At their selection meeting on 3rd May the North Oxfordshire Green Party unanimously re-nominated Ian Middleton to contest the Banbury Constituency seat for the second time.
Ian stood for the Greens in Banbury in 2015 when the Green vote was almost tripled against the 2010 result. The party gained 2686 votes giving them 4.6% of the vote up from 1.7% in 2010. He is a former musician, writer and ethical entrepreneur who spent 25 years in the retail sector building a national high street retail business which moved exclusively online in 2015. He has campaigned in the past for issues as diverse as fair business rates for small businesses to animal rights and now writes on politics, the environment and business for Huffington Post and Retail Week Magazine. Ian Says :
“I’m honoured to have been chosen to stand in North Oxfordshire again. I feel I learnt a lot from the last campaign and I’m looking forward to having a second opportunity to put forward the case for a progressive Green future”
“My priorities for this election are the NHS, Education, Housing, the environment and Brexit”
“Theresa May called this election for purely opportunistic reasons. She claims to offer strength and stability yet throws the country into turmoil just as the clock starts ticking on Brexit negotiations. Whilst our changed relationship with Europe is one of the most important issues we’ve faced for a generation, we’ve also had 2 years to see what the Conservative Party has done to health, education and housing and it’s not a pretty sight.
The NHS in particular is facing an existential crisis with yet another round of swingeing cuts being imposed by further Conservative in the guise of sustainability. Already we’ve seen the results with the closure of full maternity services at the Horton and warnings from the Oxfordshire CCG that we stand to lose hundreds of beds across the county. This may be the last chance to save our wonderful NHS before the Conservatives achieve their ultimate goal of slashing services and privatising what’s left.
Theresa May wants this election to be all about Brexit, I think we should be holding her party to account for it’s appalling record so far. We have a chance to end their iniquitous and self serving reign now, before it’s too late”