Parish councillor, university lecturer and father of three school-age children, Phil Chamberlain, is standing as the Green Party parliamentary candidate for the North Wiltshire constituency in the 2015 general election.
The North Wiltshire consituency covers Wiltshire towns and villages such as Malmesbury, Box, Royal Wootton Bassett, Colerne and many others.
“There has been growing support for Green Party policies nationally and locally. I’m looking forward to discussing these ideas on the doorsteps of Calne, Royal Wootton Bassett, Cricklade, Malmesbury, Castle Combe and all points in between.
“I’m delighted that people in North Wiltshire will get the chance to cast a positive vote for progressive policies that will benefit the many, rather than the privileged few.”
Nationally, the Green Party is polling neck and neck with the Liberal Democrats while membership has increased by a quarter over the last year. The coming general election has already sparked a surge in interest in the Green Party across Wiltshire.
“Policies such as reversing this government’s ruinous reorganisation of the health service; of bringing the railways back into public control and a wealth tax on the top two per cent have clear public support.
“The legacy of this Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition is the collecting box outside my village shop for food banks. That was never there before 2010.
“The government’s so-called economic revival is built on the backs of poorly-paid part time workers whose rights have been eroded and whose pay packets have stagnated.
“We should be building a sustainable economy based on green jobs which develop skills, reduce our carbon footprint and provide affordable low-carbon energy and homes for all. That’s the positive message I think people in North Wiltshire are asking for.”
It will be the second time Phil has stood in North Wiltshire, having contested the seat for the Green Party in 2010.
Phil, who teaches at the University of the West of England in Bristol, is a proud trade union member and is chair of the Bath branch of the National Union of Journalists. He has been involved in a number of initiatives in his community, from providing social housing to encouraging energy conservation through the action group he helped found, Ecolerne.
You can follow Phil on twitter @phil4northwilts or email him at email@example.com