Find out more about Andrew

Andrew in the Lake DistrictIf you want find out more about Andrew and what you can expect if you elect him as your MP, you can read about:

His views on the key issues facing the country.

His background and why he wants to become your MP.

Our Green Guarantee

This is the Green Guarantee: A set of commitments that Green MPs will deliver to create a confident and caring Britain.Our Green Guarantee

The Green Party has big, bold ideas to create a confident and caring Britain that we can all be proud of. We aren’t afraid to hope for a better future or to be honest about how we get there. We believe in being brave, in speaking our minds, and in standing up for what matters. We are proud to do politics differently.

Imagine a government that trusts in our common humanity and our capacity to govern ourselves. Imagine a government that believes that the best way forward is by working with each other, rather than against each other. Imagine a government that prioritises the rights of citizens and the environment over those of corporations. Imagine a government that gives everyone a chance and leaves nobody behind in a confident and caring Britain. That’s the kind of government we would work for.

This is what Green MPs promise to do for you and the people and places that you love.

-We will campaign for your right to vote on the final terms of the Brexit deal, including an option to stay in the EU.
-We will push for genuinely affordable, warm homes for everyone and a public health system free for all.
-We will fight for equality, and for a society where nobody is left behind.
-We will always act strongly on climate change and to protect the natural world we love.
-We will stand up for what matters. This is our Green Guarantee to you.

The Green Guarantee contains 10 key pledges:

  • An economy for everyone
  • Protecting our environment
  • Membership of the EU
  • A truly public NHS
  • Education for all
  • Our promise to young people
  • Safe, secure, and affordable homes
  • A safer world
  • A citizen’s democracy
  • A people’s transport system

Read the The Green Guarantee in full

The Green Party’s Environment Manifesto – Key Policies


A LONG-TERM GOAL FOR NATURE

The Green Party will push for a new Act of Parliament to protect important EU regulations, and enshrine long-term goals for the environment into law. With almost 60% of species in the UK in long-term decline, and 15% are at risk of disappearing altogether, the need for a generational plan to restore our natural world is clearer than ever.

  • A Green Guarantee in Brexit negotiations and Trade Deals to ensure that all EU-derived legislation, including the Precautionary and Polluter-Pays principles, are maintained and strengthened.
  • Create a new Office for Environmental Protection and an Environmental Court that would monitor and enforce new long-term goals for biodiversity, water and air quality.
  • Build a network of inter-linking local ecological spaces on both land and sea, ensuring that both our wildest places and urban green spaces are protected and allowed to flourish.
  • Establish a right for every person in the UK to have access to a healthy and safe green space promoting good mental health, physical exercise, and building community.

INNOVATE AND INVEST IN THE LOW-CARBON ECONOMY

Our energy system is broken and is not delivering what households and businesses need – fuelled by dirty energy that belongs in the past, it is failing us both as customers and as citizens. The Green Party will harness the dramatically falling costs of renewable energy, and reverse the uncertainty created by years of government neglect.

  • Create a new Green Investment and Innovation Centre with borrowing powers to  finance the transition to a zero-carbon economy, creating a government owned hub for innovation and investment in our low-carbon economy. Without decisive action, investment in renewable energy is set to drop by 95% over next two years.
  • Keep fossil fuels where they belong: in the ground. We will introduce a ban on fracking, phase-out the £6bn-a-year fossil fuel subsidies, bring forward the coal phaseout date to 2023 (at the latest), divest public funds from the fossil fuel industry, and ensure a just transition for those communities dependent on fossil fuel jobs.

TAKE BACK CONTROL OF OUR ENERGY SYSTEM

  • End the monopoly of the Big Six by building democratic, locally owned alternatives – reaching at least 42 gigawatts by 2025. We will require grid operators to give priority access to community energy projects, and pioneer a new Community Energy Toolkit to empower local communities to create energy and municipal heating projects in every town and city.
  • Democratise energy ownership by reforming tax-relief for smaller-scale projects, introducing Green ISAs, promoting Green Bonds by allowing tax-free bonds for green projects, and issuing government backed Green Bonds.
  • Introduce progressive energy tariffs so that small consumers pay less per unit than large ones, special needs are recognised, people are not cut off when they can’t afford to pay, and nobody is forced to have pre-payment meters.

Green Party Election Broadcasts show a different better way

Politics doesn’t have to be how it is as our latest election broadcasts show. For a different, fairer way look to the Green Party…

Green Party General Election Broadcast for 8th June 2017 – Change The Game

 Election Broadcast 2017

 

Green Party General Election Priorities

We get that right now the world seems a pretty scary place. And what makes it worse is the feeling we all have that events are completely out of our control.

We get that. We get that politics is off-putting. We get that voting sometimes seems pointless and that it’s not always easy to tell one politician from the next.

And we understand that after you’ve been told you can’t change anything about politics well, you’re going to start believing it.

At times like these we have to dig deep.

The Green Party is the only party committed to stepping outside that box with the “Old Politics” sign on it.

The moment the election was announced we reached out to other progressive parties and asked to talk about an alliance that could prevent the Conservatives being returned to power. Stuck with a vision of a political reality that no longer exists, that invitation was rejected.

We were disappointed but not deterred. We don’t believe in playing games. We believe that progress, prosperity, and people’s rights are more important than party politics. Our values are what drive us and guide us.

Which means that at this election – in fact, at any election – if you vote Green you know what you are getting.

Our Co-Leader Caroline Lucas has, on multiple occasions, been named MP of the year. Jonathan Bartley stood with residents of his home borough of Lambeth and stopped the demolition of an historic social housing estate. Our Assembly Members in London introduced the first living wage. Our MEPs secured the introduction of a Europe-wide cap on bankers’ bonuses following the financial crash. Our councillors in Sheffield took the courageous step of increasing council tax in order to pay for increased support for the poorest 30,000 families in the city.

So while the government is convinced that it’s either May’s way or the highway, we want Britain to take a new direction.

We want to create a confident and caring Britain. One that spends its wealth on our health; that inspires children, supports students, and listens to parents; that stands by teachers; and stands up for what it believes in.

If you share that vision, please vote for us on June 8th and together we will change politics and change Britain.

  • Stand up for renters
  • Stand up for our NHS
  • Stand up for young people
  • Stand up for our rights
  • Stand up for our environment

Read about our election priorities in more detail here:

 Green Party General Election Priorities

Green Candidate for Leeds West Constituency in 2017 selected

Andrew Pointon Green Party Candidate Leeds WestThe Green Party has selected Andrew Pointon as Green Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Leeds West Constituency in the General Election on 8th June 2017. Andrew was the candidate in the 2015 General Election where he obtained the best result the Green Party has ever achieved in Leeds West with 3217 votes (8.4%).

Andrew is 45 years old and is married to Tina and has three stepsons. Born and raised in North Staffordshire, he has lived in Leeds since 1990 when he moved here to study. After graduating Andrew experienced a period of unemployment before joining Leeds City Council in 1994, working there on a voluntary basis for the first six months. He obtained a job as an IT Assistant, and during his 22 years working for the authority he has worked his way up the ladder and in his substantive role manages a small team responsible for testing and releasing software and hardware. Andrew is currently on full time release as a trade union Convenor for the UNISON Leeds Branch. He therefore has experience helping people with their problems and dealing with casework.

Andrew joined the Green Party in 2008 and was served as the Farnley & Wortley Green Party Secretary for 5 years. He has been an active member of the Party throughout the west Leeds wards, leafleting, canvassing, and as one of the volunteer drivers for the Green Party New Year’s Day free bus. In 2010 Andrew was David Blackburn’s election agent during the General Election.

Andrew said of his selection:

“It is a great privilege to be selected by my party to stand as their General Election candidate for a second time, and I am humbled by them giving me another opportunity to try to represent the residents of Leeds West.

This General Election is probably the most important in living memory and will shape the future direction of this country. It has been presented by the prime minister as being solely about leaving the EU, but there are many equally important issues.

The NHS is in crisis, underfunded and being deliberately run down as an excuse to privatise it. I will fight to keep the NHS free and publicly run. My current role involves visiting schools so I’ve seen first-hand how government cuts to education funding are affecting school budgets leading to redundancies amongst teachers and support staff. I am passionate about our children having good quality education and will fight for investment in schools and to reverse the cuts.

But the biggest crisis of all gets largely ignored by the main parties and the media. Climate change is a huge issue and one we must tackle quickly because if our planet cannot support human life all other issues like the economy, jobs, and housing become irrelevant. The Green Party has policies to tackle climate change while at the same time creating quality jobs, switching the economy to work for all not just the very wealthy, and improving existing homes alongside building new affordable energy efficient homes to give more people a chance of a decent place to live.

The Green Party is a positive change. We have policies to help improve the lives of ordinary people and make sure we pass on a decent planet for our children and grandchildren to live in. Our councillors work hard all year round for their constituents, and know they cannot be taken for granted. If elected I would be just like our local councillors, being there for constituents all year round not just at election time, representing them in Parliament, sorting out their issues, and trying to get the best for Leeds West.

The people of Leeds West have the chance to help set the direction this country takes. They can chose a brighter, fresher, positive way forward. I hope they will lend their vote to the Green Party on 8th June for a better, fairer, greener Leeds West and Britain. We want to look after the 99% not the highest earning 1% like the other parties do. We need to build a better society based on hope, not on fear. We are in politics for people and the planet, not for ourselves.

Voting Green isn’t a wasted vote, it is voting for politics based on principles and trying to make a genuine difference. At the last General Election nearly 16 million people across the UK didn’t vote at all. Just think what a difference could be made if they chose a different, fresh, Green direction and elected more Green MPs. I hope the people of Leeds West are inspired by the Green Party’s positive message and support me on 8th June. Thank you.”

 

Other Leeds West election news: Ann Blackburn re-elected

Ann Blackburn was returned as the councillor for Farnley & Wortley ward following the local council elections of 7th May. Ann received 3,831 votes (36.5%) with Labour coming second with 3208 votes (30.5%), the result being announced at the Leeds Arena today. The result means that the Green Party retains 3 councillors in the Farnley & Wortley ward.

Elsewhere in the Leeds West wards Nick Crawley’s 1108 votes in Armley saw the Greens finish 3rd, Kate Bisson polled 791 in Bramley & Stanningley, and Meadow Hudson came 2nd in Kirkstall with an impressive 1755 votes.