Greens step aside in North Norfolk, but announce other candidates

PUBLISHED: 11:04 07 November 2019 | UPDATED: 13:28 07 November 2019

Catherine Rowett, Green MEP for the East of England, has been selected to stand in Norwich South. Pic: Joseph Casey

Catherine Rowett, Green MEP for the East of England, has been selected to stand in Norwich South. Pic: Joseph Casey

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The Green Party has announced two more of its general election candidates - as they look to make next month’s vote a “climate election” - but is stepping aside in North Norfolk.

The Green Party has announced two more general election candidates, but is stepping aside in North Norfolk.

Dr Catherine Rowett, currently the Green Party's MEP for the East of England has been selected to fight Norwich South, while Norwich City councillor Ben Price is standing in South Norfolk.

But, the Greens have stepped aside in North Norfolk, to help the Liberal Democrats.

Mark Taylor was the Green candidate, but Unite to Remain, the organisation created to work with pro-EU parties, announced he would step aside so voters had the Remain choice with Lib Dem candidate Karen Ward.

Ms Ward and Mr Taylor said: "We are delighted to announce that we're working together. We must urgently protect North Norfolk, because we're on the front line of the climate and environment emergency, which can only be addressed with collaboration across parties and nations."

Along with Ms Ward, other candidates for North Norfolk are Duncan Baker (Conservative), Emma Corlett (Labour) and Harry Gwynne (Brexit Party).

But the Greens are standing in Norwich South. Their candidate Dr Rowett used to be a professor of philosophy at the University of East Anglia before she was elected as a member of the European Parliament in May.

She said: "I'm standing for Westminster, not out of fear of losing my job, but to give the voters of Norwich the chance to send a powerful Green voice to Westminster if they so wish.

"The Green Party says yes to real action on the climate emergency, yes to real action on social inequality and unequal life chances, and yes to a future with real influence and opportunities in the European Union."

In 2017, Labour's Clive Lewis, who is standing again, held the seat with an increased majority of more than 15,500.

Other announced candidates are Jim Adcock (Renew Party) and James Wright (Liberal Democrat).

Mr Price, who has been a city councillor since 2012 and works as a gardener, is the Green candidate to challenge for Richard Bacon's Conservative seat in South Norfolk.

He said: "People around the world are now asking politicians to take the dangerous breakdown of our climate more seriously and to act in a responsible manner that will safeguard the future of our children and grandchildren."

The Greens launched its election campaign with a pledge to borrow more than £900bn over the next decade to rid the UK of fossil fuels.

Joint leader Sian Berry outlined the plan to turn the UK carbon neutral by 2030 as she called on voters to make December 12 a "climate election".

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