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.