Local man Terry White has been selected as the Green Party candidate for Rugby to contest next year’s general election.
Mr White, aged 22, lives in Rugby and works in the pharmaceutical industry, after previously being employed in the construction industry.
He is a former Liberal Democrat, having worked in their national office, originally from South London and studied business and economics at the University of Portsmouth.
Mr White said: “While UKIP gets the London media publicity, the Greens are in reality in the forefront of the real positive people’s revolution in this country.
“I joined the Green Party because it champions a citizens’ income and a living wage and our economic policy is the key to creating long-term jobs including building on the skills that still exist in Rugby to turn us into the Green Energy capital of UK manufacturing.”
Mr White has been out with Rugby Green Party to campaign over the threat of cuts to Rugby St Cross Hospital. The Green Party believe cuts are more likely as a direct result of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a treaty between the European Union and the United States.
Mr White said: “People have been telling us they’re concerned about how much of the hospital they’ve lost.
“I haven’t spoken to a single person who uses our hospital that is not concerned that we now have to travel to Coventry for services that we should be able to get from a hospital situated in a town like Rugby.”
Mr White also expressed his concern over the legal power TTIP gives to business.
“No elected government should face the threat of being able to be sued by unelected businesses,” he said.
He added: “Rugby is my community and with new positive Green ideas we can start to repair the damage that has been done by the grey parties and build our town into a safe vibrant place to live.
“I pledge to carry the values and beliefs of the Green Party for the common good for those who live, work and learn in Rugby.”
“I therefore pledge to only take the average skilled wage of people in Rugby and donate the rest of the inflated MP’s wage back to good causes in the local community.”