Businessman Ian Middleton has said the Green Party is putting forward ‘radical solutions that will make for a fairer and more prosperous society’ after he was announced as its prospective parliamentary candidate for Banbury.
Mr Middleton, of Yarnton, who owns the Argenteus jewellery store chain, will be seeking to fill the seat to be vacated by outgoing Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry at next year’s General Election.
For the past five years Mr Middleton has also been a columnist, writer and campaigner on independent business and town centre regeneration, human and animal rights and environmental issues
He said: “I believe environmental issues will increasingly need to inform all aspects of national and global government, but The Green Party is more than a campaigning biosphere pressure group. While other parties fight over the marginal middle ground of social and economic policy, we are putting forward radical solutions that will make for a fairer and more prosperous society for everyone”
Mr Middleton and his partner Fiona have been involved in many local environmental campaigns, including the blocking of planning permission for a tarmacadam plant in Yarnton in 1994.
Ahead of the election he is calling for an evidence-based debate on energy, climate change and immigration. He also wants greater concern for sustainable farming methods and a proper land use policy that balances the needs of humans and wildlife.
In addition to Mr Middleton, confirmed candidates standing for the Banbury parliamentary seat are Dickie Bird (UKIP), Roseanne Edwards (NHA Party), Victoria Prentis (Conservative) and Sean Woodcock (Labour).