16 October 2019

There are two candidates from Andover Green Party running for selection as Green Party Candidate for forthcoming General Elections. We'll be holding a hustings meeting at the White Hart, 7pm Thursday 17th October, so you can meet the candidates. We launched online voting yesterday for all party members in NW Hampshire, which includes Andover and some of Basingstoke Green Party areas. The online vote will be open until 21st October. We will announce the results shortly after polls close.

Here are the personal statements, in the form of Section 2 from the application form, answers to a number of relevant questions, from the two candidates, for those who are unable to attend.

Lance Mitchell

About you and what you can bring to the role of candidate.

 Ties to the area

5) Do you live in North West Hampshire? If so, for how long? Otherwise, please say where you live.

I first moved to Barton Stacey in 1976 on an Army posting and have remained attached to the area, on and off, ever since. I have lived permanently in Weyhill and Andover since 2000.

6) Do you work in North West Hampshire or a neighbouring area? If so, where?

I am currently unemployed. My last employment was with a global American IT company, working from home for much of the time but travelling internationally.

7) Do you have other ties to the area which would benefit your candidacy?

I have been an active member of Andover Hockey Club for over 20 years and have played for both Andover and Newbury hockey clubs for over 40 years.

Politics

8) Have you read the Green Party's last General Election Manifesto (2015)?

YES

and do you broadly agree with its philosophy and policies?

YES

The manifesto is available online at: www.greenparty.org.uk/assets/files/manifesto/Green_Party_2015_General_Election_Manifesto_Searchable.pdf

9) Please indicate any significant areas of disagreement:

I would go further on the education policies, which I think are very good. I would like to see the integration of all schooling from an early age, eliminating faith schools altogether. I believe that faith schools encourage divisiveness in society. The introduction of integrated schools in Northern Ireland has been a major contributory factor in the peace process.

10) If you have previously been a member of another political party (or parties) please give details, with the dates of your membership(s) [This information can be useful in media work].

I was a life-long member of the Liberal Party and then the Liberal Democrat Party up until the Conservative – Liberal Democrat Coalition Agreement in May 2010. I left the LD Party on that day and sent a letter to the leader, Nick Clegg, explaining my reasons. I looked for the political party which most closely matched my personal values and beliefs. I joined the Green Party on the same day that I left the Liberal Democrat Party and I have been a member ever since.

Teamwork, experience, skills and time commitment

11) If selected to stand, do you agree to abide by election law, the local party’s election strategy once agreed, and to heed the advice of the Green Party's local and national Election officers?

YES

12) Please outline your campaigning experience as a Green Party member.

I stood for election as a Green Party councillor on the Test Valley Borough Council in 2011, 2015 and 2019. Prior to that, I stood for the council as a Liberal Democrat candidate in 2003 and 2007. I also have experience of campaigning on behalf of our local PPC, Dan Hill, in the 2015 and 2017 general elections.

13) Please outline your campaigning experience / community work outside the Green Party (e.g. community groups, pressure groups)

14) Do you have any particular skills that you feel you could bring to the job, e.g. media experience, areas of expertise and ability to motivate teams of people?

I have served in the Armed Forces for over sixteen years followed by over 25 years working at every level in the IT industry, from programmer up to global executive. I am renowned for being an inspirational leader and team player who can be relied upon for getting the job done. I have a lot of experience in building and leading teams. I am also very experienced in the use of technology and in public speaking, including large, international audiences.

15)  Please indicate the time commitment (approximate hours per week) that you feel you can bring to the role of candidate.

In a long run up to the election:               four hours per week

During the first few months of the year in which the election is held (assuming a May election):     six to eight hours per week.

During the 4 weeks of the official election period:            up to ten hours per week

16) Please list the elections you have contested as a Green Party candidate, and what public offices you have held, and when.

Test Valley Borough Council elections in 2011, 2015 and 2019

17) How long have you been a member of the Green Party?

              Nine years

Support

18) Please give details here of any help and support that you think you will need as candidate that you feel may not be catered for at present. If you have any health conditions which may affect your ability to carry out the role of candidate, please state what particular assistance you might require on that account.

The Andover Green Party and members in North West Hampshire will mobilise and run the strongest campaign possible with our limited funds and resources.

Why you should be selected as the candidate

19) Please make your case, in 500 words or less, as to why you should be selected as the Green Party candidate for North West Hampshire.

I have campaigning experience in the past sixteen years, both for the Liberal Democrat Party and the Green Party (from 2010 onwards). I am strongly behind the entire Green Party manifesto and my main drivers are that our policies should fit well with the global green economy objectives and be in line with slowing and stopping climate change, as well as being in the best interests of the United Kingdom’s future. I would campaign for free higher education for UK citizens, the revitalisation of Sure Start Centres and work towards transforming all schools to become integrated [societies] from the earliest age. I would push for the halting of the privatisation of the NHS and for bringing the rail network back into public ownership. Having lived in the area for most of the past 44 years, apart from periods of military service abroad, I know the constituency and its challenges very well. I am also well known in the area. This gives me a competitive edge to take on the incumbent Conservative MP, who came to the area in 2015 from London. However, I realise that overcoming a Conservative majority of thirty thousand presents a massive challenge, but it only takes a reduction of half of that majority by other Parties to give us a chance. The current political climate means that anything is possible.
I am used to public speaking, communicating with the press and thinking on my feet.


Catherine Hosen

About you and what you can bring to the role of candidate.

 Ties to the area

5) Do you live in North West Hampshire? If so, for how long? Otherwise, please say where you live.

I moved to Andover in 1995 and have lived here ever since.

6) Do you work in North West Hampshire or a neighbouring area? If so, where?

I work in an office in Andover.

7) Do you have other ties to the area which would benefit your candidacy?

I have lived and worked in Andover for over 20 years.

Politics

8) Have you read the Green Party's last General Election Manifesto (2015)?

YES

and do you broadly agree with its philosophy and policies?

YES

The manifesto is available online at: www.greenparty.org.uk/assets/files/manifesto/Green_Party_2015_General_Election_Manifesto_Searchable.pdf

9) Please indicate any significant areas of disagreement:

None

10) If you have previously been a member of another political party (or parties) please give details, with the dates of your membership(s) [This information can be useful in media work].

I joined the Green Party in 2014 having never been a member of a political party previously.

Teamwork, experience, skills and time commitment

11) If selected to stand, do you agree to abide by election law, the local party’s election strategy once agreed, and to heed the advice of the Green Party's local and national Election officers?

YES

12) Please outline your campaigning experience as a Green Party member.

I stood for election as a Green Party councillor on the Test Valley Borough Council in 2015 and have campaigned with the Green Party locally in General, Council and EU elections and for Remain in the 2016 referendum.

13) Please outline your campaigning experience / community work outside the Green Party (e.g. community groups, pressure groups)

Local conservation volunteering with TARCA, butterfly surveys and voluntary surveying for the Watercress and Winterbournes Project.  When my children were small I helped at the weekly Toy Library for several years.

14) Do you have any particular skills that you feel you could bring to the job, e.g. media experience, areas of expertise and ability to motivate teams of people?

IT skills and public speaking as a trained teacher.

15)  Please indicate the time commitment (approximate hours per week) that you feel you can bring to the role of candidate.

I am employed full time and studying part time with the Open University so already heavily committed. Probably 3 or 4 hours a week leafletting in the run-up to a general election.

If I were to win an election and become an MP it would be my full-time job, so I would be fully committed to it.

16) Please list the elections you have contested as a Green Party candidate, and what public offices you have held, and when.

Test Valley Borough Council elections in 2015

17) How long have you been a member of the Green Party?

              Five years

Support

18) Please give details here of any help and support that you think you will need as candidate that you feel may not be catered for at present. If you have any health conditions which may affect your ability to carry out the role of candidate, please state what particular assistance you might require on that account

The Andover Green Party and members in North West Hampshire will mobilise and run the strongest campaign possible with our limited funds and resources.

Why you should be selected as the candidate

19) Please make your case, in 500 words or less, as to why you should be selected as the Green Party candidate for North West Hampshire.

One day I might well really want to do this, but in the current process I am only standing to fulfil the requirements of having a female candidate, to avoid slowing the process down by needing to have a second selection round. My life is very busy with family, work and study commitments so at this time my candidacy is purely “paper”.






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