Green Party announces list of candidates for Euro Elections 2014

17 October 2013


Eastern Region

Rupert Read is the lead candidate for the Eastern Region’s Green Party election. If elected  Rupert would prioritise making the Eastern Region a hub for the energies and industries of the future: harnessing the free energy of the tides, waves, wind and sun; and investing in local transport and in sustainable forms of agriculture.

Rupert Read’s press officer is

Mark Ereira-Guyeris the second leading candidate for the Eastern Region’s Green Party election. He has a Bachelor of Art Honours Degree and a Master of Science Degree and currently works as a consultant. Mark is the Green party's Suffolk county councillor for Tower division in Bury St Edmunds.


East Midlands

Katharina Boettge is the lead candidate in East Midland’s Green Party election. She is a psychotherapist with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Nottingham Trent University and a Master of Art Degree in Integrative Psychotherapy from Birmingham University. She has special interest in and knowledge of social policy, animal protection, immigration, and economics. Wide ranging issues must be addressed internationally. Katharina strongly believes that the European Parliament offers us the opportunities to invest in a Green industry, support communities not corporations, raise animal welfare, regulate the banking sector, build a fairer society, address climate change and environmental destruction.

Katharina Boettge’s press officer is Mike Shipley at


Councillor Sue Mallender is the second candidate in East Midland’s election.

Sue was elected as councillor for Lady Bay ward on Rushcliffe Borough Council in May 2003. And re-elected, with an increased majority, in 2007. She is now the Leader of the Green Group on Rushcliffe Borough Council. Sue has been active in the Green Party since 1983. As a Green candidate for Europe in 1989 she achieved 18% of the vote in the region, and would have been elected as a Green MEP under the new, proportional voting system.


West Midlands

Green Party Deputy Leader, Will Duckworth, (Dudley Green Party) is the lead candidate for the West Midlands region. Will is the first Green ever elected in the Black Country. He spent 30 years working as a mathematics teacher. He was an active trade unionist and has supported the FBU and NUT/NASUWT disputes recently. As a MEP, Will will fight for more control of banks and other financial institutions. He wants to make sure that international companies in the EU are paying tax in the countries where they operate. You can follow Will on twitter at: @WillDuckworthGP

Will Duckworth’s press officer is Scott Redding at


The second candidate is Aldo Mussi (Sandwell Green Party). Aldo worked in the NHS for 12 years and is currently a tutor of Public Health at Birmingham City University. As a former VSO in Malawi, Aldo has a particular interest in international, community, and sustainable development. If elected, Aldo will promote a more sustainable response to the ongoing financial and climate crises.

Aldo Mussi’s press officer is Scott Redding



MEP Jean Lambert is the leading candidate for the Green Party election in London.

Jean Lambert is the Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London. She is one of eight MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.  As a London MEP Jean works tirelessly to connect London and the Parliament. Jean is particularly interested in issues of human rights and equality in all six of the countries covered by the delegation. She has worked to promote social inclusion through Parliamentary action and by raising awareness. Her areas of expertise include Green Party specialist on asylum and immigration. Consequently she was chosen as Parliament's rapporteur (author) on the revision of the EU Qualifications Directive

Jean Lambert’s press officer is Archie Thomas


Caroline Allen is the second candidate for London’s Green Party election.

Caroline is a Veterinary Surgeon with a Master of Art Degree in Zoology and a Bachelor of Veterinary Science Degree in Veterinary Medicine from Cambridge University. She has particular interest in and knowledge of animal protection, food, and farming. Caroline has been active in campaigns including protecting local sports centres and green spaces, for safer streets and responsible pet ownership and against factory farming. Caroline is the Green Party's Spokesperson on animal issues and also has worked on science, food, animal and conservation policy. If elected Caroline  will work hard for London’s residents on  tackling health inequality, Common Agricultural Policy reform- improving access to affordable, healthy food. As a vet,  animal issues, science and small business support are also important issues.

Caroline Allen’s press officer is Matt Hawkins


North East

Shirley Ford is the leading candidate for North East’s Green Party election. She is a school administrator of attendance and has a Bachelor of Art Degree in Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. Shirley works at a local primary school, supporting parents to improve school attendance. She also helps run the community Deaf children's club. If elected Shirley  will work for the reform of the EU in the direction of a "Europe of the Regions", of resilient regional economies, with sustainable industry and agriculture bringing real, skilled jobs with protection for employment rights and stronger environmental laws.

Shirley Ford’s press officer is Nic Best at


Alison Whalley is the second candidate for North East’s Green Party election. She is a welfare rights officer and has a Bachelor of Art Degree in English and Religious Studies from Canterbury University. If elected Alison  will  work towards creating a banking framework to serve the interests of the North East, employment to build a low carbon, sustainable future and environmental, food, transport and workplace policies to improve quality of life.

For more information please contact her press secretary Nic Best at


North West

Peter Cranie is the lead candidate for North West’s Green Party election.

Peter has remained very active in the region, campaigning and standing as a Green candidate in seats in both Liverpool where he lives, and Lancashire, where he works, since then. He is an active Trade Unionist and elected branch representative in UCU as Green Rep. As the lead Green candidate, a vote for Peter will be the best progressive option to unseat Nick Griffin next May. If elected Peter would be committed to standing up for local communities against austerity cuts, fracking and HS2.

Peter Cranie’s Press Officer is Andy Donnelly



Gina Dowding was elected in May 2013 to Lancashire County Councillor, and sits on the Health Scrutiny Committee.  She is a former City councillor and a cabinet member on Lancaster City Council where she had responsibility for partnerships, consultation with the community, and leading key strategic policy work such as LA21 and the Local Strategic Partnership. She previously worked for the NHS as a Health Promotion Specialist for 12 years, a non-clinical post  which involved health development advice; working in a number of settings including universities and prisons; and work with the Healthy Cities Office of the World Health Organisation. 


Gina Dowding’s press officer is Andy Donelly at


South East

MEP Keith Taylor is the lead candidate for South East’s Green Party election.  Keith Taylor is the current Green Party Member of the European Parliament for the South East region, and is the leading candidate in the upcoming election. Keith is very active in the MEP office and is very involved in opposition to shale gas fracturing in the UK, in support of the “Twenty in Plenty” speed limit campaign, in support to end violence against LGBTs, and in commitment to keep the UK as part of the European Union. He is also involved in European Parliamentary Committees for Transport and Tourism, International Trade, International Relations, and Development. Taylor is also a parliamentary member of the Group of the Greens and European Free Alliance.

Keith Taylor’s press officer is Matthew Butcher


Councillor Alexandra Phillips is the second candidate for South East’s election.

The youngest councillor on Brighton & Hove City Council at 27, Alex is a secondary school teacher of French and German. She is an experienced campaigner, with a keen interest in equalities, trade and peace issues. Alex was elected to the city council in a by-election in Goldsmid ward in July 2009, winning our first ever seat in Hove, from the Conservatives and was re-elected in 2011. 'Alex is a Green Party Councillor and Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages. She has worked for Caroline Lucas MEP in Europe, as well as Keith Taylor MEP in the South East constituency. If elected, she will work on LGBT rights, animal welfare and to counter the growing influence of big business in every walk of modern life.


South West

Molly Scott Cato is the lead candidate for South West’s Green Party election. She is a professor of Strategy and Sustainability at Roehampton University. and prominent member of the Green Party of England and Wales.. Molly is the Green Party's Economics Spokesperson.

She holds a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Degree from Oxford University, a Master of Science Degree from Open University, and a PhD in Economics from Aberystwyth University. She has particular knowledge of and interest in economics. For more information please see the website or,  her press secretary Andrew Bell at

Councillor Emily McIvor is the second candidate for South West’s election.

Emily has been an EU policy adviser for many years and will use her experience if elected. Emily works as Senior EU Policy Advisor for the Humane Society International and is a former Director of Policy at the Dr. Hadwen Trust for Humane Research. In 2011 she was honoured to receive the Henry Spira Award for her contribution to EU animal welfare policy. She has been a member of the Green Party for many years and has contested local, national and European elections, and served on the Party's national executive committee (GPEX). The impact of Green MEPs in Brussels and Strasbourg is inspiring, and she looks forward to using her expertise as an EU policy advisor to help add to their numbers in 2014.


Yorkshire and Humberside

Councillor Andrew Cooper is the lead candidate in Yorkshire and Humberside’s Green Party election. He works in energy efficiency business development and holds a 2.1 degree in Politics and International Relations from Staffordshire University. He has particular interest in and knowledge of energy. If elected Andrew will use his position as an MEP to draw in more resources from the European Union to create worthwhile skilled jobs in the energy efficiency and renewable energy sector. Yorkshire and Humberside is home to many manufacturing and export jobs and along with the significant ports of Hull, Grimsby and Immingham, depend on European trade. Greens believe passionately in supporting sustainable local economies but some trade will always move internationally. Andrew would endeavour to ensure  the region is given the resources needed to continue to flourish.

Andrew Cooper’s press officer is Spin Pitman


Shan Oakes is the second candidate for Yorkshire and Humberside’s election.

Shan Oakes, Equality and Diversity Coordinator for the Green Party. Shan Oakes is the Yorkshire candidate for the Green Party’s 2014 MEP election. She received a Bachelor of Art s degree from Leicester University School of Education, a postgraduate diploma in Leadership and Management of Change from Leeds Metropolitan University, and a Master of Science degree in Education for Sustainability from London South Bank University. Shan currently runs an eco-friendly holiday house in York to finance her campaign and to promote awareness of environmental and cultural issues. Oakes campaigns for and is particularly interested in local and organic food and farming, integrated public transport, increased local involvement in community planning, and human rights.

Shan Oakes’ press officer is Spin Pitman

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