Green Party Candidates in Mid Suffolk for Suffolk County Council Elections

 Our candidates

Hartismere   Stuart Masters
Stowmarket North & Stowupland Keith Welham 
Thedwastre North       Andy Mellen
Thredling                Helen Bridgeman 
Upper Gipping         Andrew Stringer 
Suffolk Police Commissioner Andy Patmore









 Keith Welham

  • Green candidate for Suffolk County Council elections May 2021 for Stowmarket North, including Cedars Park, Stowuplans and Creeting St Peter.

  • Born in Stowupland; attended schools in Stowupland and Stowmarket. He now lives in Stowupland.

  • Retired in 2010 after 40 years working in highway engineering, traffic management, road safety and school travel planning.

  • Parish Councillor since 2002; serving twice as Chairman.

  • District Councillor since 2015; Chairman of Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

  • Member of Suffolk Police and Crime Panel and the East Suffolk Internal Drainage Board.

  • Keen to ensure that providing open space and leisure facilities keep pace with the rapid growth of housing locally.

Keith was first elected to Mid Suffolk District Council in May 2015 representing Stowupland and Creeting St Peter. He was re-elected in 2019 representing the new Ward of Haughley, Stowupland & Wetherden (including Old Newton & Dagworth with Gipping). Keith is a member of the Green and Liberal Democrat Group at the District Council.

He has been Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee since May 2019. He is a Mid Suffolk representative on the Suffolk Police and Crime Panel and the East Suffolk Internal Drainage Board.

Keith retired in 2010 after 40 years working in highway engineering, traffic management, road safety and school travel planning. He has been a member of Stowupland Parish Council for nearly 20 years and has served two stints as Chairman and is a Good Neighbour volunteer.

He was born in Stowupland and attended schools in Stowupland and Stowmarket. Keith is a keen advocate of Public Transport, maintenance of our Public Right of Way network and improvement of pedestrian and cycle routes.

He is working to ensure that providing open space provision and local leisure facilities keep pace with the rapid growth of housing locally and is keen to secure sustainable and affordable housing for local people, including provision for first time renters and buyers, and smaller properties for residents wishing to downsize.

Andy Mellen

Andy Mellen is the Green candidate for Thedwastre North division on Suffolk County Council, the elections to be held in May 2021.

He was elected as a Mid-Suffolk District Councillor for Bacton ward in 2019, previous to that he had been on Wyverstone Parish Council for over ten years, including a spell as chairman.

Andy is married to Liz, a potter, and they have three grown-up children. As well as his Council responsibilities, he runs a smallholding based in Wyverstone, with a small flock of sheep, an orchard of over 200 fruit trees and a market garden.  In 2009 he founded the Wyverstone Community Cafe, a local food hub which ran for ten years and has inspired other similar ventures in the area.

Andy's career has been mostly in farming, but has also included six years voluntary work in Africa, teaching in Nigeria and later managing food aid distributions in Malawi.  A Christian, he is churchwarden at St George's, Wyverstone. His book on the energy crisis No Oil in the Lamp was published in 2013.  He studied at Writtle agricultural college and later gained a Master's degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development from Imperial College.

Proud of his Suffolk roots, Andy says, "I want people to wake up to the looming environmental crisis - but I believe that many of the measures we need to take to combat climate change will improve our lives:  Better insulated homes, improved connectivity for walking, cycling and public transport and more resilient communities. We need that vision of a better future in order to drive change today. The Covid pandemic, though terrible, is also an opportunity for us to reset how we live and safeguard the Suffolk our children will inherit"

Andrew Stringer

  • Elected for Mendlesham Ward in 2003, the first ever elected Green Party councillor in Suffolk
  • County Councillor for Upper Gipping since 2009
  • Mid Suffolk resident all his life, married to Sarah, with two adult children Alice and Jacob
  • At the forefront of campaigns such as fly-tipping clearance, re-establishing NHS dentists, bus services, post offices, affordable social housing, making local voices heard in planning decisions, and many more
  • Has led several political groups as a serving councillor, including Suffolk County Council Lib Dem, Green & Independent Group 2018/19, and District Council Green Group for 12 years
  • Motivated by a love of Suffolk, his passion that communities be self-reliant and resilient, and his belief in a strong independent Green voice to ensure the county has both a financially and environmentally sustainable future

The first ever elected Green Party District Councillor in Suffolk, Andrew was elected in the Mendlesham Ward back in 2003.

He has been re-elected in 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019 with a majority over all other parties.

Andrew has been a Suffolk County Councillor since 2009, and has lead a group of 12 Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent councillors.

At the District Council Represents

Mendlesham, Rishangles, Thorndon and Wetheringsett-cum-Brockford.

More information on Andrew Stringer

Since being elected in 2003, as the first ever Elected Green Party Councillor in Suffolk, Andrew has been at the forefront of many campaigns. From clearing up fly-tipping and litter to re-establishing local services, NHS Dentists, Bus Services, Post Offices, Affordable Social Housing, Making local voices heard in Planning Decisions and much more.

Andrew has lived in Mid Suffolk all his life, has a wife Sarah & two children, Alice, Primary School Teacher and Jacob, a History and Politics graduate, both attended their local schools, making them the third generation of the family to do so

Andrew has over the years led many political groups as a serving councillor, including in 2018/2019 leading the Lib Dem, Green & Independent group at Suffolk County Council, after serving as leader of the Green Group at the District Council for over 12 years.

Andrew is proud of his achievements as a councillor; driven from a love of the County he lives in and a passion that communities be self-reliant and resilient. A strong Independent Green voice to ensure Suffolk has both a financially and an environmentally sustainable future

Andrew believes that you only need three qualifications to be a Councillor; you need to first be able to Read, second be able Write (even if it is texts at times) and third, you need to care about People. Because if you care about people you will use those other skills to help them.

Mid Suffolk District Council's Councillor Page:

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Stuart Masters

  • Green Party candidate for Hartismere in Suffolk County Council elections, May 2021, from Walsham-le-Willows in the West, to Oakley in the East.
  • Studied at UEA, Norwich, and worked in central government before training to become a teacher.
  • Over fifteen years of experience working in the public sector as both an employee and a contractor.
  • Now, as a self-employed musician and educator, he understands the demands on small businesses and start-ups, particularly in light of the pandemic.
  • Having worked in education for over ten years, from Primary schools through to Further Education establishments, he recognises the pressures put on schools and parents and values equal opportunities in education as being the backbone of a fairer society.
  • An active member of the community, he has been a parent governor in a local school for the last two years.
  • Passionately supports the NHS and recognises the need to improve access to both physical and mental health services.
  • Believes that investing locally and improving public transport links and cycle routes creates happy, healthy and sustainable communities.
  • Understands the importance of listening to the views of residents, above all, with regard to appropriate new housing developments. New, sustainable housing should always strengthen the community, not create tensions.

Helen Bridgeman

  • Lived in Coddenham from 2013 and moved to Debenham in 2020 with her young daughter who attends a local school.
  • Has a degree in Law and postgraduate diploma in legal practice.  Helen has worked for law firms involved with human rights and environmental matters. She currently freelances from home as a court transcriber.
  • Loves gardening and being actively involved in environmental campaigning.  Joined the Green Party because of its focus on protection of the planet, social and environmental justice and animal welfare.
  • Co-founder of the group Stowmarket Eco Future which brings local people together on projects to make positive changes environmentally and protect natural assets and wildlife locally, with current campaigns including tree planting, tree conservation and litter picking.

Helen says:  "I'm pleased to stand as a Green Party candidate and to give members of my local community the opportunity to vote Green.  In my view, the Conservative-led councils have made some poor decisions on behalf of the public, staff and pensioners. For example, the pension committee investing millions in fossil fuels, despite warnings from the Governor of the Bank of England about the risk of stranded assets and the District and County’s shared ambition to be the greenest county. More Green Party councillors are needed in order to challenge such decisions, to ensure greater accountability and improved protection of our environment, and to allow ourselves and the younger generation the chance of a good quality of life into the future."

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