Green election candidate named
THE Green party has picked its candidate to run for the Macclesfield seat in the next General Election.
Joan Plimmer, 49, will bid to become MP for the Macclesfield constituency, which has been held by Conservative David Rutley since 2010.
She will also contend for the seat, which has been Tory since 1918, against Labour’s candidate Tim Roca.
Ms Plimmer said: “I have long been interested in green issues and social justice and I am thoroughly disillusioned with the current two-anda-half party system.”
Ms Plimmer was born in Manchester and raised in Stockport. She has lived in Disley for 20 years with her husband and they have three teenage children.
She worked in the civil service for many years and is currently a tax senior for a firm of accountants in Stockport.
Ms Plimmer has a degree in history at Manchester University among other qualifications.
Ms Plimmer said: “I believe that constant global striving for growth uses up our resources of energy, water and minerals just to keep the system going. This causes financial inequality and shortages which unleash public unrest, cross border conflicts and mass migration.
“I have recently been campaigning against TTIP, an international treaty being largely negotiated in secret, that will allow large corporations to ride roughshod over individual countries’ laws if they interfere with their profits.
“I have also campaigned against the unnecessary airport road which will obliterate ancient woodland and wildlife in Poynton and Woodford and increase traffic and pollution in those areas and also High Lane and Disley, a problem already causing suffering to the health of residents.”
Ms Plimmer will also campaign for improvements to public transport.