Green campaigner steps up to be counted in General Election
March 22, 2010
A Shinfield councillor is to stand as the first Green Party candidate for Wokingham MP in this year’s General Election.
Marjory Bisset, who lives in the village and is a member of Shinfield Parish Council, will be one of several candidates vying for votes in the Wokingham constituency when the General Election takes place.
Ms Bisset, who is also a governor of Shinfield Infant School, has been an active member of the Green Party for about five years, however has been interested in environmental issues for more than 30 years.
She said: “I realised a long time ago that we cannot continue to use up the earth’s resources and pollute the environment at an ever-increasing rate, nor can we let the population continue to increase ad infinitum.
“The earth is finite and we have to live within our environmental means.
“We should adapt our lifestyles to live in a sustainable way – we can’t have continuous economic growth.”
Ms Bisset is particularly concerned about climate change, describing it as the “gravest issue” faced by people.
She said: “People should not be misled by the cold winter we have just had or the recent disclosures about a few climate scientists’ efforts to massage some supporting data.
“The basic facts of climate change are incontrovertible – amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have increased greatly since pre-industrial times and the increased greenhouse effect is causing significant increases in global temperatures.
“It is human actions such as burning fossil fuels that are to blame.
“We need to fight climate change at every level – personal, local and international.”
Ms Bisset, a keen musician who has played violin in the Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra and sings in two local choirs, wants to see Wokingham join the Transition Town movement.
This initiative involves communities coming together to fight climate change.
Ms Bisset is also concerned to see more openness and transparency in government at a local level.
She believes the views of residents have not been properly taken into account in the current round of development planning.
She added: “Many people think the Green Party is a one-issue party, but this is not the case.
“We stand for social justice – creating a fairer society for all. We believe in putting people first.
“We would protect the NHS against privatisation and improve maternity services and access to NHS dentists.
“We would ensure that every child has access to a good local school.
“We would improve public transport so that it becomes the mode of travel of choice and we would return the railways to public ownership.
“We would strive to create a more equal society, with caps on bonuses at the top and decent incomes and pensions for all. We would invest in initiatives that will create jobs and keep the economy turning.”