Election 2017: Green Party’s Hornchurch and Upminster candidate says election is ‘more than just Brexit’

PUBLISHED: 18:30 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:53 09 May 2017

Green party candidate for the Hornchurch and Upminster constituency Peter Caton. Picture: Peter Caton

Green party candidate for the Hornchurch and Upminster constituency Peter Caton. Picture: Peter Caton

Peter Caton

The Green Party has selected its candidate who will fight in the general election to represent the Hornchurch and Upminster constituency.

Father-of-two Peter Caton, 56, of Upminster, says the election on June 8 should be about “far more than just Brexit” after he was chosen to stand for the Green Party.

“I am standing for the Green Party, because I believe that protecting our planet, its people and wildlife is the most important issue that mankind faces, and because I believe that we need a society and economy that are fair to everyone”, he said.

“I am a firm believer in all forms of equality, improving public transport, supporting local shops and small businesses, support for science and technology, dealing effectively with the increasing problems of homelessness and preventing cruelty to animals.

“This election should be about far more than just Brexit, but I support allowing the people to have the final say on EU membership, with a ratification referendum based on the best deal which our government can negotiate.”

Peter has thrown his hat in the ring after Dame Angela Watkinson, who served the constituency since 2001, announced she was not going to seek to be re-elected in June.

It was announced by the Conservatives that Julia Dockerill, a councillor for Tower Hamelets since 2014, will be standing for the party in a bid to win over the constituency.

Havering Ukip councillor in Harold Hill Lawrence Webb, is also in the running to be elected for Hornchurch and Upminster.

As a member of several environmental groups, owner of a company that manufactures water-based adhesives and part-time author, Peter keeps himself very busy and wishes to dedicate more of his time to the community.

He said: “Locally, I would push for improved bus services, a more effective and less damaging alternative to Thames Crossing Option C, reduced business rates to help shops, protection of our precious Green Belt and for more social housing.

“I believe that no vote is wasted and that every vote the Green Party receives is important as a demonstration of concern for our environment and for social justice.”

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