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Linda Johnson

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Linda Johnson (Linda Johnson)

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I'm Linda Johnson from Beverley and Holderness LibDems in East Yorkshire, where I'm Membership Secretary and I sit on the Yorkshire and Humberside LibDem Exec. I'm an elected Ward Councillor for St Mary's Ward on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, where the LibDems are the Official Opposition and I'm the LibDem Spokesperson for the Environment. I'm also elected onto Beverley Town Council where the Liberal Democrats have overall control and I chair the Policy Committee. I'm also a Governor at the local high-achieving college and, as a member of Green Christian, involved in encouraging church congregations to become more ethical and environmentally conscious.
I've been elected onto the GLD Exec to help with secretarial tasks, such as clerking meetings and getting a set of minutes back to the Chair for authorisation and publication. That means the Chairs of the different functional groups don't have to worry about taking notes during a meeting, they can concentrate on ensuring everyone in the meeting has their say, motions are passed and time-frames for actions agreed. I also help with posting on social media and writing articles for GLD News and Challenge Magazine and would encourage anyone reading this to get involved with posting and penning! I'm a huge fan of exhibitions and look forward to any opportunities we have to spread the GLD message even beyond LibDem conferences.
I stood for election at the December General Election as our candidate for Haltemprice and Howden, against long-standing Tory MP David Davis. On an (almost) entirely green platform, I increased the LibDem vote share from 4% to 10.5%. The Green Party candidate lost her deposit, sadly, although she admitted she thought the Green Party manifesto was far too left-wing and she hadn't really looked at the LibDem manifesto on green issues. My belief is that we have a huge opportunity to reclaim the green agenda on a value-driven platform and, as such, must play a greater role in influencing party policy. It's likely that lack of respect for the natural world has had a hand in the development of the coronavirus crisis and we must ensure that we include care for the earth as a key objective along with care for each other. To do this includes developing another way of measuring wealth which is not based entirely on fossil fuels, such as a Circular Economy which encourages recycling, repurposing, reusing, repairing, reducing, renting and refusing what you don't need and what you do need should be locally-sourced, organically-grown, animal-friendly (vegan) and fairly-traded (loaf). It would be wonderful for living sustainably to become mainstream in politics - the Green LibDems can get our party working towards that goal.