Green Party names Shan Oakes as candidate in Harrogate and Knaresborough
Last updated Feb 26, 2024
Shan Oakes

Shan Oakes will be the Green Party parliamentary candidate for Harrogate and Knaresborough at the general election.

The Harrogate and District Green Party announced today Ms Oakes had been chosen unanimously to contest the seat currently held by the Conservative Andrew Jones.

She is a councillor on Knaresborough Town Council and Scriven Parish Council and was formerly second on the list of Green Party candidates for Yorkshire and the Humber in the European elections.

A press release announcing Ms Oakes’ selection said she had “a wealth of experience defending not only nature, but also those less fortunate”.

Ms Oakes said:

“I’m passionate about rescuing nature from the onslaught it is suffering at the hands of humanity.

“We humans are currently in the grip of profit-driven short-sighted political ideology. The majority of people on our planet are suffering due to this ideology.

“In our district, we can see it exemplified in a swathe of inappropriate housebuilding.  The filthy state of our rivers is another example, and the desperate state of our hospital buildings and other public services is yet another.

“We, the people, need to wake up and insist on a different kind of politics.  I look forward to a real conversation in the run-up to this election.”

The Harrogate and District Green Party named Paul Ko Ferrigno as its parliamentary candidate in 2022.

Asked why he was no longer standing, Bill Rigby, a member of the local party executive, said:

“Paul’s candidacy lapsed, because of the impact of the boundary changes to the local constituencies, and we had a new election, according to national party rules. On this occasion he did not stand.”

A general election has to be held by January 2025 at the latest.

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