighting the many local issues that residents are concerned about.
"There are lots of strong campaign issues – the need for better health facilities, protecting the countryside from over-development, stronger local communities with more local affordable housing, investment in the railways and road safety/cycling/walking, reform of Essex County Council, supporting local small businesses, boosting renewables, energy efficiency and recycling and protecting local public services including Children’s Centres.”
Paul Jeater lives in Ingatestone and has been a member of the Green Party for 3 years. After being selected he said:
“Six years ago I concluded that my previous party, Labour, was both unwilling and incapable of addressing the greatest crisis the world faces, climate change. So after 30 years membership, I left Labour and voted Green at the 2009 Euro election and then joined the Greens in 2011.
"My aim at the forthcoming parliamentary election will be to show how Braintree constituency would benefit from the Green Party commitment to a living wage, the return of the railways to public ownership and removing the profit motive in the NHS.”
Elsewhere, Robert Graves was selected as the Green Party candidate for Maldon.