Molly Scott Cato to stand for election to Gloucestershire County Council

She will be the Green Party’s candidate candidate for Central Stroud division in the county council elections next May.

The seat has been held by the Greens for the last 12 years, with current incumbent Cllr Eva Ward stepping down ahead of next year’s election.

The former MEP previously stood as MP for Stroud in last year’s general election, finishing in third place behind Siobhan Baillie and David Drew.

Molly said: “Green councillors Sarah Lunnon and then Eva Ward have done a wonderful job representing Stroud for the past 12 years.

“Sarah’s work to prevent flooding is nationally acclaimed while Eva’s work on road safety has saved lives.

“Carrying forward their great work is one of my main priorities.”

“There is still so much to be done. If elected, I will work tirelessly to improve our transport systems, including reopening Stroudwater Station in Stonehouse for a direct rail route for us to the heart of Bristol.

“I will also work to ensure there is an effective local track-and-trace system to protect our communities from the deadly coronavirus.

“Sadly, we are about to face one of the worst recessions for a century, and our great local businesses need someone with my economics experience to represent them.

“We must channel investment locally into the sectors that can also help us to address the climate emergency, as well as training people for the green jobs that such investment will create.”

Current Councillor Eva Ward said: “I have loved serving the people of Stroud, but at the age of 70 it is time to handover to someone with fresh energy and ideas, I can’t think of anyone better to represent us all in Stroud than Molly, she will make an exceptional councillor.

“Women are seriously under-represented at the county council, so it is important for Stroud Town to continue to be represented by a woman.”

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