Green Party Selects General Election Candidates for MK

Jan 25, 2023Front Page News, News

In the next general election Alan Francis will represent the Green Party in Milton Keynes North and Joe French will represent the Green Party in Milton Keynes South. Both are long time Milton Keynes residents with a commitment to campaigning on environmental issues.

Joe French has lived in Fenny Stratford for five years, where he works as a self-employed project management trainer, and has professionally helped hundreds of organisations in Government, the NHS, and the private and charitable sectors to overcome their challenges over 17 years. He is also a musician, and runs a children’s folk dancing group which has appeared on national television. 

Joe French said:

“With global warming and loss of biodiversity, we face the two greatest ever threats to humanity, which require urgent, focused and effective action. At the same time, we are suffering from a cost-of-living crisis, crippling strikes and an NHS which has reached breaking point. This is all presided over by a Government which has barely managed itself in recent years, let alone the country. It is time for a radical change of direction. I would be honoured to be MP for MK South and use my skills and experience to help bring about climate action within a fairer, more equal society, for the benefit of everyone in Milton Keynes.”

Alan Francis has lived and worked in Milton Keynes for over 40 years. He was a computer graphics researcher at the Open University and has been a transport consultant. He has been a Green Party candidate in ten previous general elections and is a member of New Bradwell Parish Council. He has campaigned for the East West Rail Link and against the East West Expressway and has opposed large-scale housing developments on greenfield sites around Milton Keynes.

Alan Francis said:

 “I am delighted to be standing as the Green Party candidate for Milton Keynes North again. While this election will be mainly about the cost of living crisis, we must also deal with the Climate Emergency and halt the Tory cuts to public services.

The next government must tackle the Climate Emergency and must urgently put in place policies to ensure that the health of the planet and and all who live on it is protected. We need a Green New Deal to provide sustainable jobs, housing, education and healthcare. The Tory cuts and bad management over the last decade have had a disastrous affect on Milton Keynes residents, leading to more poverty, ill health and homelessness. We must reverse the cuts and create a more equal society where everyone has access to basics such as food, warmth and a home.”

Popular Green Party policies include:

  • Halting the austerity cuts that are hurting everyone except the super-rich 
  • Keeping the NHS in public hands
  • Bringing the railways back into public ownership 
  • Keeping education free for all and scrapping tuition fees
  • Taking action on climate change to protect our planet
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