15 November 2019
Ken Huggins Selected for North Dorset
Ken says "I'm honoured and delighted to have been selected as the Green Party candidate for North Dorset in what will be the most important general election of all time ! We've just wasted 3 precious years arguing over Brexit instead of dealing with the vastly more important issue of climate change and the destruction of the natural world. The five-year term of the next Parliament will cover half the remaining time the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has given us to prevent runaway global warming. The next UK government will need to take the issue far more seriously than our present government has done."
Ken will run on the platform of urgent and appropriate action on the climate and ecological crisis; resolving Brexit through a referendum on any proposed settlement with the EU; genuinely affordable local housing and the creation of green jobs.
He has lived in Dorset for 11 years and been a parish councillor since 2013 working on projects such as turning neglected parish land into wildlife habitat and assessing local green spaces for protection under a Neighbourhood Plan. He is also co-organiser of a Dorset environmental group and transition project.
Ken joined the Green Party in 2014 because of his growing awareness of the negative influence of corporate & vested interests in UK politics, and the failure of the political system to represent the whole electorate. He is deeply concerned at the total inadequacy of present government policies to address the crises of climate change and environmental destruction.
As an MP Ken would seek to implement Green Party policies that work for the common good. The climate and ecological crisis would be his top priority, including the development of a genuinely sustainable local economy, the provision of genuinely affordable low-energy housing, better funding of public services and transport, and aiming to make Dorset the first county to be 100% powered by renewable energy. He is totally opposed to fracking, because of the huge environmental damage and health risks entailed, and he would seek to have all Council funds divested from fossil fuel industries.
Ken considers farming to be the single most important occupation of all, and one that has not been appropriately supported. The UK relies too heavily on imported food, and many modern farming practices have played a large part in the degradation of the environment and contributed to climate change. Ken would work hard to reverse this, with particular attention given to supporting smaller scale farmers and enabling them to adopt the organic forms of farming that are needed to address the ecological crisis.