Aylesbury Vale Greens hope to capitalise on HS2

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The Green Party are putting forward candidates in Aylesbury Vale for the first time in 20 years.

Party chiefs hope to lure voters in May’s county elections with their opposition to issues such as HS2 and fracking and pledge to crackdown on speeding motorists.

They are aiming for at least one of their nine candidates standing in the Vale to win a seat, which would put them in a strong position to fight the general election in 2015.

They are particularly targeting Speaker John Bercow’s Buckingham constituency, where due to convention none of the big three parties will stand.

Aylesbury Vale Green Party chairman David Lyons said: “We last stood a long time ago and things have changed.

“This is the time we need to get active.

“We want to put an alternative option to voters.

“People cynically say you’ve never been elected here before but voters have never had the option but to vote for the grey policies of mainstream parties. “We are about social justice and providing for people and their futures in a world that people can live in.

“If we get to oblivion then if people had the chance (to vote) at least we can say on their heads shall be it.”

He said that unlike UKIP, which is also against HS2, they already have an MP fighting the plans in Parliament.

He said: “We just don’t need HS2, it’s absolutely crackers.”

On the prickly subject of wind turbines Mr Lyons, who lives in Haddenham and is standing for the Bernwood ward, said: “We obviously support the concept of renewable energy.

“We find that where communities themselves want wind turbines because they have a stake in them – local energy for local people – they are much more popular.”

Aylesbury Vale Green Party was formed in December and has 30 members.

“It’s quite a diverse membership,” said Mr Lyons.