David is a candidate for Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales.
I have been an active political campaigner for over 40 years, and during that time have taken a leading role in a great many progressive campaigns. My major interests have been peace (CND member since I was 21), ecology (a long history of numerous environmental campaigns), animal rights, especially anti fox-hunting, supporting workers in struggles such as the miners’ strike, and protecting public services.
Besides leading innumerable campaigns I have elected and stood for public office many times. I have been a Parliamentary Candidate three times: Colne Valley in 1983 and Rochdale in 1987 and 1992. I was a Labour and Coop councillor for 20 years in Rochdale and held many important leadership roles including Chair of Education and Chair of Economic Development. I was Chair of the Co-operative Party in Rochdale for many years and an acknowledged advocate of cooperative principles. After joining the Green Party in 2003, I became a local councillor again, and over the last 10 years I have held the offices of Leader of the Green Group on Oxford City Council and currently Leader of the Green Group on Oxfordshire County Council.
My aim as Leader of the Greens would be to place the Green Party in the position to capture the wave of indignation of voters feel at being ruled by a super-elite and the needs to rebuild a caring compassion society. We see it in the US with Bernie Sanders and in the wave of support for Jeremy Corbyn. We must fight both for people and for the planet: we should retain our sensible left of centre stance and promote policies that are needed for a sustainable tomorrow.
I have been a schoolteacher-senior lecturer and College Manager in further and higher education. For the last 20 years I have been focused on international Economic Development projects in Eastern Europe and China. Having studied politics at University and lived it for decades, I have an in-depth knowledge of British and international politics and can speak on a wide range of topics from privatisation in the UK to the machinations of US politics.
I am an effective public speaker, and because I understand our policies and those of our opponents am strong in debate. I have appeared on the TV locally and nationally many times and have the skills of handling the media at all levels and across a very wide range of subjects.
The Green Party must maintain its position as the guiding light to a better tomorrow. The rule by the 1% is over and we are on the move to a fairer and more sustainable world.