The leader of the Green Party was in Canterbury last week to lend her support for local parliamentary candidate Stuart Jeffery. Natalie Bennett is backing Mr Jeffrey’s bid to win the Canterbury and Whitstable seat from Conservative MP Julian Brazier. The event in the city was attended by some 40 supporters, who heard Mr Jeffery’s campaign launch speech. He is 46, married with a daughter and lives in Maidstone. He is a director at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford. He spent five years studying at Christ Church University in Canterbury, gaining a degree in nursing. He said:
“In five and a half months we will be part of the most exciting election that I have ever known. Here in Canterbury there is the chance to elect me as Kent’s first Green MP. In this year’s European parliamentary elections we achieved 14% of the vote in the constituency and a huge 18% in Canterbury itself. This was far ahead of the Lib Dem and neck and neck with Labour. We know we can win here, but we have to let people know. Two weeks ago I launched a crowdfunding initiative to raise money for a Green newspaper for every home in the constituency. Within a week, I had hit my target of £1,000. We know we have the best policies of any party. Whether it is holding the bankers to account for the fall in living standards since 2008, or being the only party opposed to fracking. It is our policies that have been shown to be the most sensible and most popular with the public.
Herne Bay Gazette, November 27th 2014