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'Green Party stands for more than just the environment'

PUBLISHED: 17:49 31 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 23 August 2010

GO GREEN: Candidate Richard Crawford

GO GREEN: Candidate Richard Crawford

A NEW candidate has put himself forward for the General Election and is keen to stress his Green Party are about more than the environment. Postman Richard Crawford, 47, of Arnold Avenue, Meopham, is fiercely anti-war and is determined, should he be elec

A NEW candidate has put himself forward for the General Election and is keen to stress his Green Party are about more than the environment.

Postman Richard Crawford, 47, of Arnold Avenue, Meopham, is fiercely anti-war and is determined, should he be elected, to push for immediate withdrawal from Afghanistan and a reduction in Government Defence spending.

He said: "I have been with the Green Party for about 16 years, but it wasn't until around 2003 and the Iraq war that pushed me to get more actively involved in politics."

The father-of-three added: "Most people know that the Green Party has strong policies on the environment. What I want is to get across our policies on cutting the fiscal deficit, on creating jobs, on combating poverty, on protecting and improving the NHS and on transforming our foreign and defence policies."

Mr Crawford has stood in four local elections but is fighting for a parliamentary seat for the first time.

He added: "Among our measures to tackle poverty we wish to increase state pensions, increase child benefit, reintroduce the 10 per cent tax band and increase the minimum wage to £8.10 per hour. Furthermore we would work towards the revolutionary aim of ensuring the highest wage in a company does not exceed ten times the lowest wage in that company."

Originally from Northern Ireland Mr Crawford moved to England in 1987 and to Meopham in 1999.

He has worked for a number of charitable organisations including the Samaritans, London Wildlife Trust and War on Want as well as Meopham Scouts.

"That was back before the kids when I had a bit more time," he said.

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