Green Party select parliamentary candidate for Stroud

Environmental consultant and social-enterprise director Chris Jockel has been chosen as the Green Party's parliamentary candidate for Stroud   (9801009)

Environmental consultant and social-enterprise director Chris Jockel has been chosen as the Green Party's parliamentary candidate for Stroud (9801009)

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THE Stroud and District Green Party has announced its parliamentary candidate for the 2015 General Election.

Environmental and sustainability consultant Chris Jockel will contest the Stroud constituency after being selected by fellow Green Party members.

A resident of the Stroud District for around 25 years, Mr Jockel lives in Eastcombe and works for a global certification and verification company that helps businesses control risk and improve performance.

The father of five is likely to be regarded as a rank outsider for the seat, with history and recent polls suggesting the race for the constituency will be dominated by the clash between current Tory MP Neil Carmichael and Labour’s parliamentary candidate David Drew.

According to a July survey commissioned by Lord Ashcroft, the Green Party is polling just 11 per cent of the vote in Stroud – the same as UKIP – while Labour and the Conservatives are well ahead on 41 per cent and 30 per cent respectively.

In his bid to upset the odds, however, Mr Jockel, a director of the Stroud-based social enterprise Creative Sustainability (CIC), can draw inspiration from the recent election of his party colleague and former SDC councillor Molly Scott Cato to the European Parliament.

Speaking from Brussels Dr Scott Cato, who was elected in May, said: “The results from the Euro-elections demonstrated that in the Stroud constituency it's a four-way split.

“My election and the election of Caroline Lucas in Brighton show that Greens can win national elections.

“It's now time to vote for a candidate who will fight for a fair economy, decent work, pay and housing as well as protect the environment on which ultimately all our wealth is dependent."

Her rallying cry was echoed by John Marjoram, who warned the local Labour Party that it could not count on Green supporters voting tactically next May to prevent a Conservative victory.

“Obviously the Labour Party expect the Greens to vote for them but they must recognise that we are a separate party and that our votes are not for sale,” said Cllr Marjoram.

“Unlike the Labour Party, for us fracking and the renewal of Trident is completely out of the question.”

However, speaking last week, former Labour MP David Drew said the reality was that the contest would be between himself and Neil Carmichael and that a vote for the Greens or the Lib Dems could lead to a Conservative hold.

But in an appeal to voters to consider voting for an alternative to the mainstream parties, Green Party district councillor Simon Pickering said: “Chris Jockel offers a fresh voice for the residents of Stroud District.

“Chris will promote policies for real change for the common good; decent pay and housing, real local democracy, a vibrant, dynamic and sustainable local economy focused on new, small to medium enterprises and innovation, community energy, local food and liveable urban and rural communities.”

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12:43pm Fri 29 Aug 14

joyus1uk says...

How interesting Green Party politics is. I read John Marjorams comment that " the local Labour Party.... could not count on Green supporters voting tactically next May to prevent a Conservative victory." How strange then that on several occasions I have heard Councillor Marjoram openly express support for David Drew and on one public occasion shout out support for Ed Milliband. Perhaps John is viewing the world through the "rose tinted spectacles " that new love brings. Typical though of the Green Party to say one thing and do another. But when have they actually done anything. Doorstep canvassing in the recent SDC Valley Ward by-election showed just how little constituency work was undertaken by the last incumbent who has now escaped Stroud and the talking shop that is Green Party politics. The Green Party talk a good deal but do little to act. No doubt Molly Scott-Cato will soon become the EUs representative in Stroud rather than the South West representative in the EU Parliament, a model that Neil Carmichael has perfected in Westminster. John own up you know David Drew is the real deal and will represent Stroud in Westminster.You also know when push comes to shove the Green Party will not win the seat in 2015 no matter which way you try to manipulate the voting figures to make your point. My guestimate for May 2015 is 1850 votes anybody else up for the challenge?
How interesting Green Party politics is. I read John Marjorams comment that " the local Labour Party.... could not count on Green supporters voting tactically next May to prevent a Conservative victory." How strange then that on several occasions I have heard Councillor Marjoram openly express support for David Drew and on one public occasion shout out support for Ed Milliband. Perhaps John is viewing the world through the "rose tinted spectacles " that new love brings. Typical though of the Green Party to say one thing and do another. But when have they actually done anything. Doorstep canvassing in the recent SDC Valley Ward by-election showed just how little constituency work was undertaken by the last incumbent who has now escaped Stroud and the talking shop that is Green Party politics. The Green Party talk a good deal but do little to act. No doubt Molly Scott-Cato will soon become the EUs representative in Stroud rather than the South West representative in the EU Parliament, a model that Neil Carmichael has perfected in Westminster. John own up you know David Drew is the real deal and will represent Stroud in Westminster.You also know when push comes to shove the Green Party will not win the seat in 2015 no matter which way you try to manipulate the voting figures to make your point. My guestimate for May 2015 is 1850 votes anybody else up for the challenge? joyus1uk
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3:16pm Sat 30 Aug 14

VoteUKIPGetUKIP says...

The Greens are good at creating hot air and at little else, as has been proved by the recent Glos County Council figures which show that Stroud, the Greenest District Council in Gloucestershire had the lowest recycling figures of all six Glos districts !!!

Molly will now go native in Brussels, reports are that she has already started.

The Valley by election showed a swing to Labour and away from the Greens.

The Tories' vote halved, and they were forced into a humiliating fourth place by UKIP, who had never stood in Valley before or had any presence there at all previously.

The message is clear. UKIP will win the Clacton by election and more former Tory and Labour MPs will swell UKIP's ranks in the House of Commons.

As far as Stroud is concerned if the best that the Tories can do is to come fourth in a constituency in which they have the incumbent MP and a ward they held several years ago, the writing is clearly on the wall.

The Tories are a busted flush in Stroud come the General Election, and the only way of stopping David Drew's bandwagon and stopping Ed Miliband from becoming our next Prime Minister will be to vote UKIP.
The Greens are good at creating hot air and at little else, as has been proved by the recent Glos County Council figures which show that Stroud, the Greenest District Council in Gloucestershire had the lowest recycling figures of all six Glos districts !!! Molly will now go native in Brussels, reports are that she has already started. The Valley by election showed a swing to Labour and away from the Greens. The Tories' vote halved, and they were forced into a humiliating fourth place by UKIP, who had never stood in Valley before or had any presence there at all previously. The message is clear. UKIP will win the Clacton by election and more former Tory and Labour MPs will swell UKIP's ranks in the House of Commons. As far as Stroud is concerned if the best that the Tories can do is to come fourth in a constituency in which they have the incumbent MP and a ward they held several years ago, the writing is clearly on the wall. The Tories are a busted flush in Stroud come the General Election, and the only way of stopping David Drew's bandwagon and stopping Ed Miliband from becoming our next Prime Minister will be to vote UKIP. VoteUKIPGetUKIP
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