MY NAME is Azzees Minott and I’m delighted to be elected as the parliamentary candidate to stand for the Green Party in the forthcoming election.
I was born on May 5, 1992, in Plaistow, East London. My grandparents are all from the Caribbean but both my parents are British born.
I studied International Relations & Politics at Coventry University. As part of the degree course, I spent ten months in Madrid. As extra curricular activities I was a member of the Youth for Fair Trade Organisation and took part in the Black History Month events.
As a recent International Relations & Politics graduate, I left university feeling very disillusioned as the three major parties did not represent my views. I felt my interests as a young black female in society were not catered for. My anguish mainly came from the rising prices in rail fares, the rises in tuition fees, the dwindling accessibility to university and the bleak employment prospects that awaited me. Furthermore, I felt as though society only offered a work-centric and profit obsessed lifestyle with few rewards and a lack of overall satisfaction.
Since working with the local Green Party and living in Leamington I have realised that the Green Party is the only Party that offers a real alternative to the current profit-driven system. It presents the possibility of a community based way of life that cares for the individual, their lifestyle and the environment. It is the party that chooses morality over profit, the many rather than the few.
I believe that society should return to the norms once enjoyed by older generations: an National Health Service that is in public hands, the development of affordable homes, a nationalised railway industry, free education for all and a fair and just society that pays workers a living wage.
So as a young person living in the world of today and due to the decisions made by the previous, current and successive politicians, I believe that positioning myself amongst the leaders of the country as a Green Party representative is the only way we will build a healthy and sustainable future for generations to come.
Disturbingly, all the other parties are pledging to continue the cuts to our already strained public services when it is clear that we are in a crisis. More and more in my work at the Citizens Advice Bureau I am witnessing first hand the harsh realities of these cuts to services that are so damaging to families and individuals all over the UK and only worsening societal issues.
Thousands more are attending food banks, unemployment rates increasing, particularly amongst the younger population (despite what we are told by the politicians), income insecurities with the rising number zero hour contracts, lack of affordable housing and the strain to public services illustrates that Austerity does not work. Further cuts are not the way forward and the government’s austerity measures have failed to cut the deficit and those most vulnerable in society have suffered and are continuing to suffer – Austerity does not work.
Greens will rebuild our economy so everyone gets a fair share.
Greens will put the public at the heart of the NHS.
Greens will ensure everyone has a secure, affordable place to live.
Greens will take action on climate change to protect our planet.
Greens will invest in and create a public transport system to be proud of.
Greens will ensure every young person who wants to can access quality education.
We recognise that we need a Government that puts people before the profits: invests in local businesses and community growth instead of favouring big businesses, invests in affordable housing rather than high profit margins for landlords, invests in the health and happiness of both people and planet by targeting sickness prevention and safeguards the planet by investing in public services and not wasting billions of pounds on projects like HS2 and Trident: ensuring that everyone pays their way so that we have a fairer society that benefits the common good.
The Green Party’s plan is simple, practical and sustainable: put people and the environment before profits.