On this page you can find out our arrangements for any upcoming elections – national or local – and see who our candidates are.
We are ready to stand in a General Election in:
- Truro and Falmouth
- St Ives
If you haven’t yet registered to vote – do it now!
We, like all political parties, are preparing for the possibility of a snap general election in winter/spring 2019. If you are not already registered to vote, it’s really important you do it as soon as you can. If you would find it difficult to get to a polling station, register for a postal vote.
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.