Well-known councillor Chris McFarling selected to stand for Parliament

28 February 2018

PortraitForest of Dean Green Party has selected well-known parish and district councillor Chris McFarling as its prospective parliamentary candidate in the next general election. 

 

Forest of Dean Green Party co-ordinator Nicky Packer said: “Chris is now a member of the cabinet of Forest of Dean District Council, and we are delighted to have a prospective parliamentary candidate who is already so active and so well-known in the Forest. 

“Chris has made waves locally not just on the classic “green” issues like recycling and wildlife, but also by fighting inappropriate planning applications (such as for the quarry extension), promoting better insulation for new housing, and supporting high food hygiene standards,  for the benefit of all Forest of Dean residents.”

 

 “Whereas we hardly ever see or hear from our current MP, Chris has worked tirelessly on behalf of people in the Forest over seven years. He is very well-known locally, and passionately committed to the Forest of Dean, his home. We believe this is essential for anyone representing  the people of the Forest of Dean in Westminster,” Nicky said.

 

 Chris McFarling has been a volunteer for most of his life, working for charities for the homeless and those in nature conservation.  He says his priorities include the rebuilding of communities, the localisation of health services, and the implementation of an integrated affordable public transport strategy. 

 

“I am committed to tackling inequality and improving the chances for everyone, and in particular our young people.   We have to open up opportunities on two fronts at once: working locally on issues such as jobs, education and services, and at the same time, by fighting the global threats to everyone’s future such as climate change.  

 

“This is still a beautiful Forest in a beautiful world,  that we have to protect. People here have a huge capacity for generosity, creativity and hard work. I want to bring back honesty, integrity and kindness to politics, and open up  the future for everyone."






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