Local Elections 2019

Local Government Elections will take place on Thursday 2 May 2019. Green Party candidates will be standing in local council wards, and in the Bedford Mayoral Election.

 

Your contributions could make all the difference to the success of our candidates' campaigns. If you are interested in volunteering to deliver leaflets, joining in with doorstep campaigning, representing the Green Party at polling stations on Thursday 2nd May, or assisting by any other means, please complete this form.

 

To make a donation, visit https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/a-green-mayor-for-bedford. Please give all you can. 

 

 

Candidate for Bedford Mayor - Adrian Spurrell

 

Adrian SpurrellLuton and Bedfordshire Green Party is delighted to announce that it has chosen Adrian Spurrell to be their candidate for this year’s Bedford Mayoral election.

At a time when councils all over England, indeed all over the world, are declaring climate emergencies and committing to becoming carbon free its time that voters in Bedford Borough had a Mayor who understood that for us to live a decent, happy life, we need to look after the planet on which we depend and worked to make sure this was this case.

Adrian lives in Kempston and is active in Bedford’s community, being a trustee of three local charities and sitting on the board of the local Credit Union.  He works as a consultant helping organisations to work better and improve the quality of their leadership.

Adrian is passionate that Bedford needs to change the way it is going about solving the challenges we face – traffic congestion, poor air quality, growing inequality and a stressed health system.  He also believes that the people of Bedford should be actively involved in being part of those solutions.

 

Candidates for Bedford Borough Council Wards

 

The Green Party will have candidates standing for election in many wards across Bedford Borough. Details of individual candidates will be added below as they become available. 

Gary Lloyd - Harrold Ward

 

Gary LloydGary Lloyd has lived in rural Bedfordshire for more than twenty years, and works as a postman in the rural villages. Gary has been a campaigner and activist for environmental issues for decades, having joined Greenpeace as a teenager in the 1980’s, and is currently co-Chair of Luton and Bedfordshire Green Party.

Gary is active in local life in Harrold Ward, and is a Parish Councillor in Harrold. He acts as co-ordinator for the speedwatch group in Harrold and Carlton and has campaigned locally for traffic calming measures in our villages. Gary also supports and volunteers for Harrold good neighbours, a group which provides company, lifts, and help for elderly and vulnerable people in his village.

Gary actively campaigns and lobbies local councillors in respect of action against air pollution and climate change, and in preserving our treasured NHS services as free for all based upon clinical need rather than the ability to pay privately. Gary is now ready to use his considerable energy as a councillor for Harrold Ward, where he is keen to act as an independent Green voice, free from the constraints of the petty political points scoring which seems to be the priority of the larger parties.

Gary lives in the village of Harrold with his Wife Jenni (a deputy head teacher) and grown up Son.

 

Lucy Bywater - Castle Ward

 

Lucy BywaterA message from Lucy:

"I’ve lived in Castle Ward, Bedford, with my family, for over fifteen years and for twelve years I have worked for a small business here.

I’m known locally for my involvement in community activities such as running the community herb garden on Rothsay roundabout; organising and joining many litter picks across the town; actively promoting a car club to ease parking congestion; campaigning on air quality and monitoring air quality local schools. I cycle regularly around town, and this keeps me in touch with the area.

Bedford needs Green councillors to provide an independent local Green voice on the council. As an independent local Green councillor, I would work constructively with other councillors in the best interests of residents but would challenge the council when I feel they are failing to do this.

I stand up for public services and work to improve the quality of life of residents, campaign for reliable, affordable, public transport, sustainable housing and initiatives to better fund and support local policing to reduce local crime.

I am disturbed by the way air pollution is ignored in Bedford and is allowed to affect our health, in particular the health of our children. As a long-time campaigner for air quality, I believe this is an urgent issue that needs to be tackled to improve our health and quality of life.

I believe that the time is right to push the message on environmental sustainability and on the urgency of climate change. Bedford Borough Council needs to put climate change at the centre of its local policy decisions and these issues affect the long-term safety and health of our community. These effects are happening now, and cannot be left for future generations to put right.

We need action now, and independent local green councillors are the ones to do this.

I love Bedford but I know that Castle ward, taking in the town centre as it does, faces many mixed challenges. It needs councillors with integrity who really listen, and unlike other parties, are not ‘whipped’ to vote and support a national party line. There are currently 165 Green Party councillors in England and Wales and they actively work with local people to find solutions to local problems. I am campaigning positively to be elected as that sort of councillor here now.

Working hard all year round, with Ben Foley, I have knocked on hundreds of doors and listened to your views. Together with Ben, and other hard-working local Green campaigners we want your voice to be heard loud and clear in the council chamber."

 

Ben Foley - Castle Ward

 

 

Ben FoleyBen Foley is best known as a long-term campaigner for Bedford’s rail users. He was the key person behind the ‘SaveOurTrains’ campaign and set up the independent “Bedford Rail Campaigners” group. He has lived near the station for more than 20 years, bringing up two (now adult) children who have attended four local state schools. Ben has also campaigned for safer roads, and for parking improvements around Castle Road, has been active in litter picks around Midland Road and has joined in other campaigns locally, including for the NHS, and against air pollution.