Green candidates are named as party gears up for general election

The Green Party's prospective parliamentary candidate for Havant Tim Dawes, national deputy leader Amelia Womack and PPC for Meon Valley Diana Korchien. Picture: Ben Fishwick
The Green Party's prospective parliamentary candidate for Havant Tim Dawes, national deputy leader Amelia Womack and PPC for Meon Valley Diana Korchien. Picture: Ben Fishwick
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A GREEN candidate in the general election told voters: ‘I’m not seeking political office.’

Diana Korchien is standing in the Meon Valley – the first time the party has stood in the constituency.

Last night at a meeting she told the party faithful, sitting with Havant candidate Tim Dawes, she was taking part to encourage women in politics.

She said: ‘I’ve been in the Green Party for over five years and I’ve been involved in a central Green Party group called Green Party women.

‘It exists to encourage women to stand up, not be afraid.’

Ms Korchien, who lives in London, decided to stand in Meon Valley after she put out a message to members telling them she could help find a female candidate for constituencies.

Mr Dawes asked her to help in Meon Valley and she is now standing.

Tory incumbent George Hollingbery won the seat with a 12,125 majority in 2010.

Veteran Mr Dawes will face new blue opponent Alan Mak, who is the Tory candidate in Havant after David Willetts MP said he would step down.

Mr Dawes said: ‘I’m anticipating a great deal more votes.

I’ve stood in three general elections – I’m finding this one is completely different.

‘The first thing is that people are expecting us. They’ve seen us in the European Parliament and Scotland.’

Mr Willetts’ majority was 12,160 when he was re-elected in 2010.

Party faithful quizzed the Mr Dawes, Ms Korchien and national deputy leader Amelia Womack on policies from housing to the legalisation of cannabis.

Ms Womack said support for the party had rocketed with candidates in at least 75 per cent of constituencies for the general election.

She said: ‘Across the country more people are going to have the opportunity to vote green.’

Parliamentary candidates for Portsmouth North, Portsmouth South and Fareham are to be announced tomorrow.