Ellie is the Green Party’s parliamentary candidate for North Herefordshire in the 2017 General Election. She’s local, energetic, and principled – and she’s determined to challenge the Conservatives on their damaging cuts and risky hard Brexit. Ellie writes: –
I’m standing in this election because I care deeply about what’s happening in my local area, my country, and the wider world. I’m standing to challenge the harmful Conservative agenda of yet more damaging cuts and a risky hard Brexit, and to promote a positive, future-focused agenda instead: proper investment in public services, strong environmental protection, a thriving green economy that works for everyone, and serious political reform.
I love Herefordshire. I live near Ledbury, and brought up my family here. I’ve spent 20 years working in charities (including VSO, Christian Aid, Concern Universal, and Friends of the Earth) and education (including teaching at the University of Birmingham). Locally, I’ve been a school governor and Home-Start volunteer. I’ve also volunteered in East London tackling fuel poverty, and in Northern Uganda supporting peace-building. I’ve come to realise that to make change happen, you also have to engage in politics.
But we need a fresh approach to politics; one in which everyone’s voice is heard. Our current system is broken. Under the Conservatives we’ve seen massive cuts to funding for schools and vital local services, growing economic inequality, and failure to address major challenges including climate change. I joined the Green Party because I want to stand up against these cuts and failures, and help build a better future for our children.
Ellie lives in the constituency at Canon Frome near Ledbury, on an organic farm. She and her husband Bryn have two teenage sons who attend John Masefield High School in Ledbury and play for several local sports teams. Ellie worked in Hereford for many years for a local charity, and she’s also volunteered locally as a primary school governor, a Home-Start volunteer, and treasurer of a housing association. Ellie has spent 20 years working in charities and education, including co-ordinating a group of MPs in Parliament, tackling fuel poverty in East London, and supporting peace-building in Northern Uganda. She’s also been an academic at the Universities of Birmingham and Sheffield, and she has a PhD in international development. Currently she works for Voluntary Service Overseas. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, hill-walking, and playing in a local folk band.