27 September 2019
The political party most committed to addressing the climate crisis has announced its candidates to contest all seven Suffolk seats at the next general election.
The Green Party has selected its candidates for the county and is gearing up to put forward its policies as and when a general election is called.
Among those Greens standing are current county councillors, district councillors and some who stood at the last Westminster election, in 2017.
Bury St Edmunds is set to be a focus for the party as Mid Suffolk District Council, which sits within the constituency, now has the highest proportion of Green Party councillors of any district council in the country.
Helen Geake, who will again try to wrest the constituency from the Tories, said:
“I’m delighted and honoured to be chosen for this chance to represent citizens across Bury, Stowmarket and villages in between.
“National politicians are failing us, and this area really needs a Green voice to stand up for it and someone willing to listen to local people, not toe the big-party line.”
Amelia Womack, the party’s deputy leader, is eager for the Greens to build on their strong showing at polls earlier this year. She said:
“It is great to see how the Green Party will fill candidates in all the seven seats of Suffolk.
“It is only by selecting and filling candidates in all the UK constituencies that we can build on the ‘Green Wave’ seen at the local and European elections.
“From stopping Brexit to tackling climate chaos the Green Party offers the only way forward for a fairer and greener society.
“Our priorities recognise how in a climate emergency we cannot wait any longer and need to take radical measures.
“Voting for the Green Party is a vote for ensuring the present of our planet and making sure that we will be able to enjoy it in the future as well.”
Helen Geake – Bury St Edmunds
Helen Geake has lived in the constituency for 19 years, the last 17 of them in Woolpit.
She works part-time as an archaeologist for the Portable Antiquities Scheme, which records archaeological finds made by members of the public – and for six years she was part of Channel 4's Time Team.
Helen joined the Green Party in 2013 and first stood for Parliament in 2015. In 2017 the Bury St Edmunds Green vote was the 12th highest nationwide.
In 2019 she was elected to Mid Suffolk District Council, taking the ward of Elmswell & Woolpit from the Conservatives.
Helen’s three children are all at school in the constituency, and she has been a key part of the campaign against school bus cuts.
She has also worked with Extinction Rebellion to raise consciousness about the climate and biodiversity crisis.
Her other interests include transport, housing and planning policy, and post-growth economics.
Robert Lindsay – South Suffolk
Robert Lindsay is a Suffolk County Councillor, representing 18 villages in South Suffolk including Lavenham. He is also leader of the Green group of four councillors on Babergh District Council.
He was elected to Babergh council in the ward of North West Cosford in May with a vote share of 70%. He lives in Bildeston with his wife and two boys.
In the 2019 local elections, the Green Party won 23% of the vote across the Babergh district, which makes up most of the South Suffolk constituency. This was the second largest vote share after the Conservatives and the Green Party is the second largest political party on the council after the Conservatives.
He was formerly a journalist for national newspapers including The Times. Earlier this year he, together with Green county councillor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw, persuaded the county to declare a climate emergency with a goal to cut carbon emissions to zero by 2030.
He is also a strong advocate of cycling, walking and buses and has spearheaded the campaign to save Sudbury’s water meadows from a threatened bypass, advocated by Conservative MP James Cartlidge.
Dan Pratt – Central Suffolk & North Ipswich
Dan Pratt has lived in the constituency for 16 years, the last three of them in Offton, near Ipswich. He works part-time as a teacher of geography for a local secondary school, and recently as a coastal ecologist.
His work at New Zealand’s Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research contributed to our understanding of how our land-based activities have impacted biodiversity and long-term functioning of coastal ecosystems.
Dan joined the Green Party in 2017 and is standing for Parliament for the first time. In 2019 he was elected to Mid Suffolk District Council, holding the ward of Battisford & Ringshall from the Conservatives.
As a teacher, Dan is keen to promote the teaching of natural history in schools whereby students learn about the environment through first-hand experience.
Locally, Dan has campaigned against the Ipswich Northern Route, and the inaction of national and local government to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises.
His other interests include sustainable housebuilding and planning policy, and the ecology of “re-wilding”.
Donald Allwright – West Suffolk
Donald Allwright was born in Dorset but has lived in Haverhill for four years, having lived in the Cambridge area since 1990.
He has spent most of his career working as a software developer, currently in the telecommunications industry.
Since school he has taken an interest in social justice and environmental issues around the world, and was fortunate enough to be able to spend a student summer working on a volunteer social project in Mexico City.
He decided to join the Green Party in 2015 and first stood in West Suffolk for election to the Westminster Parliament in 2017.
Donald has a particular interest in transport and renewable energy and, having worked in technology, is keen to see it used to tackle some of our pressing environmental issues such as the climate crisis and sustainable transport.
He is also keen on outdoor activities including cycling, hillwalking and caving.
Rachel Smith-Lyte – Suffolk Coastal
Rachel Smith-Lyte attended Farlingaye High School, in Woodbridge, and has since worked in London and in the Far East teaching street kids, for an environmental conservation charity in Norwich and Ipswich, and in HR for a local authority.
A long-time green activist, including with Greenpeace and Extinction Rebellion, she says: “I realised that with the looming climate and biodiversity crisis I needed to get involved politically also, and there has only ever been one party who takes these issues seriously.”
A member of the Green Party since 2011, she has stood three times in local elections including in the 2015 General Election, gaining 5.9% of the vote share.
This May she secured her first seat on the new East Suffolk Council – the first Green to be elected in the old Suffolk Coastal district.
Rachel is passionate about protecting the area’s natural environment from inappropriate development. Her other interests include sustainable transport, housing and planning policy and a post-growth society.
Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw – Waveney
Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw lives in the Waveney constituency, in the market town of Beccles, with her husband and two children, both of whom attend local schools, and she takes an active part in the local community.
Elfrede represents Beccles, Worlingham, North Cove and Barnby on the county and district councils, taking both seats from Conservatives.
She served as Mayor of Beccles for 2018/2019 and is currently deputy leader of the Lib-Dem, Green and Independent Group at Suffolk County Council.
Elfrede was instrumental in persuading the county to declare a climate emergency and will sit on the policy development panel to take this further.
She is keen to promote policy which makes lives better and mitigates climate change, including better public transport, safe towns for pedestrians, good cycling infrastructure, support for local food production and the protection and increase of green spaces.
Elfrede graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2005 with a degree in Modern History and Politics. She has previously worked in the education department at Norwich Castle and until 2016 had her own business in Beccles.
Barry Broom – Ipswich
Barry Broom believes that everyone should work hard every day to make the world a better place for everyone.
He was educated in Ipswich, at Northgate High School, and went on to study at the universities of Essex and De Montfort.
Barry is a self-employed IT professional, having worked for multi-national corporations, tradesmen and everything in between.
He has volunteered many thousands of hours helping local schools, libraries, children’s centres and litter picking streets.
The parliamentary candidate for Ipswich in 2015, Barry has cycled to work for the last ten years and loves the variety and beauty of the natural world.
He feels we must consider the impact of every action we take to preserve planet Earth for future generations.
Meetings & Events
Café 52. Stowmarket
Refreshments from 7pm
Speaker 8.15pm - Catherine Rowett MEP
She will be visiting Stowmarket at the end of a busy session in Strasbourg. She will be talking about what it is like to be an MEP, how we can work with Greens in Europe in the future and how we can cut through the Brexit mess and take some positive messages from the EU.
All Green members and supporters are welcome.
- Mid Suffolk meetings generally held at Cafe 52, Crowe Street, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1DL
- Meetings occasionally held in Woolpit, Eye, Walsham le Willows, Stowupland, Needham Market and other villages.
All Members and well-wishers welcome.