Economics for a finite planet
We must live within our environmental means so that we have something to hand onto future generations. The Green Party must be at the forefront of showing people that prosperity doesn’t mean devouring our shared resources. That means both modelling positive change and exposing the dirty money of irresponsible multinationals.
Showing people that change is possible
So many don’t believe that they can change anything. Whether it’s fixing a broken street light that a constituent has to walk by every day, stopping local fracking as a County Councillor or fighting for a fair voting system Jonathan loves to help make grassroots democracy work from the bottom up.
Giving a voice to the least well off
One in three children in the UK live in poverty – their talents all too often lost to cycles of debt, poor self-esteem and the family worries of making ends meet. Jonathan worked for 14 years alongside people who were homeless, struggling with addictions and poor mental health and led the set-up of the local foodbank.
Jonathan started his campaigning journey for Fair Trade and just world trade rules in the early 2000s. He is still passionate about producers being rewarded fairly for their work and prioritising aid for women’s co-ops and girls’ education.
The opposite of good politics is dangerous conflict. Being a peace builder does not mean shying away from the hard realities or failing to call out injustice. It does mean talking to everyone even if you disagree and finding solutions to problems we face from neighbourhood disputes through to apparently intractable problems like the Middle East. It requires unerring perseverance and commitment. Jonathan tries to live out this approach in all areas of his life.
Jonathan lives in Leamington Spa with his wife Eloise and two young children. He led a homeless project in the town for 8 years which focused on supporting people struggling with addictions and poor mental health. He led the set-up of the local foodbank in 2013. In the same year he was elected as the first Green Party councillor in Warwick District with 62% of the vote. He was re-elected in 2017.
Jonathan graduated in History and Politics at Warwick University in 2002 and spent much of his time campaigning on international social justice and environmental issues with student group ‘People and Planet’. His campaigning highlight of this period was closing down an Exxon Mobil Graduate presentation to protest against their denial of human-induced climate change.
After graduation he worked for his church in Sussex setting up local community projects and then for a lone elected local councillor in East London. This was an inspiring job which showed him the impact that opposition councillors can have.
Jonathan plays the cornet in a local brass band, is a fan of Hardy, Tolstoy and Wyndham, loves the Lake District and will never say ‘no’ to a game of table-tennis.