Above all else, we believe in a politics that listens to people. Over the past years, we’ve spoken with hundreds of local people about what we want to see happen here in our city and communities. Everyone has a different piece of the puzzle, and something unique to contribute; we urgently need to get better at harnessing ‘collective wisdom’.

And since running in the elections since 2015, we’ve done a lot more listening. And Ed and his team have pulled together and worked on a giant, ever-evolving local ‘manifesto’ for the Hunslet and Riverside council ward. Click here to have a read of the latest version – this does and will continue to underpin all our work in this area. It will also hopefully give a sense of our rootedness in and commitment to this city, and our approach to politics.

And at a local level (ie with council elections), that is surely the most important thing: local people, who love their communities, and who are working with others to make that happen. The national policies of their party are actually – we’d argue – of lesser importance.

But having said that, we’re proud to be with the Green Party. All 3 of us are somewhat new to the party (each having joined since 2015), but we’ve been impressed: a small party with big vision and fresh ideas, for a fairer happier society. Click here to find out more about the Greens, their most recent (2017) national manifesto, their wide-ranging and crowd-sourced policy framework, and more.

Finally here, we wholeheartedly endorse the principles proposed by former independent MP Martin Bell on the expected conduct of politicians. They essentially commit to transparency, openness, independence from party control, and the ethic of public service. Click here to read them in full.