In May 2014, for the first time, we stood a full slate of candidates (17 in total) in the local elections. Across Cumbria the Green Party fielded more candidates than the Lib Dems and UKIP.
We intend to have a full complement of candidates for the 2015 local elections, which will be held on the same day as the General Election – Thursday 7 May 2015.
We’ll include details of candidates here when this has been confirmed, but the South Lakeland District wards up for election in 2015 are:
A copy of our 2014 local manifesto is available here.
Chris Loynes is the Candidate for Westmorland and Lonsdale Constituency in the 2015 General Election.
"I moved to the South Lakes 30 years ago. Originally I came to work for The Brathay Trust as a youth worker at their residential centre outside Ambleside. Since then I have set up and run a social enterprise supporting the outdoor education field locally and nationally and, lately, I've become a lecturer in Outdoor Studies at the University of Cumbria. I also work as an educational advisor for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. My two grown up children now live in London and Japan where I also have three grandchildren.
Recently I became a trustee of the social enterprise set up to manage community assets in Ulverston. I also volunteer with Ford Park in Ulverston and a European network for Outdoor Educators.
I have been an activist and green campaigner all my adult life. I joined the Green Party in 2008 when Caroline Lucas became the leader and their policies across the board became more prominent. I am concerned about the economic and social as well as environmental issues we face under the neo-liberal trends encouraged by the centrist parties.
The biggest challenge for our civilisation over the next generation is to mitigate the effects of our impacts on the planet including climate change. We need to alter every policy so that everything we do in some way prevents the worst devastation that climate change may bring. And I believe we can do this in a way that also creates a better quality of life. We have to be capable of better than this!
I believe that we can create a sustainable environment and a quality of life for the future shared with other people and other species which does not pollute or destroy our planet. At the same time we can do this by restoring and enhancing democracy globally, nationally and locally. We should invest in modern technologies and infrastructure for the future, give power and a voice to local communities, and promote strong efficient public services and local businesses which give an equal quality service to everyone."