Leandra Gebrakedan, who is a part time charity and youth worker, as well as a poet, has been announced as the Green Party candidate standing in the Birchills – Leamore by – election for Walsall Council, which has been called for later this month following the death of long-serving Labour Councillor and former Mayoress Joan Barton last month.
Ms Gebrakedan, who lives in the ward and has been a party member for two-and-a-half years, is keen to both represent her party’s ideals and help local people, and recently contacted The Bloxwich Telegraph to raise her profile in the area by announcing her candidacy online in advance of the election.
The Green Party of England and Wales is a prominent political organisation with a major environmental agenda, and made progress in England and Wales in the last general election. The party’s most high profile UK member is Caroline Lucas, the party’s leader and their first and only UK Member of Parliament. She was elected for the Brighton Pavilion constituency in 2010.
The party has its own distinctive ideas on policy for Walsall as well as the wider world.
In Walsall, the Green Party would like to see:
- Improved public transport, with better journey opportunities in the evenings, more cycling facilities and the reintroduction of the Walsall to Wolverhampton rail link.
- Walsall was promised an express bus service as a replacement for this rail service but this has never arrived and they would push for this to be introduced too.
- Encouragement of small businesses and local shops and markets, as opposed to out of town developments and hypermarkets.
- Provision of affordable housing in the right places and improved insulation for all homes.
Aims of which many in the electorate would no doubt approve.
Leandra Gebrakedan has a presence on Twitter: https://twitter.com/purplelionness
The by-election will be held on Thursday 22 December. Polling starts at 7am and ends at 10pm and the count will start soon afterwards in Walsall Town Hall.
Wednesday 7 December (next week) is the last day for new applications to vote by post and Wednesday 14 December is the last day for new applications to vote by proxy.
Election details available so far, including full particulars of the above candidates, may be downloaded from the Walsall Council website.
Watch out for our Election Report in due course.