General Election 2017: Hackney Greens announce candidates amid vow to be the 'real anti-establishment party'
PUBLISHED: 14:57 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 18:34 11 May 2017
The Green Party has announced its General Election candidates for Hackney - who are vowing to stand up to the political establishment.
Alastair Binnie-Lubbock, candidate for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, and Rebecca Johnson, candidate for Hackney South and Shoreditch, say they can provide a viable alternative to the three main political parties.
A fairer education system and “forward-thinking” energy policies for a sustainable future are some of their main plans.
Launching their campaign at Dalston’s Peace Mural, with Jean Lambert MEP in attendance, Mr Binnie Lubbock said: “Labour do not have the monopoly on good ideas, and this two-party system does not reflect the reality of opinion any more.
“And they need to be challenged – by voting Article 50 Diane Abbott has handed the Tories a blank cheque for their extreme Brexit.”
He pointed to fact Labour-dominated Hackney Council has only committed to divest 50 per cent of its pensions fund from fossil fuels.
Ms Johnson highlighted the need to protect Hackney’s schools: “In our current system disadvantage sets in from early years, so we want to create a more equal education system from the very start and promote education for life.”