Martin Paley and Jan Maskell - Green Candidates for University and Scotforth West By-Elections

15 May 2018


Jan and Martin 2018


The Green Party is standing two fantastic candidates in the by-election for University and Scotforth Ward on 17th May, which has been triggered by the resignation of two Labour Councillors. In the last few weeks another councillor has also left the Labour group, so they are down to 28 out of 30 seats.


Meet our candidates Jan and Martin, and see what they want to do for Lancaster in this video

If Greens can win the two University seats it will be harder for Labour to push through their controversial plans for building 3,500-5,000 new houses in South Lancaster. The Green Party strongly opposes the Bailrigg Garden Village proposal because the vast scale of the development (stretching between Scotforth and Galgate) would destroy the rural landscape and agricultural land, and increase traffic and flood risk. In the last by-election in this ward (Dec 2016) Greens came a close second, only 19 votes behind the winning Labour candidate.

See what our candidates  and their supporters on campus have to say

 Please like  our Green councillors  facebook page with Jan and Martin's event page and more information of what they will do as your elected representatives:

More about our candidates: 

 Jan Maskell Portrait 2018

Jan Maskell, who says; “I have lived in this district for 7 years, with my partner and my son who is now 18. I work as an occupational psychologist. I’m very familiar with the University & Scotforth Rural ward as I regularly teach at the University, and cycle there through the rural lanes from my home in Halton. I gained a PhD from Lancaster University in 2012. I volunteer for a national charity that promotes ethical science and technology, and for a local hydropower scheme and community car-sharing club.”


Marin Portrait 2018And Martin Paley who says: “I am 23 and just about to finish my degree in Earth & Environmental Science at Lancaster University. I spent last year working locally in the energy industry, following a study year abroad in Iceland. I volunteer with the National Trust, help support refugees in the Lancaster area, and lead waste reduction projects at the University such as the Community Fridge and (soon to be launched) Precious Plastic. I would love to be elected so that I can work alongside the dynamic group of seven Green City Councillors. They have an impressive track record of working with communities and securing funding for local projects.

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