Green elec­tion can­di­date named

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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