Welcome to the profile page for Duncan Rees, who is standing for Wales Green Party in Wrexham for the General Election on December 12th.
As we have with all candidates, we have invited Duncan Rees to send statements for inclusion on this page, links to their social media, as well as asking if they will take part in our one on one video Q&A's along with attending our Wrexham debate.
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StatementDuncan has lived in Wrexham for 24 years, and is married with two children. Originally from Cardiff, he lived and worked in London for 18 years, including a spell with Oxfam, before moving to north Wales to take up a job as community and PR manager for the Co-op, from which he has recently taken early retirement. He was Chair of Fairtrade Wales at the time Wales was declared the world’s first fairtrade nation. He is involved in a number of local organisations - including being a volunteer on the Llangollen to Corwen railway, Chair of the Wrexham Fairtrade group, supporting the cycling charity Sustrans, and the group campaigning for improvements to the Wrexham - Bidston rail service. At a local level he is also involved in environment clean up events in Wrexham Country parks.
Duncan has stood for the Green party in council elections in Wrexham, as a candidate at the 2015 General election in Clwyd South, as lead list candidate for north Wales in the 2016 Wales Assembly elections and in the Alyn and Deeside by-election in 2018. His priorities in this campaign include:
• NHS & Social care - improvements to hospitals, reductions in waiting times, more and better paid nurses and doctors and increasing GP numbers . Opposes any privatisation of NHS services and supports keeping the NHS free at point of delivery.
• The need for more investment in public transport locally and regionally, including improving local rail services and trains, better bus services with lower fares and providing more safe routes for pedestrians and cyclists. • More jobs with a decent living wage + to help people avoid falling into “waged poverty”
• The issue of global warming & climate change – which can and will fundamentally change everyone’s lives unless we take urgent action now! The Green party is proposing a £100 billion per year budget to tackle this crisis at a national level.
The Green party notes that some other parties have started to copy “Green” policies, but insists that much more needs to be done – and it is to put commitment into that effort that Duncan is standing in Wrexham. As Duncan says “current government policy, on climate change for example is like calling emergency services and asking for a fire engine in 30 years’ time; that is not commensurate with what I would call an emergency”
Funding StatementWe asked the question 'As of 6pm 14th November, where has the top three sources of funding for your campaign come from, and are there any funding sources you feel would be relevant to voters to know about?'. We will re-ask this question later in the campaign. The candidate response is below:
1. Funding: For the Green party as a whole (GPEW = Green party of England and Wales) approximately 94% of the party funding comes from either donations or membership dues in roughly equal proportions. The third, though much smaller source of income is from merchandise sales and legacies. The Green party does not receive, and nor does it seek funding as the Labour and Tory parties do, from Trade Unions or big business. Any major donation is always scrutinised to ensure it complies with our donation guidelines.
2. Within Wales, the Wales Green party operates to similar guidelines, although there are some differences – eg Wales Green party receives payments from GPEW in respect of members in Wales who have joined as part of the national party. The national party also helps to fund the costs of a part time field worker in Wales. For local parties, such as in NE Wales Green party which covers Wrexham, we rely mainly on donations from members, and from other supporters – with all donations being monitored as to source. When finances permit, we sometimes receive funding support from Wales Green party to stand candidates at elections. However in the current General Election campaign the local party is covering all costs from its reserves so far – although we have also set up a crowdfunder appeal.
Advertising / Canvassing StatementWe asked the question 'Are you aware of all advertising or canvassing done in your name in connection to this election, and are you fully confident in its accuracy and transparency? Plus any relevant information ' . The candidate response is below:
1. Our main paid for advertising will be the production of our election leaflet - which as with all candidates is delivered free by Royal Mail to all Wrexham constituency addresses. We will also be active on social media promoting our campaign – but only on existing accounts, and with no paid for adverts. We have a small campaigns team, co-ordinated by myself and my election agent, which will be responsible for campaigning and canvassing activities and we are fully aware of and confident in the accuracy and transparency of the messages we will be delivering. In policy terms, we will be following as closely as possible the campaign themes being broadcast by the Green party national campaign in England and Wales, although clearly we will also be focussing on how many of these issues relate to Wrexham.
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