Press Release: Selected Green Party By-Election Candidate on Corporate Takeover

The Green Party’s candidate for the expected by-election in Rochester and Strood has been selected. The candidate, Clive Gregory, has lived in Stoke on the Hoo peninsular for 22 years, and is a freelance musician and sound engineer by trade. Clive also runs the local PA hire business, Clive Sound.  Clive joined the Green Party because of disillusionment with the other political parties and worry about the direction of the country.

Clive says:

“Like many, I’ve gradually become disillusioned with mainstream politics.  The takeover of politics and politicians by “too big to fail” banks and corporations has got to stop.

“I believe that the current structure of the financial system lies at the root of most of the world’s problems as it drives the relentless ‘more, more, more’ machine, which in turn produces unsustainable demand for materials and goods. It is nothing short of a suicide mission for the planet to continue in this way.

“It is a suicide mission which is taking the rest of the natural world with us, with 60% of UK species in decline and a 50% decline in wildlife globally in the last 40 years. This feels very prominent locally right now with the potential loss of the Lodge Hill nightingales and all the other rare species the area supports.

“Additionally this rollercoaster of boom and bust, driven by our politicians’ dependence on economic growth, does not in reality make us any better off.  The Green Party promises to put our future security first with a minimum wage that is enough to build a life on; affordable homes; accessible local shops; a fully funded, nationally run health service we can be proud of; and a parliament which is answerable to us.

“The Green Party has policies to improve our lives massively in all these areas and many more; all within the context of protecting the natural ecosystems that support us.  All it requires is joined up thinking and the political will.

“The Medway Greens are a genuine local grassroots party making the best use of minimal funds to effect change.  The national Green Party is funded solely by its growing number of members which hit 20,000 this week. This contrasts with the huge corporate funding for UKIP and the Tories.  While UKIP love to portray themselves as outside the current political elite, they are in fact at the heart of the establishment. Only the Green Party can be trusted to bring about the changes we need”.

Clive will be out on the streets talking to voters over the coming weeks.

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