The Green Party’s candidate for Louth and Horncastle, Romy Rayner, has spoken about her intentions for the area if she is elected in May.
Romy, 30, intends to present “a real alternative” in the hope that disengaged non-voters in the area (around 27,000 people at the last election) will feel there is someone worth voting for.
Romy, a mother of two who owns a company selling cloth nappies while completing a degree in evolutionary biology and environmental science, would strive to improve local maternity provision by reopening a midwife-led birthing unit in Louth County Hospital.
Romy would also promote the provision of social housing by seeing empty homes being brought back into use, and would encourage a greater percentage of affordable housing being included within the area’s large development proposals.
In terms of transport policy, Romy would fight to increase the provision of the CallConnect service, and reopen local rail stations with an ultra light rapid transit system, which would be funded by scrapping the controversial HS2 proposals.
Romy added: “Our own local party has seen a sixfold increase in membership over the past three months as part of the national ‘Green surge’.
“This is evident of a rapidly altering political landscape which reflects increasing awareness of the issues that matter to ordinary people.”