The South East Essex Green Party have confirmed Candidates in the following wards for the upcoming Local Elections:
Nick is the former Secretary of the South East Essex Green Party and is a volunteer at the Southend Vinyard Charity Shop.
Nick cares for the protection of Green Space, and campaigns for better public transport and improved recycling services.
Nick stood as the Belfairs Green Party Candidate in the 2016 & 2018 Local Elections.
Nathaniel Love is the South East Essex Green Party Green Action Officer.
Green Action is an activist subdivision of the South East Essex Green Party which run and co-host Action days (such as River and Beach Cleans) with local Environmental Groups; where we actively litter pick, tidy, and maintain our local environment.
The Green Action group also participates in many public demonstrations and attends many educational and community events.
Eastwood Park Ward
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. Thomas also enjoys Carpentry and is a keen Cyclist.
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."
Simon originally comes from Sheffield where he was an active Green campaigner for many years.
Simon has also worked with several neighbourhood and community schemes including a three-year spell with Side by Side, a group supporting refugees and asylum seekers.
Moving to Southend in 2011, Simon joined the South East Essex Green Party and has, once again, been a very active member including standing for Local Council in the Kursaal Ward three times, Prittlewell Ward in 2018, and now returning once again to Kursaal for 2019.
Simon was also a candidate for the national Green Party leadership election in Summer 2016.
Dan is the former Coordinator/Chair of the Greenwich Green Party, where he helped organise the successful community campaign to stop a Toxic Cruise Port being built in Greenwich. He has also previously stood as a candidate in Local and General elections.
Originating from Johannesburg, South Africa, Dan has lived in the UK since 2008.
An Editor for several publications, Dan also has a Degree in Journalism.
Well-known in Milton, Vida was the Green representative for the ward in 2015 and 2018 and has been part of many key local campaigns, including the successful campaign against the proposed £55M Museum on the Southend Cliffs.
Vida grew up in Southend, attending local schools including Baron’s Court Primary School.
After living 10 years in London as a Mental Health Nurse specialising in Child & Adolescent Mental Health, she returned to Southend seventeen years ago.
While also being a full-time mother, she currently works in a local children's bookshop.
Vida is an active member of Green Action, regularly taking part in Beach and River cleans, and is passionate about the Marine Environment.
She is a member of the RSPB and a Friend of Marine Conservation Zones via the Wildlife Trusts.
Reece Learmouth is the South East Essex Green Party Secretary and one of the Equality & Diversity Officers.
He is an avid environmental activist and is regularly found at Green Action events, actively working to improve the open spaces around Southend.
A Medical Professional by day, Reece is also an accomplished musician, and can often be found at all manner of live music gigs.
Reece is a passionate advocate for Womens' Rights, is a proud member of the LGBTIQA+ community, and is also a keen cyclist.
Reece has been in Southend since 2008 and believes strongly in echoing the voices of the minority, ensuring equality and justice for all.
Jon Mullett is one of the most passionate environmentalists in the local Green Party.
He has stood for the Green Party many times in Leigh Ward but has recently moved to Shoebury, 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 the 2015, 2016, & 2018 Local Elections.
One of the most experienced candidates in the South East Essex Green Party, Julian is also responsible for the EpicQuest Education Centre, providing excellent holistic education to many local children in the heart of Southend.
With a long history of being the Green Party candidate in Southchurch and Blenheim, Jules has been actively involved in local politics since 2010.
Jules stood as the Southchurch Green Party Candidate in the 2015 and 2018 Local Elections, and as the Blenheim Green Party Candidate in the 2014 & 2016 Local Elections.
St Laurence Ward
Oli is a bank worker and part-time piano teacher.
He has previously worked with Youth Groups in deprived areas of Southend and has been involved with the Integrated Youth Support Service’s Peer Mentor Programme.
Oli is a passionate advocate for LGBTIQA+ Rights and since moving from Rayleigh to the Southend area last year, has become interested and involved with the local Green Action cleanup events.
St Luke's Ward
James Vessey-Miller is the South East Essex Green Party Coordinator and is passionate about growing the Green Party in South East Essex.
He is actively engaged in many communities throughout South East Essex, working with many Southend-based community arts organisations, and he is also the Vice Chair of Southend Pride.
James is a Non-Portfolio Committee Member of the Green Party's national LGBTIQA+ Greens committee, that works to increase awareness and understanding of LGBTIQA+ issues within the Green Party, other progressive movements, and in society as a whole.
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.
James also stood as the Green Party Candidate for St Luke's Ward in the 2018 Local Elections.
Jo Bates 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 Local Elections.
Denis Walker is the South East Essex Green Party Treasurer and has campaigned on environmental issues since 2001, most notably in a successful campaign against the widening of Priory Crescent in Southend-on-Sea and an unsuccessful one against the expansion of Southend Airport.
As well as his involvement in local politics, Denis is also the Treasurer of the LGBTIQA+ Greens committee and is heavily involved in the Climate Genocide Act Now group campaigning for the introduction of a law which seeks to criminalise those who kill others by expanding polluting activities and industries.
Denis has previously stood as the St Laurence Green Party Candidate in the 2015 Local Elections.
Denis is also one of the local party's Internal Communications Officers.
Stephen is a HCPC-registered social worker and qualified as a social worker in 1988.
From November 2004 until March 2011 he worked full time as the Curriculum Leader for BA (Hons) Social Work at South Essex College. Stephen has worked as a lecturer for University of Essex since September 2014.
Stephen has been involved in the work of the local Green Party for nearly 20 years, holding several committee roles and first standing for election in 2006.
Over the years, Stephen has been a candidate in Milton (2006-2007), Victoria (2008-2010), Westborough (2012), St Luke's (2015), and most recently, West Shoebury (2016).
West Leigh Ward
Dr Fleischmann is a lecturer in International Politics at City, University of London.
She is a 2017-2018 non-resident Research Fellow at the International Centre for Non-Violent Conflict.
Dr Fleischmann's work looks at the role of social movements, civil resistance campaigns and human rights activism in conflict and peacebuilding, with a particular focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She aims to understand how activism itself transforms and how it influences the trajectory of a conflict or peace process.
Prior to joining City, Dr Fleischmann taught in the fields of International Politics and International Development at SOAS, King's College London, and the University of Roehampton.
West Shoebury Ward
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.
We will be campaigning across Southend for the Local Elections.