The campaign to elect Stuart Jeffery as MP for Canterbury and Whitstable was officially launched today (20th November) by the Leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett at an event in Canterbury.
Around 40 local supporters attended the event where Green Party candidate, Stuart Jeffery, set out why there is a real opportunity for a Green win in Canterbury in 2015.
Stuart Jeffery, Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Canterbury and Whitstable: "In five and a half months we will be part of the most exciting election that I have ever known. Here in Canterbury we have the chance to elect me as Kent’s first Green MP.
"In this year’s European parliamentary elections we achieved 14% of the vote in the constituency and a huge 18% in Canterbury itself. This was far ahead of the Lib Dem and neck and neck with Labour. Labour are not targeting Canterbury, the constituency doesn’t appear on their target list.
"We know we can win here but we have to let people know. Two weeks ago I launched a crowdfunding initiative to raise money for a Green newspaper for every home in the constituency. Within a week, I had hit my target of £1000.
"We know that we have the best policies of any party. Whether it is holding the bankers to account for the fall in living standards since 2008 rather than the immigrants or being the only party opposed to fracking, being the only party calling for the renationalisation of our railways, being the only party opposed to TTIP, the only party that opposed to privatisation of the NHS, the only party fighting for a more equal society or being the only party that gets the environment, it is our policies have been shown repeatedly to be the most sensible and most popular with the public.
"So, we can win and we will win. Next year, Canterbury and Whitstable will have a Green MP one who puts people and the planet at the heart of his politics."