Saturday, 13 April 2013

Full slate of Maidstone Candidates in County Council Elections

13th April 2013
Maidstone Green Party has a full slate of candidates, standing candidates in each seat across Maidstone in the elections on May 2nd.

Stuart Jeffery, Maidstone Central candidate: "We are challenging the rather miserable vision of hopelessness and austerity presented to voters by other parties. We are a rich country and the other parties pretend we are poor, continuing to support cuts and low pay for most people - as if ordinary people were to blame for the long recession.

"Our manifesto can be seen as being covered by three themes, the economy, transport and the environment.

"We want to see real improvements in the quality of our economy. We will create jobs – real jobs in industries that we urgently need, public transport, energy efficiency, insulation, sustainable farming, renewable energy, education. We will tackling poverty with a  living wage and 10:1 wage ratio in KCC.

"We will improve the quality of travel in Kent with 20mph limits where people live. We will make it the socially acceptable speed to drive in residential areas. We will investing in public transport, walking and cycling, making them the first choice for travel.

"We will tackle air pollution from roads that kills 700 people each year in Kent. We will improving the quality of the environment, conserving and enhancing the natural environment for tourism, forestry and biodiversity - for future generations and we will protecting green spaces, farmland and woodland – spaces such as Oaken Wood."
    Our candidates are:

    Maidstone Central (1):     Stuart JEFFERY
    Maidstone Central (2):     Wendy LEWIS
    Maidstone North East:     Andrew WALDIE
    Maidstone Rural East:      Penny KEMP
    Maidstone Rural North:   Ciaran OLIVER
    Maidstone Rural South:    Robin KINDRADE
    Maidstone South:            Ashley WAKELING
    Maidstone South East:     Steve MUGGERIDGE

    1. More than 1200 people are paid less than £7.45 per hour while 5 staff are paid over £74.50 and almost 500 paid over £25 per hour.
    2. 70 to 80% of people back 20mph limits 
    3. 29,000 deaths directly attributable to air pollution from traffic each year across UK - Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants – and 200,000 suffer the effects.

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