1 May 2015
It is with great sadness that I heard of Richard Garvie's situation. Richard had equipped himself well in the election campaign and, to his credit, had shown a genuine desire to challenge the present incumbent. But ultimately this whole process is about personal integrity.
Voters nationally and locally have had their faith in Politicians completely undermined by the expenses saga, and Richard’s conviction yesterday just adds to this sense of betrayal.
I really feel for the many 1000's of Labour supporters who, for the second time locally, have had to endure the withdrawal of a Labour Candidate in the final throws of an important election, the first being the vote for the Police and Crime Commissioner a few years ago.
I also feel for the many people who have already voted. This is a terrible state of affairs and must really undermine people's confidence in local politics even further. Clearly there is work for the Labour Party to do to ensure their selection processes are fit for purpose.
This does, however, offer an opportunity for local people to take stock and consider how to create something positive from this deplorable situation.
At this election we are not voting for the Prime Minister, or for the Government, we are voting to choose our MP, and this is our chance to consider the offer of each of the remaining 4 candidates and select the right person for the job.
As a local voter myself, first and foremost the person must be of the highest integrity, who lives and works in the constituency and who will work with compassion and determination to represent all of us.
This is one of the most important elections ever. Many young, disabled and older people feel isolated and unheard. They need to be properly represented and supported in our communities, and this isn’t happening at present.
Our area is crying out for an MP that will stand up and lead for all of us not just some of us. A person who will represent us in Westminster but, more importantly, work to inspire each of us locally to work together and create the lives we dream of.
Over the course of this campaign, I have been setting out my agenda, outlining how the Green Party and I will personally make a difference on behalf of people in Wellingborough and Rushden. I invite people to vote with their hearts and vote for me on May 7th
Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Wellingborough