The Green Party has announced its candidate for Mid Bedfordshire General Election.
Gareth Ellis was selected by the party after becoming a member 15 years ago.
Gareth said: “I joined the Green Party because I could see they had the most sensible policies for the economy and a fairer society.
“More and more people are joining the Green Party after seeing our policies, with membership quadrupling in Bedfordshire over the last year.”
Gareth added he wants people to vote for policies, not personalities: “Most people want to see the railways and utilities back in public ownership and yet it is only the Green Party calling for this. We also have the most popular policies for the NHS, education, environment and combating crime.”
Having grown up on a small, family farm Gareth qualified as an agricultural engineer at Silsoe College. He went on to work in the public, private and voluntary sectors promoting sustainable energy and is currently the Energy and Environment Manager for Cranfield University.
Gareth currently serves as a Flitton and Greenfield parish councillor and was previously a Mid Bedfordshire district councillor.
He has lived in Flitton for 27 years and says he is familiar with the benefits and challenges of the local area.
He said: “The people of Mid Bedfordshire deserve better. It is a rural area which can be isolating for young and old, and others without access to a car.
“I want to ensure we have better public transport and availability of local services.
“Local jobs are important too and there are opportunities here in Mid Bedfordshire to develop new businesses and jobs for a more sustainable economy.”
Gareth will be standing against current Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, Labour candidate Charlynne Pullen, and UKIP candidate Nigel Wickens. The Liberal Democrats are yet to announce a candidate.
The General Election will be held on Thursday, May 7.