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Green Party selects first female candidate for three decades

PUBLISHED: 12:56 17 October 2016 | UPDATED: 12:58 17 October 2016

Elfrede Brambley Crawshaw, Waveney Green Party's new parliamentary candidate with outgoing candidate Graham Elliott

Elfrede Brambley Crawshaw, Waveney Green Party's new parliamentary candidate with outgoing candidate Graham Elliott

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A young mother has been selected as the Green Party's new parliamentary candidate for Waveney.

Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw is the first female candidate to contest the seat for seven general elections and 33 years.

Mrs Brambley-Crawshaw, 33, was endorsed by members in a selection process that ended on Saturday.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted to be selected as the Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Waveney.

“The Green Party offers joined-up, evidence based, compassionate policies to be proud of. We are the only party that has real solutions to the challenges of our time; the ever growing inequality that threatens a good standard of living and opportunity for everyone, an environmental crisis that we stand on the brink of and an economic system that benefits the powerful and penalises the ordinary citizen.

“This is an opportunity to challenge and hold to account, those people who make decisions on our behalf. I’m looking forward to it.”

Graham Elliott, four-times former Green Party parliamentary candidate, said: “It is time for a fresh face for the Green Party in Waveney and I am delighted to endorse and support Elfrede in her new role.

“She is very capable, energetic, knowledgeable and caring. But above all she has the skills to engage with the electorate and to empathise with the problems they are facing.”

The last known female candidate was Gillian Mary Artis of the Social Democratic Party in 1983.

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