Ed!

Hello. This has been the website for my/our local (city council) election campaigns in central Leeds in 2015 and 2016 – but is now set to become the site for my/our campaign for the snap General Election due on Thursday 8th June 2017. Bear with us whilst we overhaul it with a national (parliamentary) focus; and feel free to have a read now anyway, then come back again! Thanks.

I’m passionate about Leeds and its communities – and over the past 16+ years, I’ve worked with a wide range of people to help make good things happen here. I’m forever inspired by what’s possible when different people talk and work together, and the change this brings about in our communities.

Until a couple of years ago, I’d never been involved in ‘politics’ – but I love this city, and (like many people) was increasingly fed up with the poor state of politics in our communities. There are some great people in politics – yet too often, that world seems distant, inactive, combative, irrelevant.

So I stood in the local (city council) elections in May 2015, and again in May 2016. Huge thanks to all the many different people who worked with me on the two campaigns, and who voted for me – and for all the incredible encouragement from friends and strangers alike. Both years, we/I came a strong 2nd, with thousands of votes, and a growing share of the vote (23% in 2015, 27% in 2016).

Elections are only part of the solution – so we’ve not gone anywhere. I and the great people around me remain out and about in these communities year-round: working and talking with local people, groups and businesses to tackle day-to-day issues (highways, waste, schools, volunteering, housing, campaigns, and much more), and make things better around here.

Now this General Election has been sprung upon us – and I’m honoured and daunted to have been elected by the Green Party as their candidate for Leeds Central. Over the next 7 weeks, we’ll be presenting our case for why you – the good people of this constituency – should consider backing me to become your next MP.

In the meantime, click here to find out about what I’m involved in (eg projects like the Holbeck viaduct and Repair Cafe). Click here for more on the Green Party. And click here for more on the giant community manifesto, which is very locally focused but which in many cases relates to the bigger national issues. Then full website updates coming soon.

Many thanks for listening, watch this space, and please get in touch anytime. Let’s go!