Peter Pinkney says he is impressed with party’s progressive policies

Peter Pinkney RMTThe President of the RMT is to stand for the Green Party at this year’s general election.

Peter Pinkney will stand in Redcar, a constituency won by the Liberal Democrats at the last election.

The RMT disaffiliated from the Labour Party in 2004 after claiming it had deserted the working class.

Peter Pinkney said: “I spoke at the Green Party Conference in 2013, and I was impressed with the ideas that were being put forward. The ideas of the Greens resonated with a lot of my beliefs. Obviously the Greens commitment to bring railways back into public hands struck a chord, but also policies to invest in the NHS, build social housing, institute higher taxes for those who can afford it, and put forward progressive policies on immigration informed my decision to stand.

“As a life long socialist, I could see that most of the policies were what the Labour Party once had, but those days are long gone with Labour.”

Pinkney was elected as RMT President in December 2012 for a three year term. He spends much of his time in London working for the union but his home is in the Redcar constituency.

Though the Greens have not stood in Redcar before they expect to make an impact amid Lib Dem collapse and the splitting of the local Labour Party.

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett said: “We’re delighted to announce Peter as our candidate in Redcar. Voters there, like their counterparts across the UK, are sick and tired of the business as usual politics offered by the establishment parties.

“We’re giving them a chance to vote for someone who will defend our NHS, campaign for publicly-owned railways and push for decent affordable housing for everyone who needs it.”

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