David Powell is standing for the Green Party in this election mainly because he feels it is necessary to bring about a change in local housing policy. However his own area of interest and expertise is education. He has lived in Walworth and Kennington for over 30 years, and his sons went to a local primary school where he has been a Governor for over ten years. As well as his activities as a performing musician, David does some teaching for Southwark Music Service, and has done instrumental teaching as well as short music projects in many Southwark primary schools. David gets a great deal of satisfaction from working with children and seeing how they can thrive and make progress despite different disadvantages. Therefore he feel qualified to comment on issues around education which he believes is poorly funded and taken-for-granted. He is also Director of Music at a local Parish Church which contributes to a local Food Bank, as well as hosting projects for asylum-seekers and homeless people.
David was an active member of the Party in the 1980s in Lewisham and stood in the council elections then. He believes it's very important to get across the idea that Green politics is about the lives and health of ordinary people as well as big issues around the environment and climate change, and showing that all of these are connected in many ways; for example, there is great concern about air quality in this borough and many other parts of London. This affects all our lives, particularly our children. "You rarely hear the word “citizen” nowadays; instead, many people in this area feel powerless to influence decision-making by a remote Council, ignored and marginalised."