Gateshead Green Party is pleased to announce that it will be standing in the upcoming General Election. The candidate will be Andy Redfern who lives in Lobley Hill and works on Team Valley.
Andy commented “I am delighted to have been selected by the local party to contest this seat. With a new constituency and no current MP, this is a great chance for a genuine fresh start for Gateshead. A Green vote is a vote to put people and democracy at the heart of the area.”
Originally from Manchester, Andy Redfern has lived in the newly formed Gateshead Constituency for the last 14 years – initially in Low Fell and more recently in Lobley Hill. A committed environmentalist he has worked in sustainable trade since moving to the North East – first for fair trade pioneer Traidcraft and then for Ethical Superstore and Natural Collection. He has also served on the board of Cafedirect and the British Association Fair Trade Shops. He is a regular speaker at conferences on fair and sustainable trade issues. He is a committed vegetarian, cyclist and runner.
Andy believes that so called “New Labour” has locally and nationally let down people. The Green New Deal puts people and the planet back at the heart of policy. He feels it is time to challenge Labour’s hyprocrisy and “corruption” head on and give people a alternative to a party that takes the support of local people for granted.