Jonathan Elmer – City of Durham

Jonathan Elmer has worked in Durham for about 20 years, and lives in Langley Moor with his wife Priscilla.  Their 2 children go to the Durham Johnston School.  Jonathan has worked as Sustainable Development Manager for the City of Durham Council and also works as a consultant ecologist.   He is currently giving evidence at a public examination of Labour’s County Durham Plan and trying to stop Labour favouring economic development of the City at the expense of Durham’s Towns and Villages.  Jonathan considers the Climate and Ecological crises to be the top priority for this election.  He also supports the need for a peoples vote and would campaign for REMAIN and REFORM

Brexit and the People’s Vote

REMAIN FROM THE START

Our position is clear: Britain’s future destiny is cooperation with our European friends and allies as part of Europe.

STANDING WITH YOU FOR A PEOPLE’S VOTE

Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal is a disaster for the environment and worker’s rights. We’ll fight to the last minute for the people to have the final say.

THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY IS BORDERLESS

Britain’s just transition to tackle the climate crisis requires that we work with Europe. We will connect our energy grid with the power of the renewables throughout the continent.

Saving the Environment

We live on an amazing planet, rich in resources and able to sustain an incredible diversity of life. But we cannot take for granted it will always be this way. All around us are the warning signs of environmental crises. This century already has seen 16 of the hottest 17 years ever recorded in human history. We are in the midst of what scientists have called the sixth mass extinction. Hurricanes and wildfires are spreading, seas are rising and wildlife is in decline. Whilst other political parties talk about the environment, they have repeatedly failed to make the urgent changes needed to protect our natural world, to safeguard us from climate breakdown and to preserve the future. The Green Party are the only party that will look after the planet on which we all depend by:

Strengthening international agreements on climate change

Moving from GDP as the only way measure progress

Rapidly accelerate the roll-out of renewable
energy

Reducing our energy consumption

Derek Morse – North Durham

I live in Chester-le-Street and am a retired Chartered Engineer. For some 17 years I served as an elected Councillor at both District and County levels only standing down when work took me to Humberside.
In this election both the media and the major parties are already fixated on Brexit. They call it the Brexit election. Yet in reality Brexit is a dangerous distraction – a distraction from the real crisis of climate catastrophe. Once again it is the Greens who are demanding urgent action. Only this time we are joined by a massive wave of support from School Strikers, Extinction Rebellion and tens of thousands of Climate Scientists and Ecologists.
My primary aim in standing for election is to refocus attention on the real crisis that we and our children face. The evidence is crystal clear, unless drastic action is taken now, we are faced with hardships and possible societal collapse in the years to come. BUT it does not have to be so dreadful IF our politicians behaved responsibly. Change is needed and needed right now.
That is why I am standing now as a GREEN Candidate.

Dr. David Sewell – North West Durham

I was born in Bishop Auckland and now live in Stanhope working as a digital marketing strategist, helping companies find ways to make the best use of the internet.

We live in a pivotal age, not only with domestic issues such as the future of the NHS, the increasing wealth divide or stress and well-being at work, but also on the larger much more pressing issue facing us all – global climate change.

I’m standing as a candidate because I am concerned about our future.

We don’t have another planet to move to, so it’s crucial we take better care of this one. Our record of poor stewardship of the planet we all depend on must be reversed.

Micro-plastics are now found in our food and our water supplies and we are beginning to research where they collect inside us and how seriously they may affect our health. We are on the brink of a mass extinction event and only the Green Party is prepared to make the radical changes necessary to safeguard the future for our children and grand-children and protect the environment from unfettered exploitation.

I am standing to give you the chance to sweep aside the old style politics and vote for the future of us all. The time to vote Green is now.

Dr. John Furness – Sedgefield

I am Dr John Furness, your Green Party candidate for Sedgefield. I am a consultant paediatrician and a father. I live in Darlington and worked in Darlington and County Durham for 14 years until December 2018.

Politics and society need to change. The climate is warming as we consume more fossil fuels. This is causing the greatest harm to the world’s poorest.  The divide between rich and poor in UK and the world is widening which is associated with an unhappier society. Desperately poor, unhappy and angry people are drawn to extremes like terrorism. UK children and young adults are some of the unhappiest in Europe. (World Health Organisation and Royal College Paediatrics and Child Health). The country is divided and is isolating itself from our European friends. Financial wealth is the barometer of a successful society. We have concentrated on one issue, Brexit. An ill informed referendum showed the country to be split 50:50 (statisticians use standard error of 2.5% either side to describe the chance a result is reached by error. In other words on Wednesday the result could have been 52.5 leave 47.5 remain and on Thursday 52.5 remain and 48,5 leave). We have not been allowed to check we feel the same. We are probably united that we want independence to make our own democratic choices but to work and play with our neighbours. We have failed to implement those common core themes arguing about details. The United Kingdom, a country that has been stronger by the union of nations, is under threat of separation.

The Green Party offers a real change.  It is not  mainstream party that has been involved with the politics that has brought us to this point. Instead of burning fossil fuels it promotes renewable energy. Instead of division it sees cooperation.  Instead of a successful society being measured in £ and p it measures it in happiness and wellbeing.   Instead of poverty it proposes a universal salary.  

I am not a politician but an imperfect human. I am standing to give you a chance for vote for these values. I will not invade your personal space by door knocking. I will visit your area on dates to be announced and will meet you in your homes if you invite me.

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Response to the County Durham plan

The following documents (after the summary) comprise the formal response of County Durham Green Party to the County Durham Plan Preferred Options paper and Sustainability Appraisal Report, as part of the public consultation processed launched by Durham County Council in June 2018. The text of those documents can be found here and here.

In preparing this response, CDGP has engaged in an open and in-depth consultation with Green Party members and supporters across the County, holding a series of meetings with members and some non-members interested in the issues we were raising, and inviting individual members to submit their comments electronically.

Summary of response

Comments on Preferred Options paper:

Consultation and format
Vision and development principles
Housing – quantity and type
Housing – distribution
Housing – greenbelt releases
Housing – design
Commercial development and economy
Community development and infrastructure funding
Transport
Energy and climate change
Other environmental

Comments on Sustainability Appraisal Report

Our candidates for Green MP

The County Durham Green Party has selected six excellent candidates for the parliamentary constituencies that fall largely within the boundaries of the county, who we intend to put up for election on June 8.

Bishop Auckland – Thom Robinson

Thom is the current Co-ordinator of the Durham Greens. He served for several years as a parish councillor in Barnard Castle, and came second to the Conservatives in the county council elections for Barnard Castle West.

Jonathan Elmer – City of Durham

Jonathan came within a hundred votes of winning a county council seat in Nevilles Cross in the recent elections. He stood as the parliamentary candidate in 2015 and got 5.9%, the second-highest in the region. Jonathan has a high profile in the area from his work on planning questions and other local issues, and is the Green field organiser for the North-East region. While working for the council he was responsible for setting up several wildflower meadows and nature reserves, and has developed an innovative web-based democratic decision-making system that attracted major interest.

Easington – Martie Warin

I have now been elected twice as a parish councillor in Easington, and was the first Green candidate to run there. I’ve ran in County Council elections a couple of times and in the general elections in 2015, plus a cheeky run for the leadership of the party. This has provided me with quite a bit of of experience both with dealing with the press and in hustings.  As you can likely tell I’m highly motivated when it comes to green issues be it climate change or animal and human rights issues. I grew up in the colliery village of Easington – I am well known there and I’m also on the committee at my local watering hole. I work in research for the NHS and have a passion for equality-based politics.

North Durham – Jamie Thomas

I joined the Green Party in 2014, and I’m the County Durham Green Party’s current Nominations Officer. I have lived in the North Durham constituency since 2005 and acted as the Election Agent in the constituency during the 2015 General Election. Professionally I’m a public procurement specialist working in local government. Politically, I’m a green socialist, particularly passionate about social justice and the need to move towards a sustainable economic model.

North-West Durham – Dominic Horsman

I am a researcher in physics at Durham University, and have been an active member of the UCU trade union for nearly a decade. I joined the Green Party in August 2016 after the Brexit referendum, and have been involved in local anti-racism campaigning since then. As a transgender person I care deeply about LGBT rights and, more broadly, the need to build inclusive political structures and a socially and economically progressive country where everyone can flourish.

Sedgefield – Melissa Wilson

I live on the outskirts of Darlington, in the Sedgefield constituency where I have been involved with the local community for over 18 years and have 4 children who attend schools within Newton Aycliffe. I joined the party in 2014 after some time trying to find a party that fit my socialist as well as environmental beliefs and then stood as a councillor in Darlington in 2015. I’m a founding member of 999 Call for the NHS and 999 Call for Education and have campaigned extensively on these matters particularly in my local area. I believe it’s time we had a shift in politics and I want our children to grow up in a world where they matter.