Published: 08:25, 09 September 2019
| Updated: 08:34, 09 September 2019
The Green Party have selected their candidate to fight for Maidstone and the Weald in the upcoming General Election.
He is Stuart Jeffery from Buckland Road, Maidstone.
Mr Jeffery is a well-known green activist, the secretary of the Maidstone Green Party, and involved in Extinction Rebellion. He said he will also be campaigning on social justice and for a final say on Brexit via a second referendum.
He said: “I am delighted to have been selected to run for Parliament in Maidstone and the Weald. I have been thoroughly appalled by the actions of the Conservatives and Lib Dems over the past nine years and their complete lack of interest in the environmental crisis that is unfolding around us.
“We have deadly air quality in Maidstone, ridiculous housing proposals on green spaces around the borough, a completely lax attitude towards the climate emergency and continued increase in inequalities that both Conservatives and Lib Dems have presided over. It is time for a fresh approach to tackle the most pressing issues of our time."
Mr Jeffery said: “I will also be campaigning for a second referendum. No one voted for a no-deal Brexit or a return to the troubles in Northern Ireland. We are all far better informed than we were three years ago so it is time for a final say on what happens.”
In 2017, he gained 888 votes and came fifth in the poll, but this time he is expecting a better result. He said: "Politics is so all over the place at the moment, anything could happen. We've certainly been seeing a huge upsurge in support locally."
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