5 January 2017
In an online ballot of its members, Tonbridge & Malling Green Party has chosen April Clark as its candidate to fight the next General Election - whenever that comes!
April joined the Green Party in January 2015 as part of the 'Green Surge'.
She says: "With the Tories sweeping into government and a Brexit referendum based on outright lies (not to mention certain events across the pond!) the rise of the 'alt-right' is marching on. More than ever we as Greens have a responsibility in Tonbridge & Malling to show voters that there is a viable, positive alternative to the divisive rhetoric of the Tories.
"Unfortunately it is currently nigh on impossible for us to win our seat because of the voting system. However we can still make an impact by challenging the status quo - in local media, social media, on the streets, on doorsteps and in hustings - getting the word out that austerity is not inevitable, that the NHS must remain in public ownership and be funded properly, that affordable housing to buy or rent is a right not a privilege and that our environment is a precious resource to be protected not exploited. And we must continue to campaign for proportional representation - so that Tonbridge and Malling can vote for what they believe in, and all our votes can count."
April was born in Australia and moved to the UK 12 years ago (she has dual Australian & British citizenship). She has lived in central Tonbridge since May 2008 and works full time in London in the Financial Services industry, as an HR Director.
In 2015 April helped establish a new branch of the WI in South Tonbridge, attracting over 150 local women to the launch event. The group continues to thrive, with a diverse range of ages and backgrounds (www.southtonbridgewi.com)
Until recently, April was Vice Chair of a national disability charity, Attitude is Everything, which aims to improve access for deaf and disabled fans and artists to live music (www.attitudeiseverything.org.uk)
April served a term on the Equality and Diversity Committee of the Green Party of England and Wales, whose remit is to improve diversity and inclusion within the national party itself for women, people of colour, LGBTIQA people, people with disabilities and other under-represented groups
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