Local Elections 2011

Local Elections 2011

Thank you to everyone who voted Green in the elections on 5th May – your vote is appreciated. We are of limited resources and are pleased that in our target ward Jem Bailey (Flackwell Heath and Little Marlow) got 670 votes out of 2800 – a significant near 25% of the vote; and Dave Hampton got 9% of the vote in Marlow South East contesting his first election for the Green Party. Jem is now a local councillor in his parish - an uncontested ward but will enable Jem to continue his hard work on the local issues he has been championing, and his results in the district election are also encouraging for the future.

Nationally the Green Party made significant gains – notably now the largest party on Brighton and Hove City council, and continuing to build on strengths in Norwich, Solihull and Redhill among others, and also more locally to us in Watford and St. Albans.

Here are our candidates for the local elections on Thursday 5th May 2011.

Chiltern District & Parish

Chesham Hilltop & Townsend Ward

Parish:   Townsend

Robert Craig

Rob CraigRobert has lived and worked in Chesham for 13 years; he is a partner in Chesham and Marlow-based a multimedia agency producing websites and other materials for charities, not-for-profit, community groups, educational, and artistic organisations.

Robert's company was responsible for the plasma screen presentation of the 'Carbon Dating' event in Westminster, where 650 Stop Climate Chaos supporters quizzed 60 MPs on their political ideas to reduce greenhouse gases.

On a local level Robert was on the steering group of Chesham in Transition a non-political sustainable communities movement and for some time was the group's Chair, instigating the regular monthly 'Green Drinks' at The Drawing Room in Chesham to bring together like-minded people; he's a member of the Chesham Fairtrade group; and has been involved with Bucks County Council and Chiltern District Council's 'Change For Chesham' – a local campaign which aims to help reduce pollution in Chesham. Living in the centre of town, Robert is well aware of the congestion and pollution in Broad Street. He is passionately concerned about climate change, has attended protests in London, and was instrumental in bringing the influential film 'The Age of Stupid' and guest speaker to the Elgiva Theatre.

Robert is keenly interested in permaculture and his allotment; enjoys playing football, and local walks in the Chilterns with his family.

Chesham Lowndes & Asheridge Vale

Parish:    Lowndes

Phil Folly

Phil FollyPhil is a retired postal manager who moved to Chesham from North West London in 1982 when marrying Kate. Phil is a founder member of the Chesham & Amersham Green Party (1983).

Hugely active in the local community, Phil is a stalwart volunteer for many Chesham groups, which won him the current Chesham Mayor's 'People's Award' last May. Since then he has also become Treasurer of Transition Town Chesham and is an involved in the growing number of events organised by this group, including the local produce market and the forthcoming Green Fair. He is involved with Age Concern/Age UK and helping the elderly with shopping trips.

Phil is a member of the Chesham Environmental Group and for the last 2 years has been the Group's Chair. He is the local Green Party representative on the Chiltern Racial Equality Council; Treasurer for Friends of Lowndes Park, attends the monthly action groups to help maintain the park; is a member of the Friends of the Cemetery, monitoring both the park and the cemetery on a regular basis and picking up litter. Phil is also a member of Chesham over 50's Positive Action Group (COPAG).

Phil is an enthusiastic allotment holder and helps out with many Chesham Allotment Group events, including being the regular quizmaster for people of all ages at the their social events. He enjoys growing flowers, particularly dahlias. To contact Phil please use the website contact form.

Chesham Newtown

Parish:    Newtown

Nick Wilkins

Nick WilkinsAn IT Consultant with over 25 years business experience, Nick has been the Green Party's Parliamentary Candidate for this constituency on three occasions. He achieved the best ever result for a Buckinghamshire Green at a Parliamentary election here in 2005, increasing the Green vote by 50%.

He has been the Chiltern Green Party spokesperson and central figure for over 10 years. In the past he has been involved with the Chiltern Peace and Justice Group (where he helped organise local protest against the Iraq war), Amnesty International, and is a member of the Chiltern branch of the World Development Movement.

When time permits, Nick is also active on the amateur arts scene as an actor, singer, player and one-time director, and has taken part in the Edinburgh fringe. Over the last year he has made appearances with the Chesham-based jazz, swing and blues group "Lou's sextet". He has a passion for classical and jazz piano, which he also teaches in his spare time.  Email: Nick.Wilkins@greenparty.org.uk

Chesham St Mary's & Waterside

Parish:    Waterside

Kate Folly

Kate was a founder member of the Chesham & Amersham Green Party (1983), along with her husband Phil, and has since then always maintained an active role. She has attended many national anti-war protests and campaigned locally on issues such as the positioning of mobile phone masts.

Kate often helps out with actuvties run by Chesham Environmental Group, and is a member of the Friends of the Cemetery (Chesham). She is a keen allotment holder and 'master composter', and loves to share her love of the outdoors with children and get them involved in gardening.



Wycombe District

Wycombe Flackwell Heath & Little Marlow

Parish:    Flackwell Heath

Jem Bailey

Gem BaileyThis is the third time Jem has stood for the Green Party in his constituency, previously standing for Thames in the 2009 county elections, and Beaconsfield in the recent general elections.

Jem has lived in the Thames Valley all his life, moving to Flackwell Heath 8 years ago when he met his wife Niki, a Flackwell Resident for over 20 years, and their three children, who all go to local schools.

Jem is a keen supporter of the local community being a member of the residents association in Flackwell Heath & a member of the transition town movements of High Wycombe & Marlow.

As well as championing a more sustainable national economy, he is a passionate campaigner against the continued bullying of supermarkets in the local area, being heavily involved against Tesco’s plans in Bourne End & the proposed Sainsbury’s site in Flackwell Heath. He is also a keen believer in keeping our locally threaten libraries & post offices open & ensuring local transport services are kept at a priority
Contacts and further information: Email: jem.bailey@greenparty.org.uk

Marlow South East

Parish:    Marlow South East

David Hampton

David is a long time Green Party supporter and has lived in Marlow since 1992 with his wife and children. He is a Cambridge Engineer who spent the first 25 years of his career working wholeheartedly towards sustainability - from within the mainstream (e.g. industry, research and government.)  He refurbished his current house in 2004 to be a highly efficient (nationally and locally recognized) ‘Old Home Superhome’ (link?:  http://www.sustainable-energyacademy.org.uk/superhomes/hyde-green-marlow

A prolific campaigner for climate justice, he is a regular on radio and TV. He also gives counsel over coffee, to CEOs and celebs alike, about their carbon feet. A visiting lecturer at several leading UK Universities, he also does after-dinner ‘stand up’ talks - with climate comedy!

David was founder of the ‘Marlow Low-Carbon Community’ in 2006, and Transition Town Marlow in 2009.  He enjoys exploring how to live a much lower carbon life.  Transition Town highlights include the ‘Ride and Park’ Carbon Cycle (c 170 Marlow people took part) organising Marlow’s first ever ‘Hustings’ for MP candidates in April 2010, the 100 Solar Panel project, and the ‘Echoes’ Pink Floyd community event - to raise money for a solar roof for a local school.  

In 2005 Building magazine awarded him their first ever Sustainability Leadership Award, and he set up on his own (leaving behind the directorship of a London consultancy) as 'the Carbon Coach'. (www.carboncoach.com).

He says: “Stamping out waste is fun, educational, healthy, safe, fulfilling and financially astute. It’s also a ‘random act of kindness’.  This last ‘reason to be cheerful’ is easily missed.  But wasting less feels good - all round.”
Dave Hampton
Contacts and further information: Email: dave_hampton@cantab.net