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Greens aim high in Sheffield

Teacher Peter Garbutt and Rita Wilcock are Green candidates for Sheffield Hallam and Sheffield Heeley

Teacher Peter Garbutt and Rita Wilcock are Green candidates for Sheffield Hallam and Sheffield Heeley

  • by Ellen Beardmore
 

The Green candidate who will take on Nick Clegg at next year’s general election has been chosen.

Teacher Peter Garbutt, former chairman of Sheffield Green Party, is the candidate for Sheffield Hallam.

Rita Wilcock has also being chosen as the party’s candidate for Heeley.

The constituency will have a new MP as Meg Munn is stepping down.

Heeley resident Mr Garbutt, who works in Attercliffe teaching maths and English to young refugees and stood as a council candidate in Gleadless Valley at the local elections, said: “Greens are for investment in jobs to reduce household fuel bills and to combat climate change, and the protection of the NHS and other public services.

“Conservative, Labour and coalition governments have failed the people badly over the last 35 years. It’s time to vote for a party that puts people first.”

Community health trainer and disability campaigner Ms Wilcock also stood in council elections for the Dore and Totley ward.

She said: “I’m delighted to be standing in my home constituency.

“Voters will have the opportunity to vote for a greener future, where jobs in renewable energy, insulation and green technologies will combat climate change and fuel poverty.

“And for a society with fairer taxation and a clampdown on tax avoidance to fund essential public services - health and social care, education, transport, housing and welfare.”

 

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