*Greens Select Ex-Commando as Torbay PPC
Dr Sam Moss, Green Party community activist, Paignton resident, back specialist and ex Royal Marine Commando has been selected to contest the Torbay seat for the Greens at the 8 June 2017 general election.
Following his successful selection at a meeting of local party members, Sam pledged to make protecting local NHS services, improving the availability of quality schools in Torbay, and securing a second referendum on membership of the EU a priority for this general election campaign and, if elected, his work as an MP.
Sam said, ‘It is an honour to represent The Green Party in Torbay and a challenge at a time when people are feeling so uncertain about the future and that events are out of our control. I grew up here and have lived in the area for many years. I`ve witnessed the huge local decline under consecutive governments: the hurt from 5000 job-losses at Nortel in 2001; the haemorrhaging of employment beyond Torbay; the shame of bedroom tax evictions, high rents and benefits sanctions; the tragic loss of mental health services, doctor`s surgeries and our dear Paignton Hospital; and the constant pressure on Torbay`s precious green natural surroundings from a National Planning system designed for carpet-bombing poor quality homes across the country. Now more than ever we have to stand up for what matters and sow the seeds of a new politics.’
‘The Green Party`s priorities for Torbay are: to stand up for renters and ensure that when you rent a home here you feel at home; to stand up for young people with education that`s free; and to stand up for our NHS, our patients, and our doctors by defending health services in Torbay and by using Britain’s wealth to invest in health. The Green Party will always stand up for what matters: for an economy for people not corporations, for a socially just society and for an ecologically abundant world. We encourage everyone to stand with us for a bolder, brighter, better future and to stand up for Torbay.’
Torbay resident, Green Party member and Solar Electrician John Fallon said, ‘It`s very positive and encouraging to have Sam as the Green Party parliamentary candidate. He has the passion, knowledge and experience to stand up for local people as he did by coordinating the successful Residents Saving Victoria Park (RSVP) campaign, as he does as a busy member of the Paignton Neighbourhood Forum for the last five years, and as an active campaigner for many charities and NGO`s inside and outside of Torbay.’
The general election will take place on 8 June 2017. Greens are already well represented in Devon and Molly Scott-Cato is The Green Party MEP for the South West.Follow