Tracey Hague has been selected by the Green Party as their candidate for Croydon and Sutton in next May’s London Assembly elections.
The dual-borough constituency has been held by the Conservatives since the first City Hall elections in 2000, with Steve O’Connell, who is seeking re-election, holding it for the Tories since 2008. O’Connell, the Kenley ward councillor, was returned in 2012 with 39 per cent of the vote, when the Green candidate was fifth, polling 6.6 per cent of the vote, the party’s best showing since 2000.
Addiscombe resident Hague has been part of the local Green Party’s leadership team, and stood in the Croydon Town Hall elections in 2014, when the Greens “targeted” Croham ward; Hague polled the best of the Greens, but was still only ninth in the three-seat ward, behind the Tories, Labour candidates, a LibDem and one UKIP candidate.
Hague has served on the Addiscombe Safer Neighbourhoods Team and her residents’ association, and works in the energy and building sector, and is expected to make the Beddington Lane incinerator, on the boundary between Sutton and Croydon, which has recently begun construction, a key part of her campaign.
“London is crying out for a new kind of politics,” Hague said. “People are fed up with our city being run for the benefit of bankers, media moguls and millionaire developers. Only the Green Party is working for the benefit of all Londoners: tackling inequality, filthy air, a struggling transport network and a broken housing system.”
As well as O’Connell, the other candidate so far declared for Croydon and Sutton is Labour’s Marina Ahmad.
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