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August 6th, 2019.

Green Party release:

The Lewes Constituency GreenParty has re-selected popular District Councillor and successful social enterprise founder, Johnny Denis, as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Lewes to take on Conservatives in any upcoming General Election.

Johnny is a long-standing resident of the Lewes constituency, a popular Councillor and now Cabinet lead on council front line services. His work in the local voluntary sector includes establishing much-loved organisations such as the furniture recycling service Furniture Now.

Widespread recognition for Johnny’s hard work as a local Councillor were rewarded by a landslide in his ward giving Green candidates all three seats in local elections in May. Liberal Democrats also moved into third place in May’s local elections and the Greens polled nearly 3,000 more votes than the Conservatives across the Constituency, making them well placed to defeat the Conservatives, currently represented by Maria Caulfield MP.

Since the local elections, the Greens, as the largest opposition group, have taken control of Lewes District Council from the Conservative administration by forming a Co-operative Alliance with Liberal Democrats, Labour and Independent Councillors. Johnny has joined the Co-operative Alliance Cabinet as lead member for Customers and Community.

Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas said, “The Green Party is the best placed party, and Johnny the best placed candidate, to take this seat from the Conservatives who are intent on driving this country over a Brexit cliff-edge, while ignoring the growing climate emergency and effects of austerity on people across the Constituency.”

Councillor Denis thanked members, saying: “Thank you for your solid support in re-selecting me and for the support we have built for a different kind of politics. We are so much more than just a Remain Party. We will put tackling climate change as priority number one while supporting communities and rebuilding properly funded public services.

"The people of Lewes are looking for a progressive candidate who can win. Together we can make that happen.”