I am pleased to announce that Chris Jordan was successful in the ballot with 73.8% of the vote. There was a 50% turnout.
Cathrine Simmons Election Returning Officer for the Green Party
Since my early teenage years in London I was enthusiastically involved in campaigning on environmental issues from waste paper recycling to wild life protection and animal conservation.
After studying environmental science at University, I settled into a career as a nurse in the health service gaining experience in a variety of specialist sectors including Casualty, Mental Health and Addiction Treatment. It was during this time that I became involved in campaigning in defence of the NHS against cuts to funding and privatisation. As a branch secretary to COSI, I was personally responsible for organising direct action leading to a march, on Downing Street during the Thatcher government years, with success!
Here I developed a passion for political advocacy which strengthened my understanding and skills for effective change for representational politics.
Moving to Devon 9 years ago I joined the Torridge and West Devon Green Party and was elected to stand for Torridge and West Devon as a parliamentary candidate in the general election of 2017. I am also proud to have served on the parish council in Westward Ho! and have also stood as a candidate in other local ballots campaigning on local issues. Presently I am part of an environmental working group in North Tawton. Though I no longer live in North Devon, now residing in Mid Devon, I continue to work as a nurse in Torrington. During my 9 years in Devon I have continued to champion and campaign on local and national green issues. I have also represented the local party Green Party at regional conferences. As a member of the Schumacher Institute, I am aware of the incontestable science of climate change and its consequences.
The recent shift in consciousness on environmental issues through the campaigns of Extinction Rebellion, Greta Thunberg, Climate Strike and programmes such as Blue Planet have heightened public understanding of the seriousness of our exploitative destructive relationship with our fragile planets eco systems.
The Greenwashing of policies by the main parties do not address the core issues that must be faced in meeting the challenges of climate change and mass extinction. Only the Green Party truly addresses the scale and the challenges we face.
Both my passion and understanding of the science qualify me to take this campaign forward in the fourth-coming general election. I am passionately concerned over the declining native wildlife, animal welfare and poverty in the SW. My work as a Drug and Alcohol specialist nurse has given me much concern for our failing criminal justice systems, social services, alarming rise in homelessness, use of foodbanks and the intolerably rigid benefits system.
I believe that I can deliver an effective parliamentary campaign that can not only increase electorates understanding of the issues involved but also continue the Green party's progress towards success in representational politics both locally and nationally. Should I be elected other key campaign issues close to my heart would include the zero hours contract culture, small business taxation and supporting agricultural change to meet the many challenges of Brexit.