Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw

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Meet Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw - Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Waveney

Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw has been selected by Waveney Green Party members to be their Parliamentary Candidate for the fifth time.

Candidate's statement

I am standing to be selected as the candidate for the Green Party for the Waveney constituency, as I am determined to continue the hard work of our local party and continue to raise the profile of the Green party within this area. I have thoroughly enjoyed the last five years; campaigning for something I believe in and seeing the positive consequences that have resulted.

My election to the newly formed East Suffolk Council and Suffolk County Council two years ago have been highly motivating experiences. I am an enthusiastic and hardworking member of both councils. I have tried hard to embrace every opportunity and this year have become deputy leader of my political group at Suffolk County Council. This year I was fortunate enough to be in a position to put a Climate Change motion to full council, which was almost unanimously voted in. As a parliamentary candidate I will take this dedication and enthusiasm to the next level.

In my community I am well known, with many people contacting me from across the parliamentary constituency for advice on local council issues but also as an advocate for the Green Party and green issues more generally.

I was fortunate enough to be parliamentary candidate for the snap election in 2017, I have significant experience as a public speaker and my contribution to the hustings at that time was well received.

I have an interest as an advocate for young people, finding that they are often underrepresented in political decision making. I have worked hard to make sure I involve myself in local groups and taken up issues where they exist. I have visited all schools in the area and arranged activities to ensure that these young people feel engaged with the political process and know how to become 'change makers' within their community.

I believe we can create a more sustainable and equitable society; I believe that the environmental and humanitarian issues we face 'walk hand in hand'. We can make small and big changes that benefit society as a whole rather than a powerful minority. I strongly believe that grassroots democracy is the solution to the current political disillusion prevalent across the country. My passion for progressive politics has consistently been a large part of my life, from studying Modern History and contemporary politics at university to attending marches and protests.

Aside from these fairly abstract political aims I enjoy living in Beccles with my Husband and two children who both attend local schools. I love the Waveney area, including the wonderful town of Lowestoft and its beautiful beaches. I feel fully connected to the community around me and proud to be a part of it.