News just in that Penny Kemp is standing in Folkestone and Hythe is very welcome. Penny is a staunch Green Party campaigner and former national chair of the party. She has fought the nukes at dungeoness for over 25 years.
That makes 11 candidates across the county - sorry if you are in an area where there is no candidate...
Also this is out from Penny on the 24th anniversary of Chernobyl:
Penny Kemp, Green Party Candidate for Folkestone and Hythe, on behalf of all 11 Green Party General Election Candidates in Kent and Medway asks voters to remember Chernobyl, before voting for the two major parties who both favour building new nuclear power stations. Monday 26th April 1986 was the date of the Chernobyl disaster. Penny obtained a special commendation from the UK Ambassador for Belarus for promoting awareness of Chernobyl, which had serious environmental on human effects upon that country. Penny says:
“It is important to remember the Chernobyl disaster. No other industry has the capacity to create catastrophic accidents that blight entire regions. At the time of the accident, 50 people died and 4000 more are forecast to do so out of 600,000 who were significantly exposed to radiation. In forgetting Chernobyl, and forgetting the Windscale (now Sellafield) accident of 1957, our two major political parties are ignoring the chequered history of nuclear power.
“But the main reasons for rejecting nuclear are economic. Nuclear power is more expensive than any other energy technology since it requires the storage of nuclear waste for up to 250,000 years. By 2006, the total liabilities of the UK nuclear industry had reached about £160 billion. Continuing a nuclear industry will just add to this.
“Energy efficiency and safe, renewable energy sources can meet all our energy needs. So we do not need Dungeness C, or a new coal fired power station at Kingsnorth. Useful, long-term employment can be spread throughout Kent and Medway by focusing on the delivery of energy efficiency to all buildings coupled with solar water heating and solar panels.”