An Alnwick town councillor has been selected as the Green Party candidate in north Northumberland for May’s General Election.
At a very well-attended meeting of the new Berwick-upon-Tweed Green Party held in Embleton on Saturday, Rachael Roberts was selected as the candidate – the party’s first in the constituency since 1987.
It was a unanimous decision to back the 42-year-old and was warmly greeted by all who were present.
Ms Roberts has lived in Alnwick for nine years and is a guidance team manager and practitioner at the Careers Service at Newcastle University. She has been a member of the Green Party for six years and was elected to Alnwick Town Council in 2011.
In line with Green Party philosophy, she is passionate about the need for change within national politics and seeks to move away from negative campaigning.
Having been active in her local community, Ms Roberts is also very keen to bring decision-making as close as possible to those it affects.
“I think we are seeing a Green surge because people are pleasantly surprised by Green Party policies including scrapping tuition fees, bringing the railways back into public ownership, stopping the privatisation of the NHS, investing in decent jobs and building truly affordable housing,” she said.
On a local level, she is supporting Save Druridge, the campaign to protect the area of Druridge Bay against a new threat of opencast mining that would extract seven million tonnes of coal, which she describes as ‘a foolhardy investment in the technology of the 19th century rather than 21st century’.
Over the coming months, Ms Roberts and the local Green Party will be working hard to meet constituents and hear their views.
You can follow the campaign on Twitter – @Rachael R_Greens
Anyone wanting to get involved should contact Tim Roake on Press@Berwick.greenparty.org.uk