As the Elections approach Effingham Residents Association website editor invited local candidates to say a few words about themselves and the issues. Here is the response from:
Green Party Parliamentary Candidate Jacquetta Fewster
Parliamentary Candidate for the Green Party, Mole Valley
• What is your motto/philosophy for life?
Smile (and it’s true – the world smiles with you).
• Which person, dead or alive, do you most admire?
• What are your views on the Green Belt?
We have more development and fewer areas of countryside than any other region outside London, our
roads are already congested, Surrey’s air pollution is the worst in the South East, and the countryside is vital for wildlife and ‘eco system services’ such as water absorption and flood prevention. That is why the Green Party stands up for the Green Belt. Other parties may say they back the Green Belt too, but they don’t always live up to the pledge. The Mole Valley MP, Sir Paul Beresford, supported the development of the
millionaires’ golf course on Cherkley’s ancient chalk grassland, for example.
• How would you protect the Green Belt but provide urgently-needed
The regeneration of other regions in the UK is fundamental to this. The South East is where most of the jobs are, drawing people away from communities elsewhere. Greens would end the Right to Buy which has pushed house prices sky high, and build 500,000 social homes, concentrating on previously developed areas.
• What trait do you most admire in others?
Spotting the one thing that will really make a big difference.
• What’s the worst job you’ve ever done?
I was suspended from the high branches of a tree on a freezing Halloween night pretending to be a
• What do you consider your greatest achievement?
The part I played in helping to ensure the South Downs received National Park status, giving the special landscape the protection it deserves so that everyone can enjoy it forever.
• As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
• What do you love / hate most about your proposed constituency?
The thing I love most about my constituency is how beautiful it is. What I hate about it most is the pressure it faces – from development and traffic congestion.
• What is first on your list to change / do if elected?
Insulate thousands of homes. 31,100 excess deaths are caused because of cold homes in the UK: a shocking statistic.
• What is your greatest fear?
Rich countries don’t tackle climate change until it’s too late.
• What’s your favourite book?
To Kill a Mockingbird
• What will you do if you are not elected as MP?
I work for a cancer charity, helping people affected by cancer get active through walking, so I’ll work to spread that message further.