The Green MP candidate for Cambridge, Rupert Read, was joined today by Tony Juniper, leading environmentalist and ex-director of Friends of the Earth, to launch the party’s local manifesto which called for a “real future” for Cambridge.
Focusing on the key issues of transport and health, the manifesto sets out radical, yet achievable, Green solutions for local issues that will be put to the public ahead of May’s elections, in which Green candidates will be fighting every council seat.
Tony Juniper was the Green candidate for Cambridge in the 2010 election and achieved the third best result for the party across the country. Today he announced he was pleased to be ‘handing the baton’ to Dr Rupert Read.
Rupert is a fantastic candidate and a dedicated campaigner. He is a man of the greatest integrity and is certain to inspire many people across Cambridge.
The local manifesto includes plans to re-vitalise local democracy in the city. Transport will also be a key part of the campaign. The party’s acclaimed transport plan for Cambridge includes proposals (under the strapline ‘Getting Cambridge moving’) to champion cycling and walking in the city as well as using innovative ideas to improve public transport and reduce congestion.
Nationally, the Green Party is seeking to offer an alternative to the privatisation and austerity narrative of the other parties, which according to Rupert Read have been “undermining the NHS and public services”.
Launching the local manifesto to members of the public and local supporters, Dr Read called for an end to ‘tactical voting’ and said:
If you have ever considered voting Green, if you like most of the public you agree with our policies, now is the time to make that count and vote for what you believe in. The Green Party has a real chance of winning here and with it can create a fairer and better Cambridge.