Green Party announces general election candidates for South Shields and Jarrow

Green Party candidates Shirley Ford and David Herbert.
Green Party candidates Shirley Ford and David Herbert.
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South Tyneside Green Party has announced its Parliamentary candidates for the 2017 general election.

Shirley Ford has been selected as the Parliamentary candidate for South Shields, while David Herbert will stand in the Jarrow constituency.

Green Party candidate Shirley Ford is hoping to make it third time lucky.

Green Party candidate Shirley Ford is hoping to make it third time lucky.

Mum-of-one Shirley, a school worker, is hoping it will be third time lucky, after standing in the 2010 and 2015 elections.

She said: "I am delighted to have been selected by our local party to fight this election here in South Shields.

"This is my home and I am standing up for what matters.

"People are telling me that what really matters are real jobs for themselves and their families, our hospital and many other public services being under threat and our schools having to charge to make ends meet.

David Herbert is standing for election for the second time.

David Herbert is standing for election for the second time.

"I hear so many times that voting doesn’t matter, that your vote here doesn’t count, but every vote does make a difference if we stand together for the common good."

David, who is retired, is no stranger to the campaign trial either, having stood as the Green Party's first-ever Jarrow candidate at the 2015 election.

He said: "It's great to have the chance to tell people about the green opportunities presented by Brexit and the chance to really take back control for everyone's benefit.

"For a safe environment with clean air to breath, decent affordable housing and people earning enough to feed their family.

"The jobs of the future are in renewable and sustainable industries such as electric vehicles, solar and wind energy.

"Jarrow is in a great position to take advantage of these opportunities, but only if our political leaders take up the challenge."