Isle of Wight Green Party announce their parliamentary candidate

Vix Lowthion says she believes strongly that a Green Island identity and representation in Parliament will unlock a new future for Islanders.

Vix Lowthion Green Party candidate

The Isle of Wight Green Party have confirmed their parliamentary candidate this afternoon.

Vix Lowthion, a lecturer in geography has been selected to contest the Isle of Wight constituency in the upcoming General Election in 2015.

Also a mother of three, Vix has lived on the Isle of Wight for the last decade and an avid walker and Solent swimmer.

Following her selection, she said,

“The Green Party is growing rapidly and reflecting a changing mood in the UK. Similar to the rest of the public, we believe that profit has no place in our NHS; that we should renationalise our rail and ferries; and we must strive for energy security through investment in a renewable technology industry.

“As the Green MP for the Isle of Wight I would also vote in Parliament for a referendum on our membership of the EU: whilst I am pro-Europe, radical reform of its operations is needed and this must happen through informed debate.

“I strongly believe that the Greens provide the only real alternative to all the other parties, and I am eager to be joining with our committed group of local activists in what will be an exciting campaign in 2015.

“So many of the Island’s strengths are Green: green businesses, green tourism, green industries – green spaces. To elect a Green MP is the greatest signal to the rest of the UK and beyond that this is our statement: we believe in sustainability, in social equality, in investing for the future and in working for the Common Good.”

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According to the IW Green Party, membership has surged in 2014 and doubled in the last 18 months.

For more information about Vix Lowthion, the IW Green Party and fundraising visit their Websites.

Friday, 21st November, 2014 1:46pm

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Steve Goodman

Good news for the common good following the strong Green vote in yesterday’s by-election, and I hope that more voters will see that the kippers are as unlikely as the other less than green parties to deliver what we urgently need most for a worthwhile future.

ThomasC
Whilst I think it’s great that we have a Green Party candidate on the IOW I have one major block in front of me that is in danger of stopping me voting for them. I love the fact that they’ve noticed uncontrolled money supply is screwing up our economy I love the fact they support a living wage I love the fact they’re not in thrall to… Read more »
peaceful_life
@Thomas. Which ‘science’ are you referring to? Do you have any studies that can prove that GM is a good thing and can indeed meet any of it’s numerous claims? Just as an aside….these are methods built on a foundational assumption that they can outdo and better the systems of nature itself , this is a phenomenal claim and therefore must carry with it *the* most heaviest… Read more »
Vix Lowthion
Thanks for the confidence. The arguments against GMOs are not just scientific arguments. Whilst the science behind them can be seen to be beneficial (eg more efficient growing) – making farmers reliant on buying new seeds every season is not. GMOs make farmers reliant on big corporations to grow crops. They turn food for eating into a corporate asset. It is wrong. It is big business controlling… Read more »
Cynic

Just pray that TTIP does not become a reality or Big Pharma will be suing EU countries that ban GM products and has the money and politcal clout to be successful in legal actions (as was seen in the Thalidomide and MMR debacles!)

ThomasC
No, the arguments for GMOs are social and economic – Peaceful whatever his/her face is there are many studies that prove the efficacy of GMOs and if you knew much about plant growing you would realise that the GMO benefits can be saved for next year. The issue is companies enforcing patents on farm-saved seed. Why would farmers do that if there was no value to GMOs?… Read more »
peaceful_life
Hi Thomas. It’s reasonable enough to ask you to forward at least some of these “many studies” which lead you to condemn any questioning of them as “anti-science”, is it not? One claim is that GMO seeds can higher yields than ‘traditional’ seeds, ergo…more *economic*. The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) put this claim under scrutiny, in this report… http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/err-economic-research-report/err162.aspx#.VBMl-Baf8po ..It states: “Over the first 15… Read more »
lagger

I support many of the Greens policies, bit their stances on defence, nuclear weapons and nuclear power (get rid of, everything will be fine) worry me.

Steve Goodman
Here’s what worries me. Everything is not fine: business as usual will not make everything fine – it will continue to make things worse: and I don’t think anyone is claiming that even if/when we get rid of nuclear things would be fine, or that we should have no defences. Because choosing to use nuclear weapons would most likely precipitate a nuclear winter, no sane person will… Read more »
Rowan
I agree that saying no to nuclear power doesn’t mean that everything will be fine – but saying no to nuclear power isn’t the only thing in the Green Party’s energy policy! I was at the Green Party conference in September when we voted for the most recently revised energy policy, and the debate was mostly very serious and well-considered. In any case our energy options are… Read more »
Steve Goodman
For T. & anyone else I may be able to help to deal with that possible Green Party ‘deal-breaker’ misconception, here’s some truly ‘absolutely detestable’ GMO anti-science/political knowledge & understanding that keeps some of us awake at night. I’ll start with loving the fact that you love the fact that the Greens are ‘not in thrall to oil companies & banks’. For similar reasons they are also… Read more »
Rowan
I’m a science graduate and I’m a member of the Green Party. I don’t see much evidence that we’re ‘anti-science’. Genetic engineering is a complex issue. It can be used for good – publicly funded scinetists at Rothamsted developing plants with the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids usually found in marine algae and fish, for example – or it can be used for bad – Monsanto using it… Read more »
Rowan

Sorry for all the typos in that post. Took me three goes because (silly me) I first did it via Facebook ratjer than Safari and it wouldn’t post or copy. By the time I’d written three versions of the same reply I forgot to check it all…

Vix Lowthion

I agree with Rowan. I am close to gaining my second degree – a BSc with the Open University – and have studied chemistry, geology, renewables and a society course which included GM crops.

I am not anti-science.

kevin1746

I believe the Greens stance is wait and see what the evidence says, rather than rush headlong into something whose outcome is unkown…same with Fracking

Cynic

@Kevin1746. The “outcomes” of GM and fracking are already well-known and documented by experiences in the US and other parts of the world (e.g. Africa).

mike starke
I am a great science fan. Science is always questioning itself, for all the right reasons. So to say questioning Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs; not everyone speaks in capital letters, Thomas C.) is wrong and smacks of being, well, unscientific. Here’s some great science: 1. The Baker Rifle. The first grooved barrel that allowed a single aimed shot to kill an opponent at a distance in battle… Read more »
mat
It is indeed welcome news that the Green Party have announced a candidate for the General Election. It is also good to see working class policies being taken up. At this time it is imperative that an alternative is being presented for voters. Given that the steady increase in support was seen with the culmination of the now established MP for Brighton, there is a new surge… Read more »
Anon Again
peaceful_life

@AA.

The comments following that article reveal more than the article itself.

Anon Again
Mat – google Brighton Greens for a view on how well they are doing there. Also wondering where the “working class polices” are mentioned here? Lots of sustainability mentioned and some “no profit” policy (and quite right too) but I can’t see any particular class issues here? Middle classes as happy to support no profit in NHS as working classes? But v happy to stand corrected if… Read more »
Vix Lowthion
Local Council issues in Brighton are more to do with dealing with the consequences of huge government cuts than how a properly funding Green Council would work. Green Party have many policies aimed at social equality – a Living Wage, a Citizens Wage guaranteed for all, free prescriptions and eye tests… There are so many Green policies I couldn’t possibly have listed them here. But I will… Read more »
Anon Again

That’s a bit of a glib response. Most local councils are dealing with massive funding cuts from central government but don’t appear to be as dysfunctional as Brighton. The Green Council even has a terrible record on that most basic green policy of waste recycling – this has actually got worse under the Green Council rather than better.

peaceful_life

@AA.

Are you seriously attempting to put the onus on to one single council in bucking the trend and consequences of over 40 years of rampant neoliberal monetising?

Robert Jones
Yes you’re probably right, at least in broad terms: I’m no expert on Brighton Council, but from what I’ve read they’ve made a few interesting errors of their own devising. But then, the same is true of any council anywhere in the country: you can’t really say don’t judge us by the one council we control, because the world isn’t shaped as we’d like it. It’s all… Read more »
Anon Again

I am putting the onus on them to do the job they were elected to do properly. Like lots of other Councils manage to do.

Rowan

See http://www.greenparty.org/values – our policies would do more to help so-called ordinary working-class people than those of other parties.

Green policies are about sustainability, yes, but they’re also about fairness and justice.

Surely you’d like some of these policies?
Rent controls and better rights for tenants
Increased minimum wage to £10 an hour
Stopping privatisation of the National Health Service
Stopping so-called ‘austerity’ cuts to public services
And many more!

Stewart Blackmore

Many congratulations, Vix, on your selection.

I look forward to debating the issues with you during the campaign.

Stewart Blackmore
Parliamentary Candidate
Isle of Wight Constituency
The Labour Party

Vix Lowthion

Thanks Stewart. Hope to see you properly soon!

milly
Cicrero is quite right in raising the issue of TTIP. Roger Helmer, the Ukip MEP, said of the transatlantic trade and investment partnership: ‘We have no alternative but to support the deal.’ While the party remains, in general, on the fence regarding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), William Legge, the 10th Earl of Dartmouth – commonly referred to as William Dartmouth – has confirmed in… Read more »
milly
With ISDS, investor state dispute settlement, TTIP allows governments to be sued for simply blocking profits. The NHS will be affected by this as it will be included. The ISDS arrangement already is known for pro corporate activity; Currently the Government of Quebec is being sued by the company, Lone Pine, for banning fracking. The Australian government is being sued for plain cigarette packaging. The Egyptian Government… Read more »
tiki

Get on to local council first so we can see how effective you can be (if at all). Pro European? Second thoughts…

Ewald Widiner
This time of the year the takings of retail shops and supermarkets should be up and tax taking at the treasury accordingly…..but not with this lot at the helm of the UK. Unable to understand the simplest mathematics they keep cutting the benefits and bail out there rich friends at banks so they can continue there campaign to rob each other till self extinction sets in and… Read more »
Tanja Rebel
The Greens are not anti-science. On the contrary, they see science as a useful tool, but only if it is wielded responsibly and sustainably. The same goes for technology: Again, it is a useful tool, but only if it is applied smartly and is soft to planet and people. To use GMO’s without proper evidence of their long-term effects (but with already existing knowledge of harmful short-term… Read more »
Robert Jones

Wisdom? Oh dear …

We really have had it, haven’t we….?

peaceful_life

@AA.

Councils such as?

Bradley

Were u born on the island? …. I want someone to represent the island that is actually from here! VOTE STEPHENS!! Woooohooooooo!!!!!

peaceful_life
@Bradley. Thing is Bradley, none of us have democratic representation, everyone is beholden to the Globalised markets, sure…you can go and plead for crumbs of grants from the feudal table, you can even bang the table as you plead you’re allegiance to your community, but it won’t change the systemic flaws. As for being born on the Island, or anywhere for that matter, the same applies, indigenous… Read more »
Bradley

@peaceful life

I have noooo idea what u just said! Sorry.

Bradley

@peaceful life

Did u just read some big words out of the dictionary?!

peaceful_life

No mate, I’m just saying the our issues are global and be careful how far we go with being ‘local’.

If you want this island to do well, then encourage it to produce, THEN it can stand on it’s own two feet.

Bradley

I hear what u are saying. But the MP will represent the Island and therefore I think being from here and having that real passion is very important. In my opinion I do think Mr Stephens has the vast knowledge for all tasks in hand.

peaceful_life

@Bradley.
Lots of hearing, not so much listening.

I like Ian, but..I have absolutely no idea of his policies in detail, do you?