The Green Party is set to contest both St Helens’ parliamentary seats for the first time in its history.
The party, which won its first national MP at the last election, believes it can make headway into Labour’s majority on May 5.
The main parties have maintained an economic system that concentrates power, influence and money in the hands of a privileged few, and leaves the rest of us to suffer at the hands of the coalition’s cruel austerity agendaSt Helens Green Party candidate, Dr James Chan
However, they are likely to go into the campaign with two of the youngest candidates on the ballot.
Elizabeth Ward is just 22 and is standing in the St Helens North ward; while Dr James Chan, 30, is contesting the St Helens North seat.
Both candidates grew up in St Helens.
Ms Ward studied at De La Salle before completing a zoology degree at the University of Reading. She currently runs a cafe bar and writes a music blog.
Dr Chan attended Rainford High and studied medicine at Leeds. Since qualifying and working in British hospitals he has also volunteered as a doctor around the world.
Ms Ward said: “I love my home town, but having been away and come back I know it could be so much better. Britain is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, but this wealth isn’t being shared fairly. Too many people and too many places in our borough have been abandoned by the ‘established’ parties with their ‘business-as-usual’ politics. It’s time for change.”
Dr Chan added: “As a doctor working in A&E, I know first hand just how the NHS has been let down, and how the most vulnerable in society are suffering. The main parties have maintained an economic system that concentrates power, influence and money in the hands of a privileged few, and leaves the rest of us to suffer at the hands of the coalition’s cruel austerity agenda.”
Party officials are hoping to raise £1,000 to pay for each deposit through donations from local supporters. Visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/StHelensGoGreen to help.
Ms Ward attended this Saturday’s 38 Degrees-organised ‘Day of Action for the NHS’.
Local supporters of 38 Degrees organised this demonstration to coincide with hundreds of other demonstrations around the country on this weekend. The pressure group aims to gather local support for its long-running ‘Save the NHS’ campaign.
“St Helens scores poorly compared with the rest of the UK when it comes to quality of health,” added Ms Ward.