Alan is a candidate for Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales.
My name is Alan, I’m 25 years old, I live in Ware in East Hertfordshire, and I’ve been an active Green Party member since September 2012.
I have been educated at the University of Hertfordshire and London Metropolitan University in the science of psychology, and I currently work as a support worker for disabled students and workers and also as a note-taker mainly in the Greater London area. I also co-host a monthly radio show on Kensal to Kilburn Radio called ‘Autism Kom Unity’ to promote acceptance of autistic people and their contributions to society. My favourite things include psychology, current affairs, analysing elections, chess, and retro music.
We, the people of Britain, currently face a difficult and uncertain future, especially in light of the recent decision to vote to leave the EU referendum by a margin of 3.78%, or just over one million votes. The United Kingdom still suffers from a self-serving, cold-hearted, money-loving government whose main intent is to keep themselves in power indefinitely by any means they can and continually oppress everyone who is not rich and powerful. We, the Green Party of England and Wales, must be the ones who stand up for what is right and just, for a fair, sustainable and green future, for our human and environmental rights which are essential in society and which protect us no matter what our circumstances, and for introducing a green consensus for the sake of ourselves and our fellow creatures. We need a sustainable economy, sustainable communities, and a sustainable society to replace our broken and outdated socio-economic system. Local communities in Britain need to be actually able to decide their own future and make their own plans which best suit their needs, and our individual and communal rights need to be respected via an enforced and fair written constitution.
As a young and disabled person who has borne the brunt of governmental austerity policies and betrayal by those I once thought I could trust, and as a strong believer in green values and a better society for all, I am the right person for the job of Deputy Leader for the Green Party of England and Wales. I have considerable elections experience, having been the Green Party’s parliamentary candidate for Hemel Hempstead in 2015, the first Green candidate in that constituency for 23 years, and having contested local elections in 2013, 2014, and 2015 in the Welwyn Hatfield and East Hertfordshire areas. I played a key role in helping start Green Parties in Broxbourne, East Herts and Three Rivers,thus helping my home county, Hertfordshire, achieve good Green coverage.
If I am elected as the next Deputy Leader of the Green Party, my key promises will be:
• To ensure the Green Party internally and externally can transition to being a potential party of government in Britain over the next two years. Now more than ever does our country need systematic, fundamental change, and we need to be capable of winning elections outright so we can implement that change. We need to make ourselves a party that can be trusted with the economy, with our NHS, to deliver a fair welfare system, to have an effective approach to crime, and to deliver a fair immigration system whilst still advocating our four green pillars of ecological wisdom, social justice, grassroots democracy and nonviolence.
• To ensure that Green Party members in all areas – rural, urban, and metropolitan – are properly supported so that we can reliably present ourselves as an alternative everywhere in England and Wales. This will help Green Parties be better organised in elections and campaigning terms. So that this can be achieved, I will help ensure each local authority area can have its own Green Party and that there will be training, coordinated by local and regional parties, to help local parties activate their membership to its fullest potential.
• To extend the message that green politics is for everyone in the UK and can work for everyone, no matter who they are or where they are. We have shown in the 2016 local elections that green politics has support from all corners, from places as far afield as Weymouth, Hednesford, and Buckhurst Hill. I will help us further this aim by helping the Green Party link our values and vision more with the everyday concerns of voters in the UK, and help the Green Party push environmental issues further into voters’ consciousness.
• To ensure that there are good relations between all groups in the Green Party of England and Wales, whatever their age, ethnicity, gender, orientation, disability, religious beliefs, position within the party, or any other circumstances, so that we can all work together for the common good and for our green vision. In particular, I will help set up a mentoring scheme to ensure the Green Party will select more candidates from BAME backgrounds and more disabled candidates and help them play a stronger role in the Green Party nationally.
• That there will be a regular by-elections alert page for Green Party members and activists, so that we can be more prepared for surprise elections and make the most of media coverage that comes when parliamentary by-elections occur.