Ed Carlisle – Green Party

Ed CARLISLE

Green Party

People everywhere are tired of the same-old politics; we need fresh ideas and fresh blood to help shape our communities, our country, our world. That’s why I got into politics. I’ve lived, worked, and volunteered in south and central Leeds for 15+ years: I love this city. And I joined the Greens because, although they’re a small party, they’ve a big heart and big ideas. They have long fought for a different kind of society: healthier, fairer, more community-focused, more sustainable. Let’s pull together, and start creating a different future for ourselves. Full info at www.edleeds.org.

 

1.  As a registered nurse since 1995 and having left the NHS in 2006 due to burnout because of exhaustion from long-term short staffing, I am now happily working in the private nursing sector – what will you be doing to improve the NHS in order to a) make me consider voting for you, and b) tempt me back to the NHS as a much needed registered nurse?

The Greens have long fought to end the slow stifling NHS privatisation. We’d act immediately to plug the NHS funding gap. We’d loosen managerial control of the NHS by democratising decision-making on services and provision amongst a wide range of staff and stakeholders, and strengthening the hand of trade unions. We’d spread the load away from big (high-cost, high-stress) hospitals – by boosting community health provision, and support for carers. And we’d take wide-ranging action on issues like air pollution, food, community wellbeing, education, and housing – to help create a healthier society, less dependent upon the health service.

 

2.  In a rapidly growing city, how would you ensure the city is more proactive rather than reactive when it comes to developments and the infrastructure around them. Leeds City Council seems to give the green light to many developments of housing or retail parks without any or minimal thought to local infrastructure such as roads, schools and health care.

The Greens are committed to considerable devolution of power and resources – out of Westminster, to regions, cities, and communities. (Like in Wales and Scotland, or Germany and Switzerland.) We’d strengthen the hand of regional and local government – and most importantly, local people (eg via community-led budgeting) – to better shape their communities, and create and sustain the infrastructure they need. (The idea that big business will inevitably do so is wishful thinking.) Finally, we’d especially give powers – over and above big business and government – to communities and cooperatives to lead on development (eg locally-led housing schemes).

 

3.  How do you intend to stop the burglaries, unsociable behaviour etc that’s occurring in the Beeston area now? This is affecting people of all ages, race and religion!

Short term, the Greens would push the police to shift their operations out of ‘mega-stations’ (like Elland Road), into community cop-shops (eg in empty shops). But the Police are actually a pricey and clunky substitute for well-funded youth and community work; eg we’d fund local residents in hard-pressed communities to act as community workers. Prisons are similarly expensive and ineffective: we’d push for a more restorative justice system. (Eg part-funding businesses to employ drug users – hugely successful in Portugal.) Long term, we’re pushing for a four-day working week – to create a more community-centred (and therefore safer) society.

 

 

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