6 April 2018
Bradford Green Party its strongest ever local election campaign with hopes of increasing the number of Green councillors in Bradford.
Councillor Hawarun Hussain, who was first elected in 2004, has once again been selected to defend her Shipley seat and Green candidates have been selected for every ward in Bradford District.
Hawarun has said: “I am delighted that I have been chosen to be the Green candidate in the upcoming elections. I have really enjoyed my time representing the people in Shipley over the last 14 years.
“Our priority as Green councillors is to do all we can to protect our local services from government spending cuts – local elections are not about national politics – they are about doing what is best for our town and the people that live here.
“I am especially proud that the Green Party here in Bradford is leading the way on gender balance and trying to increase the representation of women in our political institutions – 16 of our 30 candidates this year identify as female.”
This comes as the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) calls on the UK Government to enact legislation which would require political parties to report on their 'gender gap' of election candidates.
Matt Edwards, the Campaign Co-ordinator in Bradford - who will be standing in Tong Ward again this year - has said: “Green councillors are hardworking and this is demonstrated in the real difference they make in their local community.
“One more Labour or Tory councillor – who will just be told what to do by party bosses – won’t make a difference. Greens are free to do what is best for the people they represent.
“We have called for tough action to tackle the air pollution crisis here in Bradford and for an end from the unsustainable drive to build more and more houses on our green spaces”
Nationally, the Green Party will be contesting more seats than ever before and hopes to have a Green on every council.
Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party, has appealed to voters to choose a Green to stand up for their community instead.
He said: “Across the country councils have forgotten the people they are meant to serve.
"From Lambeth council planning to demolish residents homes to Sheffield sacrificing the natural environment to private contracts, one party state councils are riding roughshod over the wishes of their communities.
“In these local elections people have the choice to add one more Labour or Tory councillor to already complacent councils - or choose a Green who can change everything.
“Greens will always be a bold, brave voice standing up for local communities and challenging the status quo. One Green has the power to transform a community.”