A lot of people in Kingston are fed up with the three 'grey' parties and want to send a message that there is another way. Only the Green Party offers a well thought through set of policies to re-set our economy, create jobs, offer an alternative to public sector cut backs and addressing inequality.
The Local Elections this May showed that more and more people are seeing the Green Party as the true alternative.
Is the 'broken' society being mended?
Are the cut backs working?
Are there any prospects for growth and jobs?
Is there a clear vision for the NHS?
Do people accept the U-turn on tuiton fees?
Does anyone believe in the Big Society?
Overall, does anyone really think we're better off now as a result of the Lib-Con policies and more importantly, can we look forward with confidence that things will get better?
The Greens have shown through our work on the London Assembly and now in parliament that there is another way. Creating a more equal society should be our aim, not lining the pockets of bankers. In tandem with tackling the massive challenges of climate change, there are huge opportunities for job creation, but the coalition lacks the imagination to show any leadership to tackle these issues.
Kingston Green Party has announced that Clare Keogh will stand as general election candidate for Kingston and Surbiton in 2015.
Clare will campaign on issues affecting Kingston including; fighting cuts to services, tackling growing inequality within the borough, helping to improve resident’s quality of life and fighting against over-development.
Clare will fight the Government’s draconian bedroom tax (up to 64% of those affected are part of vulnerable groups in the borough), help the growing numbers of homeless people in Kingston, support the campaign for a living wage across the constituency and target the growing housing crisis.
The falling air quality in the area is a cause for concern; Clare will fight for more open spaces, monitor air quality and improve walking and cycling services as well as fighting the expansion of Heathrow airport which is looking increasingly likely with the dismissal of ‘Boris Island’.
Clare says: ‘Kingston is being over-developed and at the same time the Tories and Lib Dems are cutting services, as a result we are facing shortages in schools, health services and police. The local transport system is now at breaking point, I will fight to make public services better and fairer for all’.
Clare moved to Surbiton in 2009 to study at Kingston University. Since graduating in Politics and English Literature, she calls the borough home. She now works as an advice worker at the University's Students' Union, providing support and advocacy for vulnerable members, working closely with students impacted by changes to funding, welfare and academic support. Clare is involved in a number of local campaigns, including Kingston Keep Our NHS Public and the new campaign to build a community garden on Tolworth Broadway.
Clare says “Local people have been let down by Ed Davey and the Tories since the last election, helping push through legislation that hurts the poorest in our society whilst offering tax breaks for the richest. He has failed to stick to his promise to vote against any rise in tuition fees, and has failed to effectively tackle the issue of climate change whilst in government. As MP I would fight for every person and not just the top 10%”
Kingston Green Party saw the number of votes they received double during the recent local Council elections and nearly saw two Green councillors elected. With the party nationally polling their highest in 25 years, Kingston Green Party is confident people in Kingston will vote for change rather than more of the same with the other parties.
Kingston Green Party will be running a series of ‘meet the candidate’ stalls across the borough throughout the autumn and will also be running a petition against the Council’s proposed switch to weekly rubbish collections which will only reverse the progress made on recycling.
You can contact Clare on the following:
By email at Clare.Keogh@greenparty.org.uk
Via Twitter @GreenClareKeogh
Via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/greenclarekeogh