Greens fighting election in Portsmouth and Fareham offer ‘positive vote’

Ian McCulloch, Gavin Ellis and Miles Grindey are standing in Portsmouth South, Portsmouth North and Fareham
Ian McCulloch, Gavin Ellis and Miles Grindey are standing in Portsmouth South, Portsmouth North and Fareham
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THREE Greens hoping to win votes in the general election have said they will offer a good alternative to establishment parties.

Ian McCulloch, Gavin Ellis and Miles Grindey are standing in Portsmouth South, Portsmouth North and Fareham.

Mr McCulloch, of North End, said: ‘My great concern is the state of the three supposed main parties. People are feeling left out, abandoned by current political parties.

‘A lot of people are going to go to the polls thinking they have a choice of the lesser of three evils or Ukip. We want to show them there’s a positive vote.’

It is the first time he has stood in a general election and he will be going up against Liberal Democrat Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Tory Flick Drummond and Ukip’s Steve Harris, as well as former Lib Dem and current independent MP Mike Hancock who has a majority of 5,200.

Mr Ellis, 33, of Drayton, said he is campaigning for equality.

He said: ‘The Green Party is the only party on the left representing the needs and wants of the electorate.’

He aims to support business in the constituency. ‘It’s about supporting local businesses,’ he said. ‘It’s also about supporting the youth. It’s about giving young people opportunities in life.’

He faces sitting Tory MP Penny Mordaunt, a junior minister, who has a majority of 7,289. Labour’s John Ferrett is challenging the seat along with Lib Dem Darren Sanders and Ukip’s Michael Fitzgerald.

Both Mr McCulloch and Mr Mills are using crowdfunding websites to fund their campaign.

Mr Grindey, 20, of Park Gate, is fighting his first general election.

He said: ‘I’m hoping to achieve a considerable result, perhaps keeping my deposit.’

Fighting to save bus services and stop Welborne are high on his priorities.

Tory Fareham MP Mark Hoban has announced he will step down, and so far Stuart Rose has been chosen for Labour.

A Green candidate for Gosport is still being sought.