Southampton & District Green Party are standing a candidate in every one of Southampton's 16 wards; giving all Southampton voters a chance to vote Green Party this election.
Here are the candidates you'll be able to vote for on 3rd May:
Joe has held most positions within the party at varying times. He works full time for a Chilworth Science Park based company servicing occupational health equipment and giving support to users.
When possible he continues to cycle around the city and to work. He has an electric power assisted bike which does not add to the particulate pollution currently we are experiencing within the city.
Joe's vision to help Bargate residents includes the following ideas:
Alan has been a Bassett resident for 3 years, and has lived in Southampton and the surrounding area his whole life. He has been a member of the Green Party for several years and is the website editor for the local party.
Ron Meldrum is very knowledgeable and passionate about environmental issues, he lives in Portswood, is a regular cyclist and is keen to help Southampton become a cleaner and less stressful place.
Ron has a B.Sc. in computer engineering. He has spent many years in industry and has good knowledge of the needs of business.
Ron is particularly interested in politics of mental health and education. He believes that part of being Green is being a emotionally a well ground person and would like to see education directed more about personal development, than the ticks in boxes process that children are offered in today's environment.
Duncan McMillan became involved in the 1990s with issues such as the invasion of Iraq, implementation of Section 28, the poll tax and the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act, construction of M77 through Pollok Park in Glasgow before living and working abroad for a number of years. He has lived in Southampton with his wife and children for eight years, studying and working as a teacher in a range of Secondary, Further and Higher Education settings in Eastleigh and Southampton.
Among other goals, Duncan wants to see an affordable and sustainable public transport infrastructure providing improved access to city centre facilities for residents of Hightown, Thornhill, Thornhill Park and other less central areas, whilst contributing to an overall reduction in air pollution.
Lindsey is passionate about fairness, equality in all areas of life, protecting our environment and animal right issues. She believes change is both possible and achievable to create a better, more sustainable society. She works as a life and executive coach and is proud to support individuals in identifying and achieving their goals and ambitions.
Chris is a self-employed musician and teacher. As well as teaching in and around Southampton, he accompanies the local choir the Conchord Singers, as well playing in a couple of bands both here and away. He also volunteers in an independent bookshop.
He is a passionate campaigner for peace, social justice and environmental protection, and has been involved in a wide variety of campaigns over several years, including residents' opposition to a biomass plant in Freemantle, and limits on aircraft noise from Southampton Airport.
Jonathan has lived in the Millbrook ward of Southampton since 2006 after moving here to study, and now works for a local disability charity.
He believes in a fair society that prioritises the wellbeing and health of people and the environment we live in.
Southampton is a great city with a fascinating history and a future full of exciting possibilities. He is proud to call Southampton his home town and would consider it a privilege to serve the community as a councillor.
In his spare time, he enjoys music, art, running, gardening, and eating out.
Nick believes in hope more than fear. He says ' I am a challenger at heart. The status quo is no longer serving us. We have the right to hope for something different. More connection, more fairness, more compassion, more sustainability. We need to think globally and act locally. We should not be daunted by the challenges we face. We can make Southampton a cleaner, fairer, more tolerant place to live. This is a great city; we can make it greater. The Green Party is a movement for what is possible and I am proud to be part of it.'
Katherine Barbour lives in Portswood where she is standing as the Green Party Candidate. Most of her career has been in health and social care and sees the NHS as one of our greatest resources to be protected at all costs. She leads community projects such as making Portswood, Highfield and St Denys dementia friendly and has worked with residents of Kent Road to address the excessive use of HGVs along a quiet residential street. Addressing air quality in the city is one of her priorities.
Chris moved to Southampton in 2004 with his then fiancee now wife Gillian. Their daughter was born here and will be moving up to secondary school in September. He currently works part-time as lab technician while his wife works full time as a teacher specialising in SEN. Issues of education and mental health are very important to us. Improving these will have generational effects for everyone in reducing crime and anti-social behaviour as well as giving children greater prospects, respect and understanding for the world and everyone in it.
John Spottiswoode has lived in Shirley for nearly 30 years, is married with four children and has recently retired. He has been prominent in several local issues. John led the successful citizens campaign to stop the poison fluoride from being added to our water supply and also chaired the cross-party ‘Yes to Fairer Votes’ campaign.
John is very keen to get as much energy generated from solar panels on roofs as is practical. Transport is another priority, especially as air quality is currently a major health problem for those living in our City.
Lyn has been an active environmental campaigner in Southampton since she got her first teaching job here in 1993. She presently co-ordinates Southampton Greenpeace as well as jointly running various other groups, including Southampton Cargo Bicycles (and is a very part-time teacher). She was a joint founder of Southampton Real Nappy Network and Southampton "home" education group. Having never owned a car, her family all cycle to get around the city.
Angela has lived in Swaythling for 18 years. Before retiring she worked at Southampton General Hospital as a Medical Physicist for over 30 years so is well aware of the challenges facing the NHS locally.
She is active as a volunteer in her local community and also runs Southampton Repair Cafe which aims to challenge our throwaway culture. While she believes climate change is one of the most important issues we face, we also need to address chronic problems of traffic congestion and air pollution in the city, and the many social problems arising from poverty and the housing crisis.
Clive is a Centenary Quay resident since 2016 and has previously been both a Town and District Councillor in West Berkshire. He has always been an environmentalist but after doing an OU Environmental Studies degree in retirement he really came to align with the Green Party.
He is a supporter of action for clean air, improved cycling infrastructure, proportional representation and of course, the Stop Brexit, #FinalSay campaigns. The bottom line for us all is consume less and reduce our impact on the environment.
Clive believes that the UK can only prosper and build a strong economy in order to improve our society by staying in the EU, and is absolutely certain that local representation and actions can influence council thinking and decisions.