4 November 2014
The Green Party has selected Helen Geake, an archaeologist well-known from 6 years on TV Channel 4's Time Team, as its candidate for the Bury St Edmunds constituency currently held by David Ruffley.
Unlike all the shortlisted Conservative candidates, Helen is local. She has lived in the constituency for the past 14 years and her children go to school there.
Helen said: "Being an archaeologist helps me take the long view and I can see the effect of human activity on our environment across thousands of years. The long view of history also shows how inequalities have blighted the lives of many, and allows us to use past experience to build a better world with fairness and prosperity for everyone."
"I decided to stand for the Green Party because as a parent I have also become increasingly conscious of the future, and the state of the world we will hand on to our descendants."
Helen was a member of the ruling council of Rescue (the UK’s only independent campaigning organisation for the archaeological environment) from 1998 to 2003. In her home village of Woolpit she led a successful campaign to prevent the demolition of Woolpit Methodist Chapel, now being converted to housing. From 2003 to 2005 she also advised and helped draw up a report on the state of British archaeology for the All-Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group.
The Bury St Edmunds constituency includes much of Mid Suffolk District where the Green-led group outnumber Labour, Lib Dem and UKIP councillors, as well as the town of Bury, half of which has elected Green county and borough councillors.
Helen's selection comes as Suffolk Green Party aims to take advantage of a surge in support nationally and locally. Membership nationally has soared by a third in the past few months to 30,000 across Britain (23,000 members in England and Wales plus 7,000 in Scotland) and membership in Suffolk has jumped by the same proportion. Meanwhile two national opinion polls in the last week have put the Green vote at the general election ahead of the Liberal Democrats.
Meetings & Events
Followed by talk on Extinction Rebellion by Rupert Read
Monday 25th Feb at Cafe 52
Monday 25th March at Cafe 52
- Mid Suffolk meetings generally held at Cafe 52, Crowe Street, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1DL
- Meetings occasionally held in Woolpit, Eye, Stowupland and Needham Market.
All Members and well-wishers welcome.