As Mac­cles­field pre­pares to go to the polls in what is be­ing billed as the most im­por­tant Gen­eral Elec­tion in a gen­er­a­tion, the Ex­press to­day gives the five can­di­dates a chance to tell our read­ers why they be­lieve they de­serve your vote. We asked James Bo

Macclesfield Express - - GENERAL ELECTION 2017 - JAMES BOOTH, GREEN PARTY

I AM stand­ing for the Green Party in this elec­tion be­cause I am pas­sion­ate about the en­vi­ron­ment and an­i­mal wel­fare, and be­cause I want a fairer and more equal so­ci­ety for all.

The Green Party’s vi­sion is of a more equal so­ci­ety, and an econ­omy which puts less pres­sure on the en­vi­ron­ment and makes peo­ple’s lives less stressed.

I feel that it is time for us all to stand up and make a dif­fer­ence.

We can see stag­ger­ing in­equal­ity here in Mac­cles­field. There are peo­ple who need to use food banks be­cause of Govern­ment pol­icy, liv­ing a few miles from the mil­lion­aires of Prest­bury. Pay, tax and ben­e­fits all need to be fairer.

There are also big en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges. We must save the green belt from the at­tacks of the de­vel­op­ers. We do need more hous­ing, but not the lux­ury homes we see be­ing built, and not at the ex­pense of the nat­u­ral world and its var­ied habi­tats.

An­other chal­lenge is HS2, which will dev­as­tate ar­eas of the coun­try­side and do noth­ing to make jour­neys to Lon­don from Mac­cles­field any speed­ier. We sim­ply don’t need it.

As for an­i­mal wel­fare, I will vote against the re­turn of the bar­baric prac­tice of fox hunt­ing if it is put be­fore Par­lia­ment. 84% of the pub­lic will sup­port me.

On Brexit, we be­lieve that the Bri­tish peo­ple should have the chance to vote on the fi­nal deal. If they don’t like it, they should have the op­tion to re­main in the EU af­ter all.

I have lived in the lo­cal area for over 30 years, and work as a bar­ris­ter. I am a trustee of St Michael’s Church and the as­sis­tant man­ager of lo­cal foot­ball team, St Peter’s.

I would be hon­oured to be elected to take us into the fu­ture.

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