Isle of Wight Green Party candidate shortlisted for MEP election

In case the UK takes part in a European Election on 23 May, the South East Green Party are selecting their candidates. Isle of Wight’s Vix Lowthion is in the running for one of the ten places.

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Isle of Wight Green Party’s parliamentary candidate, Vix Lowthion is now in the running for selection of the South East Green Party’ MEP candidates.

The South East Green Party Website reveals the names of 22 candidates hoping to be selected for one of the ten places, should the UK take part in European elections on 23rd May.

The Website reads:

In case there is a European election on 23 May, we are selecting our Green Party candidates in South East England. 22 people are competing for 10 places.

Green Party members in SE England will be receiving electronic or postal ballots to rank people in an STV ballot.

A series of online hustings (five) will take place over the next week or so. We’ll keep you updated.

Who is Vix Lowthion?
As well as being the Isle of Wight Green party’s parliamentary candidate, Vix Lowthion, has also been the national party’s Education Spokesperson since 2016.

She lives on the Isle of Wight with her three sons and teaches at the Island Innovation IV Form campus in Newport.

The SE Green Party Website shows Vix’s entry as:

Never in the last two decades of UK Green MEPs have we needed to send more Greens to the European Parliament; and yet at this moment of constitutional and climate crisis, we face the isolation of Brexit.

The planet is burning: every day we see more news of extreme weather events – floods and winds and droughts. And the people are beginning to rise up: on the streets with groups such as Extinction Rebellion, and in living rooms thanks to the testimony of David Attenborough. The scientists and the United Nations are clear: we have 12 years left to save the earth. As councils across the country declare a Climate Emergency, the EU Elections in 2019 should be returning a record number of UK MEPs to continue the inspiring work of Jean Lambert, Caroline Lucas, Keith Taylor and Molly Scott Cato. It’s difficult to reconcile the desperate need of our planet for Green voices, with the drawbridge pulling up of Brexit. But maybe, just maybe, a delay will allow for MEP elections, and as a party we have to be prepared.

It would be an incredible opportunity to build on the courageous work of our wonderful MEPs, and I believe I have the skills and experience to do so. On the Isle of Wight, I have stood up for environmental and social equality in two elections to be the Island’s MP and we have grown the vote significantly from 900 to almost 13,000 votes. I have campaigned against fracking, fox hunting and public service cuts, and for peace, refugees, migrants and the LGBTIQA+ community. As a party spokesperson on Education since 2016, I have appeared on national TV, radio and in the press to fight to put on the agenda those issues which other parties ignore: child-centred learning, publicly accountable schools, and prioritising well-being as the way forward for children and adults alike.

On the continent, like many I have been enthused by the spirit and resolve of Greta Thunberg. I was recently in Brussels when young people marched with her through the city and she addressed the politicians, telling them to ‘just listen to the scientists’! I’m also inspired by the civil liberties work of Dutch Green MEP Judith Sargentini and her report to the European Parliament to trigger Article 7 against Viktor Orban’s Hungarian government’s breaches of EU core values. Although the EU is far from perfect, for many years I have been encouraged by the determination of MEPs to speak truth to power and to build a better Europe. I have learnt from the best!

Our challenges of the future – economic disadvantage, political extremism, social inequality and the crisis of climate change – can only be tackled effectively on a global and continental basis. We have no time to waste. The EU is not perfect, but it provides opportunities for beneficial and lasting solutions: I would relish being a part of it as a Green MEP for the South East of England.

Thursday, 21st March, 2019 9:43am

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colinteller

A petition to revoke Article 50 is going bonkers today!

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/241584

middling
It was at 40,000 yesterday afternoon when I signed and has jumped over 600,000 signatures since. May’s unhinged rant on TV last night really lit a fire under people. I don’t think people realised just how truly deranged she is and how willing to destroy the country in order to get her way. It really opened a lot of people’s eyes to the dangerous situation we’re all… Read more »
Mark L Francis

2,668,994 at 0904 – that’s 200,000 in the last 15 minutes!

saveenergy

4,026,180 at 09.40 : 23/3/19

middling
I’ve always voted Green as my first choice in the European Parliament elections where, thanks to proportional representation, a person’s vote actually counts. In the broken first-past-the-post system used for our parliamentary elections I traditionally voted LibDem because there was only ever a real choice on the Island between them and the Conservatives. After the LibDems Great Betrayal I switched that vote to Green too so am… Read more »
Rowan

Best of luck Vix!

1andi

this woman and her party are a joke

Steve Goodman
because….? (It can of course be said that this woman Theresa May and her party are a joke, because so many people at home and abroad are saying so because of her handling of the ever worsening British Brexit mess. She continues to provide so much embarrassing content for our domestic satirists and reporters. The Netherlands PM compared her to the Monty Python “just a flesh wound;… Read more »
saveenergy
“this woman and her party are a joke because….?” Well lets start with …Crazy statements like – # “The planet is burning” No it’s not, we are ~ 3° cooler than when the Romans were here. And the well publicised ‘Californian wildfires’ that killed more than 100 people and burned nearly 2 million acres …were the result of ‘green extremist’ environmental laws and regulations…(now being revoked). https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-gavin-newsom-wildfire-20190322-story.html… Read more »
alisonjane

Looks like we are leaving on May 22nd according to Brussels.
They don’t want us voting!

middling
22nd of May extension is *only* if Theresa May’s awful deal gets voted through next week (which seems extremely unlikely). They haven’t yet specified the length of extension if her deal gets voted down. Some European leaders want a long extension but, supposedly, Macron wants us out by the 7th of May. It’s looking increasingly likely that the only way to save the country is revocation of… Read more »
middling
The extension if May’s deal fails next week is actually now 12th of April. I hadn’t caught up on this morning’s news (heard May was planning another speech last night so went to bed early to avoid going to sleep angry ☺️). 12th of April is also the last day the UK can decide on whether to take part in the European Parliament elections so, if Parliament… Read more »
ian123
Actually, no, since the May date is irrelevant. The one thing that became obvious to the EU yesterday is that May’s deal has almost zero chance of getting through another vote. Indeed after her disastrous TV appearance and broken promises on indicative votes, it’ll probably go down by more than last time. The key date is 12 April – long enough for Parliament to put together an… Read more »