THE Green Party have announced their debut Parliamentary candidate for Woking ahead of the May General Election.
Martin Robson, 49, makes history as the first man to be put forward by the party to contest the borough’s seat. He has lived in and around Woking for almost 20 years, and works as an IT delivery manager in Farnham. In his spare time he teaches scuba diving at a local centre in Send.
Although he has not previously been involved in politics in the area, he joined the Green Party last year, seeing it as a real alternative to the ‘business as usual’ parties.
He said: “I think it is really important that the people of Woking have an opportunity to vote for a real, progressive alternative to the continued prioritisation of economic growth that benefi ts an ever-shrinking percentage of the population.”
He believes the gains of the few come at a cost to the many, adding: “This growth is at the expense, not just of the environment, but of the wellbeing and living standards of the vast majority.”
Environmental protection is clearly high on Mr Robson’s agenda. He said: “We are told that we can’t afford environmental protection or decent healthcare and yet FTSE 100 directors’ pay has rocketed by 21 per cent in the past year, while average wages in the UK have failed even to keep up with inflation.
“We are told that continuing austerity is essential to avoid leaving future generations with huge financial debts, but what about the environmental debt we are leaving for future generations all over the world?”