We're delighted to announce our candidates for the 2017 General Election.
For Camberwell and Peckham, we have selected Eleanor Margolies. Eleanor is an outstanding campaigner, currently working on highlighting toxic air pollution levels throughout the constituency, and is also Co-Chair of Southwark Green Party.
Bermondsey and Old Southwark will be contested by John Tyson, a Chartered Accountant and housing campaigner, highly active in his local community.
In Dulwich and West Norwood, Rashid Nix will be looking to build on his excellent result in the London Assembly Elections, where he got the highest vote share of any Green constituency candidate.
Press release 2 May 2017
The Green Party has today announced its general election candidates for the three Southwark constituencies.
Dr. Eleanor Margolies will stand for the Greens in Camberwell and Peckham, Rashid Nix will contest Dulwich & West Norwood, and John Tyson will be the Green candidate for Bermondsey and Old Southwark.
Eleanor, a writer and researcher, is a well-known local campaigner, and was chair of her estate’s Regeneration Project Team for five years, fundraising for a community garden and advocating for residents. Her blog is here.
In 2015 the Green Party came third in Camberwell and Peckham, with 10.1% of the vote – more than twice that of the Liberal Democrats. In the 2015 South Camberwell by-election, Eleanor received 20% of the votes cast.
Eleanor said: “The general election gives Greens in Southwark a platform to make the links between local and national issues.
“Locally, I have been campaigning for action from Southwark Council on air pollution. At the national level, we need an MP who will oppose airport expansion – for the health of Londoners, and to put a brake on global climate instability.
“Locally, I campaigned to remain in the EU and to reform it. Nationally, we need an MP who represents Southwark residents and refuses to push the self-destruct button labelled ‘Brexit’.”
Rashid, a filmmaker from Brixton, stood for Dulwich and West Norwood in 2015, coming fourth with 9.4% of the vote. More recently, he came third ahead of the Liberal Democrats as the Green Party’s candidate for the London Assembly constituency of Lambeth and Southwark.
Rashid said: “I’m delighted once again to have the opportunity to represent the Green Party as parliamentary candidate for Dulwich and West Norwood.
“The Greens are often counted out but last year we came within a whisker of beating Labour in Gipsy Hill, proving that the people are no longer going to accept this false choice between two flawed establishment parties. The Green revolution is coming.”
John is a Chartered Accountant and is active in the Elephant Amenity Network and Friends of Harper Road.
John said: “I am a positive believer in the idea of a better world, and most importantly a fairer world. I believe in social responsibility and in community.
“I think it is audacious for politicians to sit on well-above-average salaries, with expense accounts, and tell people earning at the bottom end how they should be living their lives.
“I wish to make politics more open and transparent, and ensure that politicians do the job that they were elected to do. Our current political system is not broken, but it needs people to come in and challenge it to be better.”
All three candidates were chosen at a joint meeting of Southwark and Lambeth Green Parties on 27 April, prompted by the Prime Minister’s announcement of her decision to hold a snap general election on 8 June.