Cornwall’s Green Party today announced that it has selected general election candidates for every constituency in Cornwall.
- Camborne & Redruth: Karen La Borde
- North Cornwall: Claire Hewlett
- St Austell & Newquay: Collin Harker
- St Ives: Ian Flindall
- South-East Cornwall: Martha Green
- Truro & Falmouth: Tom Scott
Cornwall Greens’ co-coordinator Philippa Purchase said:
“We’re delighted to have such a strong and diverse group of candidates to represent the Green Party at the next general election. Between them, they draw on a wide range of professional and campaigning experience – in farming, education, business, citizens’ advocacy, community engagement and environmental activism.
“The Green Party achieved its best ever result in Cornwall at the euro elections in May, beating both the Conservatives and the Labour Party by very wide margins. Our clear position on Brexit and our strong call for radical action to address the climate emergency cut through with many voters. Since then, disillusionment with the parties that have got us into this mess has only grown, as has the appeal of a party with bold policies that can get us out of it. We’re confident that this will be reflected again at the next general election. Whenever it comes, we will be ready for it!”
Two of the candidates, Tom Scott (Truro & Falmouth) and Karen La Borde (Camborne & Redruth) were also candidates as the euro elections.
Tom Scott is a lecturer who has been a prominent anti-Brexit campaigner 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, and his anti-Brexit versions of sea shanties and People’s Vote Trelawny have been sung by hundreds of Cornish protesters at Westminster as well as in Cornwall.
With a background as a company director running her own successful business, Karen La Borde, is one of Cornwall’s most tireless and effective climate campaigners. She is a parish councillor, and her hard-hitting presentations have helped persuade numerous town and parish councils to declare climate emergencies over the past few months.
Standing for North Cornwall, Claire Hewlett is a town councillor and currently Mayor of Camelford. She has worked hard for her local community – as a school governor, treasurer of the local youth club, and as a founding trustee of The Old Bank, a charity that runs a disused bank as a community space. Claire has also campaigned for Camelford to be declared an Air Quality Management Area, and led the successful delivery of a new skate park for the town.
Ian Flindall, standing for St Ives, 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.
Martha Green (South East Cornwall) 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.
Canadian-born Collin Harker (St Austell & Newquay) runs a guest house in Tywardreath. He is the founding director of a Community Benefit Society that has taken over a devolved athletics track and playing fields in Par, and works to promote active and healthy lifestyles in his community.
Tom Scott – Truro & Falmouth and Cornwall Greens Media Officer
Karen La Borde – Camborne & Redruth
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Martha Green – South East Cornwall
Claire Hewlett – North Cornwall
Ian Flindall – St Ives
Collin Harker – St Austell & Newquay
PHOTO: Green Party candidates for Cornwall, left to right:
Martha Green, Collin Harker, Karen La Borde, Tom Scott, Claire Hewlett, Ian Flindall