OUR CANDIDATES

Meet your Green Party Southend candidates

The Green Party will be standing candidates in every ward across Southend in the forthcoming local elections.

Our representatives are some of the most passionate and hard-working local people you'll find!

From Teachers to Nurses, to Geologists to Environmental Activists, we've got someone from every walk of life;
our candidates are as proudly diverse as the community we serve.

2023 LOCAL ELECTIONS

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Peter Walker

Belfairs Ward

Peter Walker is the Green Party Belfairs Ward candidate.

A retired schoolteacher, Peter, with his wife Janet, has spent much of the past 20 years caring for elderly relatives.

He is a keen cyclist and enjoys long walks on which he photographs wildlife; is an avid cross-county cyclist; and spends a lot of time making music as a pianist and as a member of the Southend Bach Choir.

Peter has long been involved in environmental conservation and the local Green Party, and he was also the Green candidate in Chalkwell in 2015, Blenheim in 2019, & Belfairs in 2021.

AJ Sutherland

Blenheim Ward

AJ Sutherland is the Green Party candidate for Blenheim.

They have lived in Southend all their life, apart from a brief departure to study an MGeol in Applied & Environmental Geology in Leicester. They work in a local community pharmacy.

As a proud member of the LGBTIQA+ community, AJ is an outspoken advocate for equal rights across all marginalised communities.

AJ is passionate about holding governments and news outlets to account for their role in climate change and has taken part in grassroots campaigning with the Climate Genocide Act Now group. AJ says their aim is to leave a positive impact on the world.

AJ was also the Green candidate in Prittlewell in 2016 and Blenheim in 2021.

RJ Learmouth

Chalkwell Ward

RJ Learmouth is the Green Party candidate for Chalkwell.

A medical professional by trade, RJ is also an accomplished musician, and can often be found at all manner of local live music gigs.

An avid environmental activist, RJ is regularly found at Green Action events actively working to improve the open spaces around Southend. RJ is a passionate advocate for women's rights, is a proud member of the LGBTIQA+ community, and is also a keen cyclist.

RJ has been in Southend since 2008 and believes strongly in echoing the voices from minority groups, ensuring equality and justice for all.

RJ was also our candidate for Prittlewell in 2019, and Eastwood in 2021.

James Vessey-Miller

Eastwood Park Ward

James Vessey-Miller is the Green Party candidate for Eastwood Park.

As well as being a local Publican he is actively engaged in many communities throughout South East Essex, working with many Southend-based community arts organisations, and previously working as the Vice-Chair of Southend Pride.

As well as regularly taking part in many local and national demonstrations, James has been a long-standing campaigner for Social Justice, better town planning, and transparent government. He has also been the branch coordinator of the local Green Party since 2018.

James has previously stood for election in St Luke's 2018-19, and in Chalkwell in 2021.

Thomas Love

Kursaal Ward

Thomas Love is the Green Party candidate for Kursaal.

Thomas is an Art Therapist at a local Mental Health Hospital. When he's not working he is a passionate local filmmaker, having studied Film & Television at the University of Lincoln. In his spare time, Thomas also enjoys carpentry and cycling.

He believes passionately in closing the gender pay gap, working for LGBTIQA+ rights and increased support for mental health, and believes strongly in helping the homeless community.

"If I were elected I would work towards, maintaining/improving public transport and cycling accessibility, promote and support the implementation of solar panels on public buildings and private residences, regularly engaging and listening to local residents about the issues that affect them."

Thomas stood as the Green Party candidate for Eastwood Park in 2019, and for Kursaal since 2021.

Richard Longstaff MCIAT

Leigh Ward

Richard Longstaff is the Green Party candidate for Leigh Ward.

A Senior Lecturer of Architectural Technology at Anglia Ruskin University since 2005, Richard also founded a local award-winning design and research studio in 2002, where he practices as a Chartered Architectural Technologist.

Essex born and bred, Richard has lived in Leigh for over 20 years and has three children from 4-12. Richard helped Leigh Town Council save the community centre when it was considered for demolition, and also set up and helped organise the well-known campaign to save the Grand Hotel. He was also the local architectural designer behind the restoration of Strand Wharf in the Old Town.

In 2019, Richard formed the successful Once-Upon-a-Tree (Southend) campaign, which seeks to pressure Southend Council into stopping needlessly felling healthy mature trees, and instead develop a new green tree-planting initiative.

Richard has been our candidate for Leigh since 2021.

Sarah-Ann Patel

Milton Ward

Sarah-Ann Patel is the Green Party candidate for Milton Ward.

Sarah-Ann has lived and worked in Southend for the past 8 years. Passionate about community and social equality, she is on the board of trustees at the Milton Community Partnership and works at a Southend-based charity.

A Mum of two primary schoolers, she is concerned about Air Pollution and the world we are leaving to the next generation and wants to see a vote for real change.

Sarah-Ann was also the Green Party candidate for Milton in 2021.

Jon Mullett

Prittlewell Ward

Jon Mullett is the Green Party Candidate for Prittlewell.

Jon is one of the most passionate environmentalists in the local Green Party. He has represented the Green Party many times in Leigh over the years but has recently moved to Prittlewell, where he now stands as our representative.

Jon cares deeply for the conservation of natural spaces and is a regular participant in local community cleanup events, such as various Green Action events.

Jon is well known for previously being the Leigh Green Party candidate in 2015, 2016, & 2018, and in Shoeburyness in 2019.

Fiona Clapperton

Shoeburyness Ward

Fiona Clapperton is the Green Party candidate for Shoeburyness.

Fiona is best known for her involvement in the Southend In Transition project (part of the Transition Network), and the local Extinction Rebellion group.

Fiona helps run the group's highly-popular 'Southmenders Repair Cafe' events, a community group that meets to repair anyone's broken electronics, clothes, bicycles, and more that would have otherwise ended up in the landfill.

The Southend in Transition project is about encouraging communities to step up to address the big challenges they face by starting local; by coming together, they are able to crowd-source solutions. The project seeks to nurture a caring culture, one focused on supporting each other, both as groups or as wider communities.

Fiona was also the Green Party candidate for Shoeburyness in 2021, and West Shoebury in 2019.

Jo Bates

Southchurch Ward

Jo Bates is the Green Party candidate for Southchurch.

Jo is a former Southend A&E Nurse who now works as a Community Health Worker.

She is most known for forming and organising the Southend Homeless Street Hub, a community Soup Kitchen and Homeless support group helping the vulnerable street community of Southend.

Jo is passionate about helping the homeless and is largely involved in the various homeless support and rehabilitation groups across the borough.

Jo also stood as the Thorpe Green Party Candidate in the 2016, 2019, and 2021 Local Elections.

Lea Williams

St Laurence Ward

Lea Williams is the Green Party candidate for St Laurence.

Lea is a local freelance Brand & Design Specialist, who graduated from Nelson Mandela University in South Africa as a commercial artist. Lea is extremely passionate about speaking out for the less privileged and spent time volunteering as a youth worker in Africa, helping underprivileged teenagers from the townships.

She is an avid photographer and enjoys being submerged in nature and among local people, sharing her experiences through the lens of the camera. Lea and her partner are passionate about sustainable living and have a small urban farm garden, where they keep bees and hens and grow fruit and veg.

Lea also works with a local Mental Health charity, and volunteers with the Southend In Transition project.

Tilly Hogrebe

St Luke's Ward

Tilly Hogrebe is the Green Party candidate for St Luke's.

Originally from Germany, Tilly has lived in St. Luke’s since coming to Southend in 2010. She is active in her local community as a member of Southend in Transition and as a Trustee for Southend Soup. She believes that bringing communities together is an important building block for a healthy and sustainable future.

Tilly has a background in the arts and in 2019 was named as one of 20 inspiring women leading in art and climate. Tilly was also the Green Party candidate for St Luke's in the 2021 local elections.

Julie Callow

Thorpe Ward

Julie Callow is the Green Party candidate for Thorpe Ward.

A mother and former civil servant, Julie has lived in the area all her life.

Julie is well known as a key campaigner in the petition to stop the resurfacing and extension of the car park on Southchurch Park East. She is also one of the locals behind the Southchurch Park Community group, which seeks to defend the park against destructive development. In 2019, Julie was heavily involved in the successful 'Once Upon A Tree' campaign to stop the council from unnecessarily felling thousands of healthy trees across the town.

With qualifications in psychology and counselling, she has done sterling work in the community as part of various Homelessness, Youth at Risk, and Mental Health projects. She was involved in the former local homeless night shelters, and the Lady Kemp-Welch Partnership supporting children in care. Following the austerity cuts to SEPT NHS mental health services, Julie also co-founded the Therapeutic Arts Group to support people with long-term mental health issues.

She is a member of the Essex Field and Essex Bat Groups, and is also a local beekeeper and a knowledgable animal lover, specialising in rehabilitating wildfowl.

Ian Hurd

Victoria Ward

Ian Hurd is one of the Green Party's candidates for Victoria.

Working as a learning and development professional, Ian has a passion for helping others and promoting positive, progressive cultures. In his spare time, Ian is a musician and has a local podcast, Agency Southend, focused on culture, the environment and social action.

Ian was also previously the Green Party candidate for Victoria ward, standing for election five times between 2011-2016.

Freya Martin

Victoria Ward

Freya Martin is one of the Green Party candidates for Victoria (by-election).

Freya has lived in Southend for the last 5 years and is eager to make positive change in the place she now calls home.

Growing up in Hertfordshire, she was always interested in championing equal rights and advocating for social and environmental change; being part of many school activities and initiatives. Now, she takes an active role in local events representing the Green Party.

Freya is passionate about many issues in our community; maintaining good public transport, improving access to affordable housing, and promoting LGBTIQA+ voices.

 

Stephanie Golder

Westborough Ward

Moving to the area from London in 2018, Steph previously worked with vulnerable people as a housing officer before following her passion for food and the environment.

She has spent the last few years volunteering on a number of food and farming related projects and founded the Incredible Edible group in 2020; installing a veg patch in a local park, running volunteer sessions and guerrilla gardening on unloved patches of land.

She would love to make Southend greener, encouraging pride in our area and a connection to nature for all whilst tackling the biodiversity and climate crisis. She currently runs a school gardening club and is passionate about encouraging children to grow food.

Steph is a committed environmental activist with a degree in Politics and Media and is currently studying for an MSc in Sustainable Food at the Centre for Alternative Technology.

Nathaniel Love

West Leigh Ward

Nathaniel Love is the Green Party candidate for West Leigh ward.

He studied politics at the University of Lincoln and is passionate about supporting local businesses and preserving green spaces.

Nathaniel is a vocal advocate for environmentalism and social justice, and is also a keen supporter of the Save Southend NHS campaign working to protect our local NHS from cuts to services.

In his spare time, Nathaniel enjoys discovering new hiking trails and learning about local history. He also likes practicing a variety of musical instruments, and is passionate about supporting local bands and musicians.

Nathaniel was previously the Green Party candidate for West Leigh in 2021, and for Chalkwell ward in 2019.

Paul Hill

West Shoebury Ward

Paul is a local musician and a father of five who has been politically active for many years, campaigning tirelessly on local issues such as homelessness, housing, and police cuts.

Paul works as an educator for the UK’s leading anti-racism educational charity.

Paul was previously the Green Party candidate for Southchurch ward in the 2016 Local Elections. He was also the Green Party's General Election candidate for Rayleigh & Wickford in 2017.

ABOUT SOUTHEND COUNCIL

Southend is divided into 17 wards, with three Councillors elected per ward, giving a total of 51 Councillor seats.

Each councillor is elected for a four-year term, and each year one-third of the council seats are elected, followed by one year without election.

Southend City Council is a Unitary Authority and does not take part in Essex County Council elections.

The Council has been run by a coalition of Labour, Liberal Democrat, and Independent councillors since 2019.

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Southend is ready for better

The Greens have already delivered amazing results across the city, from stopping the monstrously expensive cliffslip museum, to working for residents in identifying and solving litter hotspots.

We are already gaining a lot of support from people across the city who have told us that they’ll be voting Green this year; they really appreciate the honesty and hard work of our dedicated local volunteers.

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The Green Party's vote share is increasing at every election in Southend.

In the 2019 European Parliament elections, the Green Party got more votes than both Labour and the Conservatives in Southend.

Nationally, in 2019, we gained almost 200 councillors, elected 7 MEPs and increased our votes by 60% in the General Election.

Up and down the country, Green Councillors are working hard for their communities and standing up for what matters.

We already have fantastic Green Councillors in neighbouring areas, and we look forward to having our Green Party Southend candidates elected too.

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