Cornwall Green Party launches election campaign in Truro
Cornwall Green Party launched its general election campaign in Truro today, with the message: “Yes, this is a Brexit election. But even more crucially, it’s a climate election. If ever there was a time to vote Green, that time is now.”
The five Green candidates running for Cornwall constituencies gathered at Boscawen Park in Truro, chosen because – as a low-lying area next to a tidal river – it’s extremely vulnerable to the rising sea levels and flooding that threaten so many of Cornwall’s coastal communities. And they stressed that they aim to keep the accelerating climate emergency front and centre of this election campaign in Cornwall.
Introducing his four fellow candidates, Tom Scott, the party’s candidate for Truro and Falmouth, said:
“Devastating flooding in Northern England and the Midlands, with thousands of ruined homes and livelihoods. Large parts of California, Australia and the Amazon rainforest ablaze. Venice under water. To see why this has to be a climate election, just turn on the news.
“Only the Green Party has the joined-up policies to really tackle the scale of this crisis. If we’re going to get to net-zero carbon in the very short time we now have to do this, we need action on the scale seen in the 1940s when we were threatened by Nazi invasion. We need to transform our entire economy, and to put carbon reduction at the heart of everything our government does.
“That’s why the Green Party is saying we need to spend £100 billion a year on a massive programme of home insulation and renewable energy. That’s why we’re saying cancel HS2 and new road building, and use the money to provide cheap or free public transport that can actually get people out their cars. And that’s why yesterday our co-leader Jonathan Bartley proposed the creation of a new, key ministerial post – a Carbon Chancellor, tasked with overseeing this transformation.
“In this and many other areas, it’s bold thinking by the Green Party that is setting the agenda we so desperately need for a viable future.”
The Green Party candidates running in Cornwall are:
- Camborne & Redruth: Karen La Borde. A former company director, Karen is one of Cornwall’s most tireless and effective climate campaigners. Her hard-hitting presentations have helped persuade numerous town and parish councils to declare climate emergencies over the past few months.
- St Austell & Newquay: Collin Harker. Collin runs a small business in Tywardreath. The founding director of a Community Benefit Society that has taken over a devolved athletics track and playing fields in Par, he works to promote active and healthy lifestyles in his community.
- St Ives: Ian Flindall. Ian runs an award-winning sustainable farm at Morvah with his family. He has also worked in renewables and energy conservation, and has been a director of West Cornwall Community Power.
- South-East Cornwall: Martha Green. Martha is a legal practitioner specialising in asylum cases, human rights and support for victims of modern slavery and human trafficking. She has also initiated and hosted events celebrating diversity and women’s rights in Cornwall.
- Truro & Falmouth: Tom Scott. Tom is a lecturer who has been a prominent anti-Brexit campaigner with Cornwall for Europe over the last three years. Earlier this year he wrote a major report on abuses of social media during the 2016 referendum that was presented at both the House of Commons and the European Parliament.