Kat is a candidate for Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales.
Whatever the future holds we must work together for unity. After this dreadful referendum and the Brexit vote we must all pull together. The country appears divided, the young vs the older generations, the north vs the south, the “leavers” vs “remainers”. Such divisions, promoted by the wealthy and powerful, have helped them to avoid responsibility for their economic crimes and allowed the 1% to prosper at the expense of the 99%. Meanwhile the Left is facing turmoil.
We, the Greens, have an important role to play to work for hope not hate, for unity. The Left must pull together to face current challenges and to offer creative and inclusive responses in language that our various audiences will relate to and understand. I completely support Caroline Lucas’s call to work with others, to campaign for reform, and to work towards electoral alliances. This country has challenged the EU for lacking democracy. We should now call for PR and for democratic reform encouraging other parties, particularly Labour, to make this one of our joint top priorities. I believe that people would find encouragement, strength and hope in seeing the Left and progressives standing side by side, overcoming tribalism and offering change and a belief that politics can be about cooperation. Whilst accepting the result of the referendum I also want to see us continuing to campaign with our progressive European partners for reform and for an increasingly united, fairer and democratic Europe.
As a Party we, the Greens, must also pull together, celebrating diversity, supporting minorities and liberation groups and valuing the autonomy of local parties under the umbrella of strong regional organisations. We have some very talented and committed people from different regions, local parties and from liberation/interest groups. We can appreciate and respect differences whilst working collaboratively.
Our message is unique, and the contribution we can make is vital. We understand that social justice and environmental protection cannot be seen as separate. We cannot achieve social justice without understanding our environmental limitations and resource inequality. We live on a finite planet. We must fight for our home for our kids and us all. Sadly our current economic system and discourse lacks the understanding that endless growth is not sustainable. We need to strengthen our message of integration of economic, environmental and social justice.
To begin to heal the country, we need to end austerity whilst prioritising to address climate change. I support the promotion of a Green New Deal using Green quantitive easing, to create a million climate change jobs in energy efficiency and replacing fossil fuels with renewables, insulating existing homes and buildings and building environmentally friendly housing in the interests of need not profit.
To begin to heal the world we must be part of an international movement committed to addressing issues of inequality, racism and ecological destruction, recognising in particular that those who have contributed least to global warming are its principal victims.
In the immediate here and now, we must redouble our efforts to resist the scapegoating of migrants and refugees and stand in solidarity with all victims of discrimination and exclusion.
As someone living in the Midlands, and as someone from a migrant community, I believe that I am well placed to support the leader(s) and am a suitable person to help unify and integrate all parts of our party and to play a role in working cross-parties for a strong Green voice. Natalie Bennett has done an excellent job in visiting regions and local parties, and I am committed to continue strengthening this valuable face to face contact with members, supporters and voters.
I am originally from Munich, Germany, but gained dual nationality last year. I am a single parent working as an integrative psychotherapist in Nottingham. I came to the UK almost 17 years ago, where I have obtained A levels, a BSc in Psychology and a Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy. During my studies I worked as a support worker helping individuals with learning disabilities, mental health problems, domestic violence and other difficulties around housing, benefits, social inclusion and accessing services. As a psychotherapist I work mainly with NHS clients.
As a migrant, as a single parent and in my professional capacity I have gained a lot of experiences of our unjust and unequal society. It was this sense of injustice which encouraged me to become politically active.
I have held various positions in the Green Party including being the national spokesperson on social care, which reflected my professional experiences. I was the East Midlands Green Party lead candidate in the 2014 European Election and I was the Regional Coordinator for several years. The East Midlands Green Party was barely functioning outside the Euro elections when I became Regional Coordinator and I have worked very hard to develop the regional party. I have been a key figure in raising media profile, in developing a regional strategy and in supporting local parties, organising regular training conferences and strengthening the regional committee. I stood in the General Election last year for Nottingham North and have been a Town Councillor in Kimberley. I was selected as the East Midlands Green Party lead Euro Candidate for the 2019 elections in advance of the referendum and have been acting as the regional referendum spokesperson, working hard to promote a positive Remain agenda in one of the most pro-Brexit regions of the UK.
I believe I have gained a very good public profile, participating regularly in local radio debates and speaking at public meetings. I have made several regional TV appearances (East Midlands BBC and ITV Central).