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Time Team star Helen Geake to stand for Green Party in Bury St Edmunds election

Green Party candidate Helen Geake will attempt for the third time to become Bury St Edmunds MP at the next general election.

The former Time Team archaeologist is one of seven announced to stand for the party in Suffolk as the Greens focus their campaign on addressing the climate crisis.

On her key policy, she said: "Bury's traffic congestion is causing rising air pollution which is now over the national limit.

Green Party candidate Helen Geake
Green Party candidate Helen Geake

"We urgently need a Clean Air Zone in the town to help us improve green transport options, including better and cleaner public transport."

Dr Geake, a councillor for Elmswell & Woolpit, finished fourth in 2015 and 2017 - failing to unseat Tory incumbent Jo Churchill.

She added: “National politicians are failing us, and this area really needs a Green voice to stand up for it and someone willing to listen to local people, not toe the big-party line.”

Dr Geake's campaign banner states the Green Party are the only serious rival to the Conservatives, who have held the Bury seat since 1885.

She is the second to announce candidacy for the next election, with the Brexit Party putting forward Dr Edmund Fordham.

A general election is not set to be held until 2022. But current political unrest has led to some parties announcing their candidates in anticipation of an earlier vote.

The party has also announced Donald Allwright will potentially challenge Health Secretary Matt Hancock for the West Suffolk seat.

Donald Allwright is standing for West Suffolk (17525159)
Donald Allwright is standing for West Suffolk (17525159)

Mr Allwright came fifth in 2017, behind all other parties, in what is considered a safe seat for the Tories.

West Suffolk constituency covers Newmarket, Mildenhall and Lakenheath - while Bury St Edmunds extends to Stowmarket.

The other Green Party candidates for Suffolk are:

- Dan Pratt – Central Suffolk & North Ipswich

- Rachel Smith-Lyte – Suffolk Coastal

- Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw – Waveney

- Barry Broom – Ipswich

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