Martin Bennewith, Alyn and Deeside

 Martin Bennewith, Green Party Candidate for Alyn and Deeside

“I joined the Green Party as part of a wider aim to get involved in the community and help promote the idea of a society where sustainability and social capital is considered more important than the capitalist ideals of unsustainable economic growth and unequally distributed wealth.

Just like many of the thousands of people who have joined our Party over the last couple of years, I have become disillusioned with the political system in this country. I strongly oppose austerity, and took part in the June anti-austerity march in London. I feel very strongly about the inadequacy of the NHS here in Wales, particularly the mental health services, as I have experienced this at first hand. I like to argue positively about green issues, such as presenting the idea that Wales has ample renewable energy potential, and the small things that each and every one of us can do in our everyday lives to reduce our carbon footprints.

I volunteer for a local social enterprise, Rainbow Biz, which is a not for profit organisation that organises events in the local community, such as ‘Digging Deeside’, ‘Flintshire Flicks’ community cinema, and the upcoming North East Wales Diversity Festival, with the aim to promote and celebrate diversity in the community, something which I am very passionate about.  As a musician and songwriter, I have performed in North Wales and Chester in the past, not being frightened to throw in my protest songs, so I have no problems tackling the real issues.

I have lived in Deeside for most of my adult life, moving to Queensferry 19 years ago when I was 21. I was raised in Dagenham, on a council estate surrounded by poverty and lack of opportunity, and after a spell of homelessness and unemployment, I moved to Oxford, where, while working for Oxfam, I met my now wife, before moving to this area. We now live in Connah’s Quay with our 8 year old daughter.  I currently juggle a full time office job with a part time Psychology degree, my volunteer role with Rainbow Biz, my family, and working with the Green Party.”