MANCHESTER Green Party
Vote Green in 2022
LOCAL ELECTIONS 5th may
YOUR GREEN CANDIDATES STANDING IN MANCHESTER FOR 2022
Woodhouse Park – Astrid Johnson
Astrid’s a Mancunian of German origin who’s lived in England for decades. She runs her own graphic design business working with the NHS and many charities. She stood up for people and made their voices heard when she worked for a legal charity.
She feels passionate about the area. She has been working closely alongside Green Councillor Rob Nunney for 4 years now. Together they’ve worked hard to listen to people’s concerns and get things sorted locally.
Ancoats & Beswick – Chris Perriam
I was born in semi-rural Devon but soon became a city-dweller: first in Newcastle upon Tyne, now in Central Manchester where I’ve lived since 2004. I love the city life but miss nature and fresh air and do my best to help restore a bit of both to our streets. In my working life I’ve done research on LGBT lives and social issues in Europe. I’m more or less bilingual English/Spanish and understand a few other languages too — it’s important to me to see close up how other communities are doing compared to us and try to learn from them.
Ardwick – George Morris
George is a student at the University of Manchester and has been an active member since he joined in 2019. He is passionate about our city providing for the needs of everyone and delivering social, economic and climate justice for all.
Baguely – Jake Welsh
Jake has been an active member of Manchester Green Party for the last 11 years standing in elections and holding many posts in the party, notably being a Green Party candidate for the North West England region for the 2014 elections to the European Parliament. He is a retail worker working in Manchester City Centre where he is the USDAW Union Rep for his workplace. In is spare time Jake loves supporting local live music as well as supporting local football teams FC United of Manchester and West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC.
Brooklands – Grazyna (Grace) Buczkowska
Burnage – Dick Venes
Dick is a retired brewer and environmental consultant. His priority if elected will be to ensure that the Council does the best it can for all residents of the Burnage ward, in an environmentally sustainable and fair way. He would also work to improve the Council's progress on climate change issues. He is a founder member and former treasurer of the Friends of the Fallowfield Loop.
Charlestown – Paul Hodges
Paul is a healthcare statistician. He has lived in Manchester since 2016 and loves the friendliness of its neighbourhoods, particularly through the pandemic. He also volunteers for the Mustard Tree homelessness charity. He is passionate about the need for more social housing throughout the city. He feels Manchester’s public transport should be more integrated and cheaper. He hates the amount of fly-tipping and litter whether they are blighting our housing areas or precious green spaces. He loves mountain biking and climbing.
Cheetham – Ben Dundas
Ben is a particle physicist, having studied at the Open University and University of Manchester. His scientific training leads him to push for firmly rational and evidence based solutions to our city's climate and environmental challenges.
Chorlton – Anne Power
At the age of 90, Anne is a revered environmental activist and has been involved with the Green Party since the early days. She fought and won against fracking in Preston, and is a familiar face to the people of Chorlton where she has lived for many years.
Chorlton Park – Miles Walton
Born in Salford, Miles has been living in Chorlton Park for 10 years and used to be solid Labour until it dawned on him that if you want Green, you gotta vote Green. Outside of Green activism, Miles is a radio DJ, gig goer and photographer.
“I boiled down my agenda to what will allow my son to be able to live as long as me and what’s good for the birds – all birds.
- UK land use must change – significantly – taking in permaculture/regenerative agriculture, rewilding, mob grazing and so on. Farming should be sequestering carbon while producing quality food and not be using fertilisers that damage water quality or pesticides that kill off diversity.
- Massive infrastructure investment in favour of cycles, e-scooters, etc. and other means to get cars off local roads. Current car use in Manchester is a huge problem – and it’s killing us.
- To be serious about local air quality, we need to be fighting for additional green spaces on top of what we already have.
The Labour-dominated council in Manchester cannot be trusted to take care of this – look no further than Ryebank Fields and Hough End Fields. I’m also a personal fan of trialling teams of sheep/goats as an alternative to petrol powered lawn mowers and strimmers. Who really wants to listen to lots of 2 stroke motors whining away all day?
Clayton & Openshaw – Amanda Evans
Amanda is a coordinator in the healthcare sector and has lived in Manchester all her life. She joined the Green Party two years ago and has focused her attention on community issues and preservation of our green spaces.
If elected, Amanda pledges to support the communities strongest needs as well as improving public areas, ensuring they are greener, safer and run for the community.
Crumpsall – Alison Hawdale
Alison is Manchester born and bred and has lived most of her life in this great city. She joined the Green Party two years ago and has worked hard to make sure Green issues are a high priority for Manchester City Council. Alison is a maths tutor, which leaves her time to campaign for Green jobs, a Universal Basic Income, and proportional representation which will allow every vote to count in every ward and constituency across the UK.
Deansgate – Anastasia Weist
Anastasia works for a charity and teaches people about climate change, encouraging them to consider their own carbon footprint and to recognise that the government must be held responsible for implementing the systemic changes needed for a green future. In her spare time, she enjoys urban foraging, cooking and learning aerial rope.
At a local level, she wants to hold Manchester City Council accountable for allowing multiple high-rises to be built in the city centre, often pricing out local people and especially those on low incomes. If elected in Deansgate, she would oppose the proposed 26-storey Apex Tower, which would overshadow the much-loved Briton's Protection pub. She would also prioritise safer, more pleasant active and public transport in Manchester, and encourage the council to ensure that any new builds not only include affordable units but also create space for urban wildlife, such as by incorporating wildflower meadows into their perimeters.
Anastasia is a passionate environmentalist who believes that environmental and social justice must go hand in hand. She believes that the Green Party is the only party which understands that what is good for the planet is good for people too, and the only one which is committed to making the necessary changes in our society for a sustainable and just future.
Didsbury East – Paula Watson
"I grew up in Lancaster and lived in Canada for 3 years before I attended University to do my nursing degree. I moved to South Manchester 2005 and have been part of the NHS here since then. I have a master’s in international relations and, as I am sure many people are, considering how I can make an impact on a bigger scale with climate change and social justice but also in my local community which led me to join the Green Party last year. I love south Manchester and am passionate about the community and the people here."
Didsbury West – Sally Hawkins
Sally is our candidate in Didsbury West. Originally from South Africa, she has called the UK home for the last 16 years and Manchester for the last three. She is an environmental social scientist focusing on overcoming socio-cultural barriers to systemic change and the rewilding of landscapes. This optimism for change is what drove her to become more involved with the Green Party. She currently holds a post as a researcher at the University of Cumbria, where she is also completing a PhD, and is a founding trustee of The Lifescape Project, a charity which aims to protect and restore wild landscapes through interdisciplinary problem solving. She works hard and loves the outdoors and can often be found walking her dog, Buddy, along the banks of the Mersey or working in one of Manchester’s wonderful libraries or cafes.
Fallowfield – Hannah Charter
Gorton and Abbey Hey – Natasha Turner
Natasha is a final year student at the University of Manchester studying Geography. Originally from Manchester, Natasha grew up in Gorton and attended school in Denton. She became interested in the Green Party after learning how unfair the British political voting system is, as well as becoming inspired to get involved after the results of 2016. Her interest also stemmed from her love of geography and desire to protect the planet. Besides studying, Natasha follows Manchester City FC and enjoys spending time with friends.
Harpurhey – Billie Nagle
Billie is a special educational needs teaching assistant living in Manchester. Billie joined the Green party because she believes in protecting green spaces, taking action on climate change & affordable living. Other than the green party, Billie enjoys going to live music events, seeing shows and spending time with friends & family.
Higher Blackley – Vicky Matthews
Hulme – Chris Ogden
Chris is a journalist and media professional who currently works in communications for the Vegetarian Society. He also works as a freelance football commentator. Chris' priorities if elected would include expanding Manchester's supply of social and affordable housing and helping our city's independent artists and venues recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Outside of the Green Party he enjoys playing video games, watching live music, and following the fortunes of Norwich City FC.
Levenshulme – Brian Candeland
Brian has been a member of the Green Party for almost forty years and has lived in South Manchester for the past thirty-six years. Over the years he has represented the Party in elections at local, Parliamentary and European level. He is currently Chair of the Greater Manchester Green Parties Federation. Brian's priorities if elected would include affordable housing, whilst improving the local environment including protecting green spaces. Now retired, his other interests include amateur dramatics and walking.
Longsight – Bernard Ekbery
Bernard has either worked or lived in Longsight for nearly 40 years, six of those as a benefits advice worker in the ward. He is also a former chair of the Manchester Environmental Forum. As well as assisting local residents, Bernard's priorities if elected would be reduction in air pollution from street traffic and the health problems that causes, more truly affordable & social housing and seeing Manchester make faster progress towards its zero carbon climate change target. He enjoys playing online strategy games, is a member of a Manchester writer's group and studies Tai Chi as a martial art, all of which, since retiring, he has plenty of spare time for.
Miles Platting & Newton Heath – Tamara Huber
I am standing as a candidate this year to make sure that the Green Party's policy is manifested here in Newton Heath and Miles Platting.
Reading the manifesto is better than any Hollywood movie I can imagine.
I see the Green Party as THE party that represents my own visions and that I truly believe works. With Green leadership we identify the risks and solve the problems before damage has occurred.
Green policy is a policy for all, it doesn't favour anyone, but what we all have in common. We all want to live with clean air, safe roads, free from crime, and with vibrant working communities.
For example housing: Insulation and Heat pumps installation will gain us independence and energy security and is grateful towards our environment.
And we do get back what we give.
Socially: We want to allow ourselves to build trust in each other, to work side by side, to see the results of a community with integrity, promoting small businesses and therefore investing in people.
Taking first things first, working collaboratively will lead us to a living democracy.
I'm excited about the future. Everyone should be, because all the work that has been done to enable it is fruitful.
Moss Side – Albie Mayo
Albie is a student at University of Manchester, studying Politics and Spanish. He works part-time as a bike courier and is the Co-Chair of the North West Young Greens. If elected Albie would push for the city to transition to net zero by 2025, prioritising electrifying all public transport, providing clean affordable energy to everyone, and adequate insulation for all homes. He backs Universal Basic Income for everyone, and the protection of our green spaces and youth services. Outside of politics, Albie enjoys going on walks around Manchester, watching stand-up comedy and DJing in his spare time.
Moston – Diane Kosandiak
Diane has lived in Manchester all her life and in Moston for the past 26 years. Being part Ukrainian, the last few months have focussed feelings a bit on what is important in life, family, community, principles, all worth standing up for. As a Green Party candidate she wants to promote the values that matter to her, a sustainable future for our children and a fair delivery of services that recognises every Mancunian should expect affordable housing, efficient, integrated transport, care and conservation of green spaces. As your local Councillor she would honestly and robustly represent all the people of Moston and New Moston, from the small businesses on Moston Lane and Broadway, to the individuals and families on Lightbowne Road, St Marys Road and Nuthurst Road.
Northenden – June Buchan
Old Moat – Stacey Wright
Stacey grew up in Manchester along with generations of her family before her and is a proud resident of Old Moat. She joined the Green Party in late 2019. Stacey is a Software Solutions Engineer in the 'day-job' and spends her free time passionately supporting local Green actions and initiatives through the party and has previously worked with other organisations such as 'Manchester City of Trees' and environmental arts curators 'Invisible Dust'. She is a strong supporter of Universal Basic Income, 'supporting local' to reduce emissions and boost local economies such as the Withington Village Framework plans promise, and re-wilding our green spaces to support bio-diversity in our great city.
Piccadilly – Scott Robinson
Scott is co-chair of Manchester Green Party and has lived in the City Centre for 5 years. If elected, Scott would work closely with councillor colleagues to champion residents of the City Centre, and make sure their voices are heard. Whilst development is often centred in the City Centre, Scott would hold the Council to account on the commitment to provide decent affordable homes- not just homes for the wealthy. Scott would also focus on: making sure streets were cleaned; recycling was expanded; and active travel was prioritised in the City Centre. He would also work with Greens across the city to preserve and expand our precious green spaces. Scott would also work with councillor colleagues on increasing the pedestrianisation of the City Centre, as we all recognised the benefit of wider pavements and outdoor seating for local businesses during the pandemic.
Sharston – Catherine Longson
Whalley Range – Laura Potter
Laura is a marketing and campaigns freelancer in the charity sector. She’s worked for Mind, Citizens Advice, as well as the Co-op Foundation here in Manchester. She's lived in Whalley Range since 2021, having spent many years in London and growing up in the South-West of England. She has campaigned for change as part of local parties in these areas, too.
Laura is standing for the Green Party in Whalley Rage because she passionately believes in affordable housing and public transport, as well as protecting our green spaces.
But the Green Party isn’t just another political party. We support a new and radical kind of politics that is far more transformative than you’ll see elsewhere. We’re leading the way on climate action AND an equal society. We believe that threats to economic, social and environmental wellbeing are all part of the same problem, and one of these issues cannot be solved without solving the others too. If not now, when?
Withington – Sam Easterby-Smith
Sam is a creative technologist, software developer, and clockmaker. He has lived in Withington since 2012 and joined the Green Party in 2016.
Sam is particularly focussed on walking, cycling and public transport and ensuring that our streets are safe and livable for people. He is a firm advocate for building sustainable transport infrastructure from cycleways to railways, to achieve our long term climate and mobility goals.
His aims for Withington, Ladybarn, and the city in general are that we make the best of our urban space through building new parks, secret gardens, low traffic residential streets, and the pedestrianisation of shopping areas.