The Conservative Party will fail to protect Lichfield and Burntwood residents from the effects of climate change, claims the Green Party’s Robert Pass.
The 30-year-old, who is from Whittington, stood as the Greens’ first parliamentary candidate in Lichfield since 1990.
He finished fifth in the election with 1,976 votes as Conservative Michael Fabricant was re-elected to parliament with 55.4 per cent of the vote.
Prime Minister David Cameron will form the first majority Conservative government since 1992, but Mr Pass has claimed the Tories will balance the books of the backs of the poorest in society.
“I am very worried about what the next five years of Tory government will bring,” he said.
“The Conservatives will no doubt continue to try to balance the books on the backs of the poorest and most vulnerable people in society, whilst utterly failing to protect the planet on which future generations depend.”
The Green Party locally only formed in Lichfield and Burntwood six months ago, and Mr Pass insists they are here to stay.
He believes his party has the answers to the problems Britain will face in the future.
Mr Pass also expressed his gratitude to his team and all of the people who voted for him in Lichfield and Burntwood at the election.
The Midlands-based director of his family’s Fortress Recycling business confirmed he intends to lead the fight for the Greens in the area.
“The Lichfield and Burntwood Green Party is truly a grassroots movement,” he explained. “We were formed by a group of local people who were angry and disillusioned by the choice on offer from the establishment parties.
“I would like to thank the 1,976 people who put their faith in me at the parliamentary election.
“I may have been our figurehead, but it was a real team effort. A small group of committed activists created a real buzz across the constituency.
“The Greens have the answers to the huge problems we face – from the growing inequality in our society, to the corruption of our democracy by vested interests and tackling climate change.
“We offer a genuine alternative to the politics of fear, selfishness and greed. We stand for cooperation, fairness and sustainability.
“I’m here for the long haul, the hard work of getting the Green message out and convincing many more people in my hometown to vote Green in the 2020 general election, starts here!”
Mr Pass also believes the Greens have the perfect springboard to build from over the next five years.
He said: “I think for the Green Party in Lichfield and Burntwood to match the Greens’ national share of the vote in this area is a fantastic achievement.
“We only formed the party locally six months ago, and the general election was the first time people have had the option to vote Green here since 1990.”