On this page you can find out our arrangements for any upcoming elections – European, national or local – and see who our candidates are.
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Thursday 23 May 2019
The EU election is this week. The way that EU elections work is that you will have one vote to elect all of the MEPs for your region. Each party puts forward a list of candidates – known as a regional list – and you vote for one of these lists or for an individual candidate standing as an independent. The number of MEPs that are elected from each party to represent a region depends on the overall share of votes that each party receives.
Last time round Molly Scott Cato was elected with only about 1000 votes more than the UKIP candidate in seventh place so every vote will count this time. Find out more about all the candidates.
We have two candidates standing in Cornwall – Tom Scott and Karen La Borde. You can read about them below.
You can still donate to the Crowdfunder appeal to help with the election expenses.
We’ve also published our EU manifesto if you want to read up on our European policies.
We are ready to stand in a General Election in:
- Truro and Falmouth
- St Ives
- Camborne and Redruth
- South East Cornwall
- St Austell and Newquay
Find out who our candidates are
Tom Scott: for Truro and Falmouth
Tom has been an active member of the Green Party for six years and says he joined the party as “it’s the only one whose policies seriously address climate change – a hugely urgent issue – and that joins the dots between social justice and environmental sustainability”. He sees Truro and Falmouth as a highly promising constituency for the Greens, especially given its large student population, various pressing environmental issues (such as traffic pollution and environmentally damaging ‘development’) and the fact that the Green Party is currently the only genuinely radical party that is taking an unambiguous stance against Brexit.
Tom works as a freelance writer and editor, and is also a senior lecturer at Falmouth University, where he is an officer of the university’s staff union (UCU). As a member of Falmouth Friends of the Earth, he has campaigned successfully on local environmental issues such as town-centre traffic, ship-to-ship oil transfer and environmentally destructive dredging. Over the past year, he has also been highly active in the campaign for a People’s Vote in Cornwall, working with the grassroots campaigning group Cornwall for Europe.
Tom is also the press officer for Cornwall Greens, and is keen to make sure that the Green perspective on local issues gets more coverage. One recent achievement in this respect was an appearance on national radio to discuss the pros and cons of proposed lithium mining in Cornwall. He is also highly active on social media, where he tweets as @WhyToVoteGreen. Recently, he has been working closely with Molly Scott Cato MEP, researching and writing reports for the European Parliament and websites focusing on the ways in which unaccountable and opaquely funded lobby groups have been able to influence the political agenda.
Outside politics, Tom is a published poet and Vice Chair of Falmouth Poetry Group, with which he recently helped organise the Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival in Falmouth.
Karen La Borde: for St Ives
My name is Karen La Borde and I am hoping to be elected as the MP for St Ives Constituency in the west of Cornwall.
Now is not the time to shirk from the major issues facing our global future. The climate catastrophe is upon us and our environment is polluted by plastics, particulates and poor politics.
A pressing urgency requires the Green Party to assert itself as the party with the policies and strategies that can lead us out of this mess. This will take hard work, guile and opportunity of which I hope I have oodles.
I am a mother, grandmother, company director, political activist, parish councillor, knitter and dog lover. I live plastic free (ish) and have not washed my hair nor my home with chemicals, shampoo or soap for over 2 years. I buy and use as little as I can and will ditch my diesel vehicle for an electric car when it starts to fail (apparently this is best for my CO2 footprint).
In the next year I think it is important for Cornwall Green Party to explore all avenues to get our message ‘out there’. Media attention is crucial to a future election and we need to keep writing, speaking and ‘doing’ green politics. We lead by example, we hold out the beacon of hope and we will win our right to have a seat at the table where decisions are made.
Martha Green: for South East Cornwall
Martha Green is standing for the Green Party in the South East Cornwall parliamentary constituency. Martha is a qualified legal practitioner in the area of immigration, including Asylum cases, Human Rights and victims of human trafficking for modern slavery cases.
She moved to Cornwall in September 2014 from London and shortly after that joined the Green Party and stood for the Truro City Council and Town and Parish council elections for the first time in 2017. She has been very active since moving to Cornwall and has successfully formed and hosted two events (Cornwall diversity Food Festival and Every woman’s Hope event) in Truro.
Her qualifications include a degree in Biochemistry, law degree from Middlesex University and Postgraduate LPC from University of West England.
Collin Harker: for St Austell and Newquay
Collin Harker was born and grew up in Canada, married a Cornish woman, and the couple have chosen Cornwall as their home to live and raise a family. He has two children, and has been resident in Tywardreath, on and off, for 15 years where he operates a small guest house.
He has been a Green Party member since 2016, prior to which he was a member of the Green Party in Canada, where he also stood as a candidate in the Federal Parliamentary election.
Collin is a founding director and treasurer of a Community Benefit Society that has taken over a devolved athletics track and playing fields in Par, and is working to promote active and healthy lifestyles and keep the facilities open to the community for the long-term.
Ian Flindall: for Camborne and Redruth
Local activist Ian Flindall has been selected to stand in Camborne and Redruth. His mission is to promote Green policies on ‘destruction of the natural environment and our far-reaching policies for ecological sustainability.’
Local farmer Ian knows the ins and outs of the election business, having stood several times as a General and European election candidate during 40 years of active Party membership. Green through and through, Ian has worked in renewables, energy conservation and sustainable farming, and has been director of West Cornwall Community Power. Ian is well-placed to explain to voters how practical solutions, which we already have available, now desperately need to be pursued with vigour and determination.
“Humanity is clearly drinking in last-chance saloon,” Ian reminds us, “and yet mainstream politicians continue to regard this major threat as a mere side issue.”
Ian is also keen to promote the Party’s critique of economic growth and Gross Domestic Product as the sole measure of well-being; to argue for a society which aims to meet people’s needs rather than fuelling people’s greed; and to put the case for sustainable food production as an alternative to the current destructive agricultural practices.
“At a time when so much concerted global action is needed, I despair that the UK has chosen to leave the European Union,” Ian adds. “But above all, I believe that voters must have the choice to vote for an ecologically sustainable future”.