Selby and Ainsty Green Party candidate annouced

Green Party PPC for Selby and Ainsty Ian Richards. (S)
Green Party PPC for Selby and Ainsty Ian Richards. (S)
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The Green Party has announced its candidate for Selby and Ainsty.

The constituency voted in favour of Conservative candidate Nigel Adams in 2010, but Ian Richards, 50, is determined to provide voters with an alternative.

The more people get involved, the more ideas out there, I think the more the government is going to pay attention and make things better.

Green Party candidate Ian Greenberg

Originally from Edinburgh, Mr Richards has lived in Yorkshire since 1987 and currently lives in Selby. He attended the University of Aberdeen, studying computer programming, but left half way through to work in the industry.

He later completed a languages degree in French, Spanish, and Danish at the University of Hull in 2002.

He said: “I would hope to do a good job representing people. One thing I have been asked is whether I would quit my current job and I would. I think MPs should work full time for their constituency.

“I would be campaigning against fracking and the HS2 link, which is affecting people in Church Fenton. I think that is a major waste of money that should be pumped into the rail network but not one specific thing.

“My main concern when I joined the party was the climate and I am worried about what state the planet will be in when my grandchildren are my age.

“But there are a lot of other things that concern me - the austerity measures for a start.”

Mr Richards has generally worked as a computer programmer, starting to write games when he was 16, but also as a decorator and fishmonger before drifting back into programming.

Turning his attention to politics, he said that although he is an outsider he thinks it is important to try.

“To be honest I would say I am an outsider but I am going to be giving it a go. Mr Adams did have a 25 per cent majority in 2010, which is difficult for a new party to overcome, but we are going to try our best.

“In general people are happy to have an alternative. The general reaction has been that this is what people are talking about and it has been a good reaction. I don’t know if that will translate into votes but I hope so.”

Local issues, like road works and wind farms, are also on Mr Richards’ mind.

“The state of the roads is something people have complained to me about and the public transport in the smaller villages is sometimes quite bad. That is something close to my heart as well.

“Mr Adams has been campaigning against wind farms, which is obviously the opposite of what I think.

“The more people get involved, the more ideas out there, I think the more the government is going to pay attention and make things better.”