Greens choose candidates to fight two valley seats in May

Green Party candidates for the 2015 elections are Jenny Shepherd (Parliamentary candidate), left, and Elizabeth King (Calder ward candidate), right

Green Party candidates for the 2015 elections are Jenny Shepherd (Parliamentary candidate), left, and Elizabeth King (Calder ward candidate), right

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Calderdale Green Party has announced two candidates for the 2015 elections.

Local writer Jenny Shepherd is an active campaigner in many non-party issues and will be standing as the Party’s Parliamentary candidate.

And in Calder Ward - where the Greens were second in the Council elections last year – Elizabeth King will be the Party’s candidate.

Jenny Shepherd has lived in Hebden Bridge for 21 years, where she has raised her two (now grown up) children and taken an active part in non-party political community groups and campaigns such as Hebden Bridge Woodcraft Folk, Save Calderdale Royal Hospital, Ban the Burn and Incredible Edible Mytholm.

A writer, lecturer and digital filmmaker, Jenny says she is not a politician by trade but thinks politics is too important to be left to politicians.

She said: “Politics is the process where we all decide how we can best live together, and these decisions need to be based on the knowledge and experience of the widest range of people.

“Career politicians live in a bubble and I think they’re unlikely to be the best people to make these decisions. Calderdale Green Party is looking for a new way of doing politics.”

You can contact Jenny by emailing changingmorethanlightbulbs@gmail.com or tweeting @jenny4mp. You can also follow her Election 2015 campaign blog, http://jenny4mp.wordpress.com/

Elizabeth King, contesting Calder Ward, has worked in the NHS as a radiographer and information manager, and is now a freelance University teacher, mostly working for the University of Leeds where she teaches health informatics to post graduate students.

After regularly visiting Hebden Bridge for 26 years to see her brother and his family, she moved to the area in 2012.

She said that if elected as Calder Ward councillor, her main priorities would be to make the best of local busineses and campaign against the introduction of supermarkets, and campaign for more protection of the environment locally with increased investment in energy conservation.