13 May 2017
The Croydon Green Party has launched its election campaign and announced the candidates chosen to stand in the three Croydon seats.
Croydon North – Peter Underwood
Peter lives in Croydon and currently manages the Croydon office of a national environment conservation charity. Peter works with local volunteers and community groups to look after our parks, woodlands, and greenspaces. Prior to this Peter spent many years working in the civil service, including a period writing speeches for former Croydon North MP Malcolm Wicks when he was a minister in the Department for Work and Pensions. Peter is an active member of the Croydon Friends of the Earth group and co-chair of the Croydon & Sutton Green Party.
Peter said “I’ve lived in Croydon for over fifteen years. I’ve seen how we’ve been treated by local politicians and I honestly believe that Croydon deserves better. The people of Croydon North deserve an MP who will always work in their best interests, providing a proper opposition to damaging government ideas and fighting for a better world for all of us.”
Croydon Central – Tracey Hague
Tracey is Croydon born and bred and lives with her partner and two sons in Addiscombe. Tracey is a founding member of the Friends of Addiscombe Railway Park, a Beaver Leader (Scout Association) and a qualified Project Manager in the energy and buildings sector. Tracey was an active member of Stop The Incinerator campaign and has stood for the Green Party at Council, London, and European elections.
Tracey said “People are crying out for a new kind of politics. Everyone is fed up of the country being run for the benefit of bankers, media moguls, and property developers. Only the Green Party is working for the benefit of everyone: tackling inequality, filthy air, a struggling transport network and a broken housing system.”
Croydon South – Catherine Shelley
Catherine grew up in a household where serving the community, through guiding, sport, music and care for the environment was at the heart of family life. Catherine has continued that tradition having been a local councillor in Brighton for four years, as a self-supporting minister in the Church of England and in her professional life as a lawyer. Catherine currently works as a charities and education lawyer with Lee Bolton Monier Williams Solicitors in Westminster. She works with community groups, including many churches and schools, to develop their buildings and resources for greater community use. Catherine is also and co-chair of the Croydon & Sutton Green Party.
Catherine said “Recent governments have not delivered a society that works for everyone; we need a fresh vision. I believe that vision, backed by serious policies, comes from the Green Party. I have served as a councillor in Brighton, I am a part-time CofE minister and I work as a charity lawyer. I believe I can match vision with action.”