Eastleigh Green Party has launched thier own ‘mini-manifesto’ which they say should give local voters an idea of the kind of things their Parliamentary candidate Ron Meldrum and their prospective borough candidates will be pushing for if they are elected on May 7.
The Greens say they will try to combat local traffic congestion through reduced car usage with initiatives such as car sharing, and encouraging freight companies to utilise the rails as well as improving cycle ways in the area.
Ron Meldrum says education is on of his biggest campaign issues and the manifesto promises to put emotional wellbeing at the core of schooling and moving away from academic-centric curriculums to ensure that all children’s individualities are catered for.
The manifesto also touches on the top two topics to emerge as key concerns for locals in recent hustings – the NHS and housing.
The Greens feel the critical care hospital development planned for north of the M3 is a concern to many constituents because of the distance. Ron promises to address the GP deficit if elected which is another issue the part says many constituents have raised.
The Green Party has promised to develop more social housing and to do so in environmentally conscious locations and not they say, “by tearing down NHS facilities such as Moorgreen Hospital or building on green spaces such as Stoneham Lane.”
The manifesto also suggests a move to the economic system of ‘Positive Money’ that could help alleviate the perceived strain on local services such as housing, education, and health.
It states those are the policy areas that need to be focussed on as opposed to “blaming migrants.”
Ron Meldrum said in a press release:
“We must not scapegoat already marginalised groups. We are all human, and we all have a right to a good quality of life.”
The document also looks at employment, the economy, defence, climate change, and the Green Party’s controversial drug policy.
The mini-manifesto can be viewed here
The following candidates are also standing in the Eastleigh Parliamentary Election:
Declan Clune – TUSC
Mark Latham- Labour
Mike Thornton – Liberal Democrat
Mims Davies- Conservative
Patricia Culligan -Ukip
Ray Hall – Beer, Baccy and Scratchings
There will be a public hustings for all the Parliamentary candidates next Wednesday, 29 April at Kings Community Church, Hedge End starting at 7.30 pm.