8 May 2017
We're delighted to announce our candidates for the 2017 General Election.
Chris Brookes will be standing as our Parliamentary Candidate for Nuneaton (which includes Hartshill and Arley).
Chris was our brilliant new candidate for Camp Hill in the County Council elections and hopes to unseat the current leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council in the 2018 local elections. Chris is 34, married with two children and lives in Stockingford.
Chris said “I've grown up in Nuneaton, living in various parts of the western side of the town. I'm currently working as a HGV driver trainer after being a HGV driver for nearly ten years and a taxi driver before that. I wanted to stand for the Greens because I believe that our society has become very unequal and that the Green message is important to changing that.
I believe that it is vitally important to save the NHS from further cuts and to get private money out of it. Not one penny of NHS funding should go to profit. My wife and most of my family work in the NHS so I know what life is like on the frontline and how the hardworking staff has suffered erosion of their wages thanks to the wage freeze. I have also seen the effect that cuts to social care budgets and things like child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) have impacted families in Nuneaton. They have taken away services that 95% of people don't need but that are absolutely vital to the 5% that do need them.”
Keith Kondakor will stand for North Warwickshire (which includes most of North Warwickshire plus Bedworth).
Keith is an award winning campaigner and councillor on both Warwickshire County and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Councils. He has campaigned strongly on a range of social and environmental issues in the north of Warwickshire for the last 12 years. He fought plans for a waste incinerator in Warwickshire in 2006, was part of protests in 2006/7 to save services at George Eliot Hospital, fought loss of virgin train services in 2008, fought excessive building on the countryside and very strongly opposes vanity projects such as HS2.
He is the most successful green party candidate in Warwickshire having won two borough and two county council elections in Weddington. In 2013 he defeated the then conservative leader of Warwickshire County Council and this year retained his County Council seat with 46% of the vote, that was over 600 more votes than in 2013.
He is also a master of investigating consultant’s reports, council accounts and councillor’s expenses. He has wrecked a proposed billion pound Private Finance Initiative (PFI) waste contract for Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull saving the taxpayer £129million in 2010. He has exposed various scandals at borough and county councils including £1.6m lost by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough council in the failed TJ Hughes shop in Nuneaton as well as two county councillors who wrongly claimed £1,000s in expenses. One Tory County Councillor called him the “rottweiler” as he never gives in.
Keith said, “For the general election, my big topic will be funding the NHS instead of vanity projects such as HS2. We need to improve our railways by doubling the frequency of local trains, reopening stations and reducing fares. We also need to stop sucking funding out of vital bus services. Far more people still use buses than trains but they get little help.
The big local topic will be the two crazy local plans, which are driven by the National Planning Framework. We have the North Warwickshire plan driven by the Tories for 9,000 extra homes and the 13,374 Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Plan driven by the Labour borough council cabinet, which includes the Labour candidate in this election. We clearly do need some more homes in the North of Warwickshire but they should be in sustainable locations and of the types need by the local populations.”
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