Local elections
Greens target first council seat

By Rob George 20/04 Updated: 23/04 13:53

Buy photos » Louis Stephen is hoping to win support for the Green Party in Cathedral ward. (s)

WORCESTER Green Party is targeting the St Stephen ward as part of its bid to secure the party's first seat on the city council in May's local elections.

Neil Laurenson will challenge current councillor Keith Burton (Conservative), Matthew Willis (Labour) and the Liberal Democrat's Melanie Allcott at the poll on May 3.

The party has fielded a full set of candidates for the fourth year in a row and Mr Laurenson told the Standard confidence was high among members that the party could be successful.

"We have had no problems finding candidates to stand for the Green Party in all 12 wards up for election," he said.

"If there was 20 wards up for election we would have been able to field candidates in all 20 wards."

Louis Stephen will represent the Green Party in the Cathedral ward against sitting councillor Francis Lankester (Conservative), Lynn Denham of Labour and UKIP's Lawson Cartwright.

Matthew Jenkins will bid to fill the seat being vacated by Coun Mike Layland when he stands in Nunnery against Labour's Richard Bloom, Carl Mason of the British National Party and Neil Monkhouse (Conservative).

Mr Laurenson added: "A lot has changed since Caroline Lucas took her seat at Westminster as an MP for the Green Party.

"We now have our first council in Brighton and we are the opposition in Norwich.

"We hope that we can get a large share of the vote, especially as we are targeting St Stephen's, and we hope we can go one better than last time and win a seat.

"People in Worcester have the chance to vote for a positive alternative to either the Conservatives or the Labour Party.

"This election is not a popularity contest regarding the national Government but about electing candidates that are prepared to work hard for the people of Worcester.

"The Green Party believes that fairness is not just a word to be repeated at election time, but an aim worth achieving," he added.

Buy photos» Neil Laurenson will be contesting the St Stephen ward. (s)

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