Cornwall Greens announce general election candidates for Truro & Falmouth and South East Cornwall
The Mid and East Cornwall Green Party has announced that Amanda Pennington and Martin Corney have been selected as their general election candidates for Truro and Falmouth and South East Cornwall respectively.
Local Party Coordinator Julie Bennett said: “Amanda and Martin are both exceptional candidates who have a wealth of experience as community campaigners and councillors.”
Amanda Pennington said: “Truro & Falmouth recorded one of the highest Green votes in the country at the last general election, with our share of the vote increasing nearly fivefold. We think we can do even better here this time, with clear, positive policies on protecting the environment, decent social care, affordable homes, free education, renewable energy and action on climate change. People want a sustainable future for themselves and their children, and only the Green Party has the bold, joined-up policies that can make this happen.”
The party has also announced that it will not be standing candidates in North Cornwall or Newquay and St Austell. Julie Bennett said: “The Green Party has been making every effort, nationally and locally, to facilitate a progressive alliance that can defeat Tories across the UK and introduce a fairer electoral system. We’re disappointed that advocates of progressive alliances in other parties have not been empowered to set aside their differences by their party leaders. In failing to do so, Labour and the Liberal Democrats risk condemning Cornwall – and indeed the rest of the country – to another five years of deeply damaging Conservative government.
“We hope that our decision will add force to the many voices who are calling for progressive parties to join forces against this toxic, reckless Tory government. Greens have repeatedly shown that they are prepared to put aside party interests for the common good, but an effective progressive alliance cannot come together unless Labour and the Lib Dems show that they too can see beyond narrow party interests.”
Notes to Editors
- Amanda Pennington has been a Wadebridge Town Councillor since 2011 and is chair of the council’s Planning Committee. She helped to establish and sits on the board of Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN), and is also on the board of the Cornwall Council Planning Partnership and Tempus Leisure. In 2015 Amanda up a voluntary group that helps resettled refugees in Cornwall and others further afield in camps in Syria, Greece, and France.
- Martin Corney has been both Chair and Vice Chair of St Ive Parish Council. He volunteers locally for community organisations including Callington foodbank, the Growing Project Pensilva and Pensilva Youth Projects. Last year Martin was the link between St Ive Community Park Project (as Treasurer) and the Parish Council, enabling £54,000 of new play equipment for St Ive recreation ground at St Ive Cross. In the 2015 general election he stood for the Green Party in South East Cornwall, more than trebling the number of votes for the party.
Tom Scott, Press Officer, Mid and East Cornwall Green Party