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‘Bus drivers and dinner ladies would make good MPs’ – Green leader

Leader of the Green Party Natalie Bennett was in Lancaster today meeting councillors and business representatives. Pictured in Dalton Square are Natalie (left), with Councillors Chris Coates and Caroline Jackson, Christine Matthews from the Lancashire bed Company, Michael Hallam from the Ethical Small Traders Association (ESTA), County Councillor Gina Dowding and homeopath and ESTA member Dawn Keyes.  PIC BY ROB LOCK 16-4-2014

Leader of the Green Party Natalie Bennett was in Lancaster today meeting councillors and business representatives. Pictured in Dalton Square are Natalie (left), with Councillors Chris Coates and Caroline Jackson, Christine Matthews from the Lancashire bed Company, Michael Hallam from the Ethical Small Traders Association (ESTA), County Councillor Gina Dowding and homeopath and ESTA member Dawn Keyes. PIC BY ROB LOCK 16-4-2014

The leader of the national Green party wants to see more ex-bus drivers and dinner ladies stand for election.

Speaking on a visit to Lancaster, Natalie Bennett said there is an imbalance towards the wealthier end of society amongst our MPs and MEPs.

Australia-born Ms Bennett said the Greens aimed to treble their number of MEPs to six when the European Elections are held on May 22.

“Only 22% of MEPs are women and we’re below many countries,” she said.

“We are drawing too many MPs in from the wealthier parts of society.

“There are very few former dinner ladies and bus drivers in Parliament.”

Ms Bennett, 48, also hailed Lancaster, which has eight Green party city councillors, as a city of fairness and sustainability.

She toured the co-housing site and the hydro electric project at Halton, and met with city businesses on Wednesday, and was due to give a talk on women in British politics at the Friends Meeting House last night.

She also slammed the Heysham to M6 link road, saying: “It’s one of the new roads that were dismissed as not making sense years ago. We need to move towards a traffic system of walking and cycling.”

 

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