Greens select Ben in their MP battle

Green Party - Ben Foley.
Green Party - Ben Foley.

Bedford Green Party has selected well-known local campaigner Ben Foley to contest the Bedford and Kempston constituency.

Ben, who joined the ‘March for the NHS’ when it came into Bedford in September, has pledged to defend Bedford Hospital from cuts and creeping privatisation.

Ben Foley said “I’m delighted my Green colleagues have faith in my ability to represent Bedford and Kempston.

“The Green Party is stronger than ever before and getting record levels of support in opinion polls. There’s never been a better time to be a Green candidate, and I’m looking forward to showing Bedfordians and Kempstonians how the Green Party offers the best hope for us all.”

Dr Foley researches and lectures at De Montfort University in Leicester. He commutes by train, and is a committee member of Bedford Commuters’ Association.

Ben said “I regularly talk to other rail users who can see how the railways would be improved by re-nationalisation. Only the Green Party offers the hope of this


Ben has lived close to Bedford railway station for 17 years, and has family ties to Bedford that go back more than a century. He’s a regular user of Robinson swimming pool, plays the clarinet and is a season ticket holder at Arsenal.

The general election is being held on May 7.