Local Elections 2009
The Green Party would like to thank everyone who voted for it in the County and European elections. We are delighted that Caroline Lucas received a ringing endorsement for her work in this region by being returned with a 50% increase in her vote.
Her 11% polling was matched in the Bucks County wards where Green candidates stood, including a full slate in Chesham. The need for green thinking from all sectors of the community is greater than ever, and the Green Party looks with great optimism on the initiatives being promoted by groups such as Chesham in Transition and Chesham for Change.
Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (Green Party) for Chesham & Amersham
7 Cherry Tree Walk, Chesham
Our candidates were as follows:
Phil Folly – Candidate for Chesham North-West
(Asheridge Vale, Lowndes & Ridgeway)
Phil 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).
Phil is an active member of the Chesham Environmental Group and for the last year 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, and 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 an active member of Chesham over 50's Positive Action Group (COPAG), and has recently joined the steering group of Chesham in Transition.
Hugely active in the local community – Phil is also an enthusiastic allotment holder and particularly enjoys growing dahlias.
Nick Wilkins – Candidate for Chesham East
(Newtown, Hilltop, Townsend & Vale)
An IT Consultant with 25 years business experience, Nick is the Green Party's Parliamentary Candidate for this constituency. He has fought two previous General Elections, on each occasion increasing the Green vote by 50%.
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.
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.
Jem Bailey – Candidate for Thames
Jem has lived in the Thames Valley all his life, moving to Flackwell Heath 6 years ago when he met his wife Niki, a Flackwell Resident for over 20 years.
Married with 3 children, he is a keen advocate of all things Green, being involved with the Airplot campaign against Heathrow's 3rd runway and the GM food debate.
Locally, he continues to speak out against a "Tescopoly":- a hard-fought campaign to stop Tesco's relentless attempt to open a store in Bourne End that threatens to destroy a vibrant community.
Jem is a keen gardener and can often be found on his allotment or out with family and friends around the Chilterns.
Robert Craig – Candidate for Chiltern Ridges
(Ballinger, Bellingdon, Chartridge, Cholesbury, Hawridge, Little Missenden, South Heath & The Lee)
Robert has lived and worked in Chesham for 11 years; he is a partner in millipedia; 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 is on the steering group of Chesham in Transition a sustainable communities movement; 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.
Robert is keenly interested in permaculture; enjoys playing football, and local walks in the countryside with his family.
Tony Abbott – Candidate for Chalfont St Peter
Tony has been principal veterinary surgeon at the Greenwood Veterinary Clinic in Chalfont St Peter since 1995. During this time he has worked to introduce responsible business practices to the clinic by installing solar panels, encouraging the workforce to reduce, reuse and recycle, and to use only fairly traded products where possible. He is chairman of a charity, Help for Children in Uganda, which gives vulnerable children better access to education and health resources in Uganda's Ssese Islands.
Tony regularly organises street stalls for Compassion in World Farming and is an active member of Chiltern Vegetarian Society. He also enjoys cycling and yoga.
Tina Kamei – Candidate for Chess Valley
(Ashley Green, Cheinies, Latimer, St Mary's & Waterside)
Tina is an experienced candidate for the Green Party and has recently moved in to the Chenies area – we are pleased to welcome her as one of our local candidates. Her biography will follow shortly.
Published and promoted by Phil Folly, Chiltern Green Party, 16 Essex Road, Chesham, Bucks on behalf of Tony Abbott, Jem Bailey, Robert Craig, Phil Folly, Tina Kamei and Nick Wilkins all of Chiltern Green Party, 16 Essex Rd, Chesham, Bucks