Greens announce Berwick candidate for General Election

Thomas Stewart, the Green Party candidate for the Berwick constituency at the General Election.
Thomas Stewart, the Green Party candidate for the Berwick constituency at the General Election.
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The Green Party has announced the selection of Thomas Stewart as its candidate for the Berwick constituency at next month’s General Election.

He succeeds Rachael Roberts, who fought the seat for the Green Party at the 2015 election, but has had to move away for work commitments.

Rachael Roberts at the 2015 General Election count in Alnwick. Picture by Jane Coltman

Rachael Roberts at the 2015 General Election count in Alnwick. Picture by Jane Coltman

Thomas has lived and worked in Berwick for the past 24 years and makes it clear that this election will be fought primarily on local issues.

“The foremost aim for the Berwick constituency has to be the replacement of Anne-Marie Trevelyan as our representative,” he said.

“Mrs Trevelyan may be an excellent representative for the elite and privileged, but she cannot speak up for our young people or for our local NHS services or for the disadvantaged and she has made it abundantly clear that she sees the environment as something to be exploited rather than protected.

“The old politics of Westminster is broken and we need a new approach for the new generation. We need to leave a legacy of hope and community, not of division and destruction.”

Ms Roberts secured four per cent of the vote at the 2015 election for the Green Party, finishing fifth with 1,488 votes.

So far, it has been confirmed that the incumbent Mrs Trevelyan and Mrs Pörksen will be standing again this year. Ukip announced earlier today that it will not be contesting the Berwick seat this year.