22 October 2014
The North Staffordshire Green Party announced today that they intend to stand against Stoke-on-Trent Central MP Tristram Hunt in next year's general election.
Amelia Womack, one of the national party's two deputy leaders, unveiled Jan Zablocki as the candidate for the constituency.
A resident of Weston Coyney, Jan Zablocki was born in Stoke-on-Trent and has lived and worked in the city all of his life.
Zablocki said: "I've seen the demise of our pottery, coal, steel and tyre-making industries. I've spent 25 years as a member of the Communication Workers Union (CWU), elected by the people of this area working in the telecoms industry."
"And, during that time, we have had a feeble and ineffective representation from our Members of Parliament."
"What we need is a genuine desire to speak out for improvements to the lives of the citizens of our city."
This is the first time the Green Party has put forward a parliamentary candidate in Stoke-on-Trent Central.
After the launch, deputy leader Amelia Womack went on to visit Green student groups at Staffordshire and Keele Universities.
(Amelia Womack visiting Staffordshire University)