20 January 2017
The Green Party this Friday formally announced Darren Hall as their candidate for this May’s Metro Mayor elections in the West of England.
Darren Hall was the Green Party candidate in Bristol West in the 2015 parliamentary elections when the Green Party received a swing in votes of 3 to 27%, one of the most impressive swings in recent history. Darren gained more than 17,000 votes (up more than 15,000 votes from 2010), and knocked the Liberal Democrats into a distant third place.
Welcoming his selection Darren Hall said,
"I am honoured to have been selected by Green Party members from across the Bristol & Bath area to represent them in this role. I passionately believe though that this isn’t about local politics, there is an incredibly important job of work to do. This is about practical, positive change to ensure Bristol & Bath have a prosperous long-term future.
"Our region is home to top quality jobs in design, technology, finance and legal sectors but we have to make sure they are fit for the future, as well as offering opportunities for all those that aren’t currently part of that success story. This position of Metro Mayor is a fantastic opportunity for us to have a greater say in how we direct millions of pounds of investment into the infrastructure, planning and education that can, and must, put local communities first."
He continued, "People want to be able to live somewhere that is affordable, be able to get to work easily and cheaply, and to have a secure, meaningful job so that they can look after their families. Most would also like to be able to do all that in a way that doesn’t ruin the planet. That is what this role is all about, and with my experience as an engineer, as the Director of social enterprises, and as someone who has worked for many years with government at all levels, I feel that I can reach out to communities to go beyond local politics and concentrate on delivering real, positive change."
Jonathan Bartley, the Co-Leader of The Green Party who came to Bristol to make the announcement commented,
"No one can doubt Darren's qualities as a candidate. He has a proven track record in Bristol of convincing tens of thousands of people to vote Green. He has an impressive knowledge of the West of England region understanding the challenges around housing, transport and sustainability that this role will need to tackle."
He continued, "Seeing the quality of candidates that put themselves forward for the Greens it is clear how seriously we are taking this role. Darren is a top-quality candidate and I look forward to joining him in making the case for why only Greens can be trusted in this incredibly important position".
Molly Scott Cato MEP and Green Party parliamentary candidate for Bristol West added,
"Having worked with Darren during his Bristol West parliamentary campaign in 2015 I saw how he reached out to thousands of people, securing 26% of the vote in the constituency.
"He has a natural charisma and an affinity to the neighbourhoods in and around Bristol. As a MEP I can see the need for regional cooperation and planning and I am convinced that Darren, as a Green Metro Mayor, is the right person to fulfil that role."