Lesley Grahame selected to fight Norwich South for the Greens

Norwich Green Party general election Norwich North and South candidates Leslie Graham and Adrian Holmes with Natalie Bennett, the national leader of the Green Party(centre).
Picture by SIMON FINLAY. Norwich Green Party general election Norwich North and South candidates Leslie Graham and Adrian Holmes with Natalie Bennett, the national leader of the Green Party(centre). Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
8:28 PM

Norwich South has “enormous possibilities” for the Green Party in the coming election, its leader said as she unveiled the city councillor who will fight for the Westminster seat.

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Part-time district nurse Lesley Grahame, who was recently re-elected as a councillor for the Thorpe Hamlet ward, will take on incumbent Liberal Democrat Simon Wright and Labour candidate Clive Lewis in the general election next year.

Ms Grahame was found guilty of trespassing on a protected site and criminal damage in 2008 when she was one of seven protesters who cut through a fence and chained themselves to a munitions compound at RAF Lakenheath.

She said yesterday that she stood by what she had done. Adding: “I think most people have really admired us and wished they had the guts to do it....The crime wasn’t cutting a piece of fence to stop them using cluster bombs, the crime was having the cluster bombs.”

Ms Grahame, who is married with two grown up children, said the Green Party were “gentle, determined and passionate people - demanding the impossible and sometimes getting it”.

A recent poll has put the Greens on 20pc of the vote in Norwich and Ms Grahame said: “Who knows where we might get to now we have a candidate.”

“Anarchists I used to know used to say - ‘we don’t just want more crumbs from the table, we want the whole bloody bakery’. Yes we do, But now the task is even bigger because we have to stop the bakery from being burnt down in the process of trying to acquire a fair share of it,” she said.

Former city councillor Adrian Holmes, who is a software engineer and long standing member of the Green Party in Norwich, will stand for the Norwich North seat. He stood for the same seat in the 2005 general election.

Rupert Read, who unsuccessfully contested Norwich North at the last election and recently missed out on a seat for the East at the European elections, did not put his name forward to be a Westminster candidate, saying that he was still exhausted from the European campaign.

Green leader Natalie Bennett said: “Norwich has a very long history of being very strong in the Green Party. Norwich South in particular is very important for us. The fact is we have enormous possibilities in the coming elections.”

“One of the key things is that this general election will be unlike any other for the Green Party because this is the first general election in which we have been a parliamentary party. The Green Party has had Caroline Lucas as a brilliant MP for four and a bit year. Brighton Pavilion has demonstrated that if you choose, you can elect a Green MP.”

She said that nationally Green Party membership was up 28pc since the start of the year. At one point during the European elections it was putting on 1,000 members a week.

“We can see a snowball start to roll. It is partly a reflection of the fact that the Green Party has got much bigger. It is much more organised. We have taken some of the things being done in Norwich and spread them around the country. We are also is we are finding lots of people are finding us, even though we haven’t had a chance to go looking for them. We need a real change in the way we do politics.”

10 comments

  • How can that even be in the news section.

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    Parsnip

    Friday, August 15, 2014

  • Jonny, Clive is an ex BBC employee and in my opinion, not his own man when it comes to representing your constituents mandate before that of Labours agenda, not the right person. But you vote for what you get.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • What is real Labour about a BBC employee who will sing the establ;ishment tune, Jonny? Adrian Holmes has much experience and is well known in Norwich North, so his chances are as good as Leslie's.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Lesley is a good local campaigner but I'm not convinced she'd pack the necessary punch at Westminster. Let's hope she can at least push Simon Wright into 3rd place with Clive Lewis regaining this seat for real Labour

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    Jonny

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • The amazing thing about Norwich South is the utter collapse in the LibDem vote.The sitting MP won with 29% of the vote but only polls 8% in a recent Ashcroft poll.A mixture of broken promises on tuition fees and a university-sited constituency is not a good idea.

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Good luck to Leslie Graham, she is dedicated principled and has far more time for people than a busy university lecturer could muster. That said, I'm not a Green Party member and shall not promote any party politics anymore. They all have played voters like fiddles, i.e. Their tune, their instrument and we dance when they like to play.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • The Greens in Brighton have proved disastrous in everything they have attempted to achieve, they are now much less popular than both Labour and the Conservatives because of their policies

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    blister

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • The Green Party.The party that likes to say NO to everything!

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    Ray Newman

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • That's Wright gone then and why not as he has been totally ineffective.

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    Vic Sponge

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Snowball starting to roll,over this bunch of hippies I hope.I see Read is exhausted, he means it shocked him when he didn't win a seat on the EU gravy train.next to our self important MEP's.

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    PaulH

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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