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Caister councillor, 21, to stand for Green Party in Great Yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 15:37 08 November 2014

Green candidate for the Yarmouth borough elections May 2014

Green candidate for the Yarmouth borough elections May 2014

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A 21-year-old has been selected as the Green Party’s parlimentary candidate for Great Yarmouth to stand in next year’s general election.

Harry Webb who set up the Great Yarmouth branch of the Green Party with leader Natalie Bennett at Hemsby looking at the flood surge damage.

Picture: James Bass

Harry Webb who set up the Great Yarmouth branch of the Green Party with leader Natalie Bennett at Hemsby looking at the flood surge damage. Picture: James Bass

Harry Webb, a Caister parish councillor, said he was “looking forward to giving the people a real option for positve change” after being selected by fellow party members through a ballot.

Mr Webb was born and raised in north Yarmouth and has lived in the borough his whole life.

The former Great Yarmouth High School pupil hopes his local knowledge will serve him well next May when the country goes to the polls, and believes he has a good understanding of the area’s problems, particularly employment which he has experienced first hand.

Mr Webb, who now lives in Caister, said: “Unfortunately the seasonal nature of the holiday industry is largely incapable of providing stable and lasting work for local people and their families to properly support themselves and build a life upon.

“This is why I would really like to see Great Yarmouth’s excellent renewable potential in the form of wind, wave and solar grabbed by both hands, invested in and developed further.”

Mr Webb, who has sat on Caister Parish Council for two years, works at a residential care home in Rollesby and said he is looking forward to the political campaign ahead.

“I’m the youngest candidate in Yarmouth as far as I know and possibly the youngest in Norfolk and the east,” he added. “I’m looking forward to the challenge and giving people my age who haven’t voted before a real option.”

He is now inviting local residents to come and meet him at a drop in session, and put any questions to him.

He said: “I want to hear your voices as I really am standing for the people and I want to discuss how I can best represent you and the wider town.”

The drop in session is being held in the Charles Dickens room at Great Yarmouth Library on Friday, November 21 from 10am - noon.

Businessman Alan Grey 
will stand as UKIP’s candidate for Great Yarmouth in next year’s elections, after he was formally approved by the national party.

Mr Grey served as a Conservative district councillor from 2008 - 2012, before he switched to the Euro-sceptic party.

The Great Yarmouth seat is believed to be among UKIP’s top firve targets next May.

26 comments

  • I wouldn't trust him with my sock draw let alone my town he hasn't a clue about the real world he wont be getting the support of me or my family no way!!!!!!!!

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    Rachel Moy

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

  • Phew !! that was close , thought cliff richard was coming to town lol

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    the lacons man

    Monday, November 10, 2014

  • Anyone remember the old quote from the 70's or 80's " The only safe fast breeder is a rabit." Nukes have come a long way and are the only way forward. We can't keep putting up winfarms that destroy landscapes and mess with migration. They are not even green if you look at the total process from start to decommissioning.

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    Andy T

    Monday, November 10, 2014

  • To address Norfolk and good. Your selective focus is skewed somewhat, just look around Norfolk and the country, the mistakes are made largely by the main party politicians who failed consecutively, to make out life's sustainable. They have delivered us into massive dependencies and the TTIP's secret negotiations will further exascerbate such dependencies. Tax evasion is not down to the Greens, but to the established parties and their addiction to power and the establishment. Voting for the Green party is just about the biggest two fingers you can raise to them.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, November 10, 2014

  • give him a chance , everyone has to start somewhere, He was very helpful with our cause, Great Yarmouth North against the Development, we won ,and he did help us alot. Might I add he is still getting involve as we want to turn the area into a green space for the community.

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    linda

    Monday, November 10, 2014

  • Larson, thanks for response. Perhaps you need to do some sums re subsidy. The current wholesale price for electricity is circa £50MWh, the current price for ONSHORE wind IDIOCY is £95MWh. Please, therefore explain how Nuclear looks expensive relative to this???? Also, OFFSHORE wind gets £150MWh, now, all of a sudden, Nuclear looks like a good idea, as it always was, except to the lunatic Greeniots!!

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    Windless

    Sunday, November 9, 2014

  • " Windless "... a power system must also be able to stand alone and not need absurd levels of subsidy just to make it viable in the first place ....". Presumably then you are against the construction of the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point....The deal allows the French-owned electricity generator EDF to be guaranteed £92.50 per megawatt hour over the 35-year life of the Hinkley plant. This subsidy, twice the current price of electricity, will be paid for out of household energy bills. Then there is the decommissioning cost to add on. Makes the subsidy costs of wind farms look a bargain.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Sunday, November 9, 2014

  • "GoneAway" I don't understand your, perhaps intentionally unkind, comment, but, just in case I have misunderstood, then yes, you may be correct, all Greeniots are, indeed Brainless, as you say. No proper engineer, and I am one, would ever design a power system for a country based on Greeniot principles, a power system must be 24 7 365 to be of any use to a National Grid, and NOT need 100% backup to survive. It must also be able to stand alone and not need absurd levels of subsidy just to make it viable in the first place. NO renewable meets these targets. The real problem is that the airhead Greeniots literally worship them and then try to impose them on the rest of us. Please do remember, Green Energy = idiocy, every time!

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    Windless

    Sunday, November 9, 2014

  • Please look at what the Tory's have done to the health service, tuition fees, wasting money on a useless trident, denying their own history re human rights, playing up to UKIP their secret coalition partner, both pure establishment parties, before you crow at the Greens and their effort. Gt. Yarmouth needs a repieve from the three main parties, they need a ferry service, more tourism, not UKIP and regressive blackshirt policies.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, November 9, 2014

  • Bless PaulH and his little crush. The rest of the country are still sniggering at her Newsnight appearance.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Sunday, November 9, 2014

  • We love Chloe in NN,and guess what next May,we will have her for another 4 years.Why because she is hard working for her local constituents,honest,and yes young but refreshingly smart.

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    PaulH

    Sunday, November 9, 2014

  • Good point well made by The Reader. Didn't stop the populous of Norwich Nth sleepwalking into electing Chloe Smith, nor the relentless bigging-up of this demon by the Evening News and EDP.

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    Mr Cameron Spork-Pies

    Sunday, November 9, 2014

  • This kid will lose his deposit.

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    DT

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • A 21 year old does not have enough life experience to be meddling in politics .regardless of what party they belong to

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    Reader

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • To check out how the Green Party ruin an area, Go0gle "Green Party Brighton" - they're a laughing stock down there. I'd imagine UKIP will easily take Yarmouth..... Messrs Bellingam, Truss and Barclay should also be looking over their shoulders!

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    Norfolk and Good

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • I am sure he is a very nice chap but he doesn't stand a chance as Yarmouth will almost certainly be won by UKIP at the next election unless the present MP defects in which case it will be retained by UKIP

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    blister

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • Windless? Brainless.

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    GoneAway

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • Daisy. Seems like you are describing Bradwell !.

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    "V"

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • ....and the qualifications of this 'kid' are ??....

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    "V"

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • And if he is a Green he will know that it is often the Greenest option , where large scale housing or valuable farmland is not affected, to have managed retreat . And not to blow holes in Norwegian mountains and ship great barges of rock just to protect a few crumbly old holiday chalets and some very tawdry businesses. That particular photo opportunity -not Green at all, especially since the erosion has nothing to do with climate change.

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    Daisy Roots

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • Mr Webb would do well to concentrate his efforts on improving matters in the village where he is parish councillor . A village of around 9000 people , the size of some small towns , and it has the least proactive parish council one could imagine.No parish council web site, under the counter dealings with Tesco for a new village hall resulting in nothing-so no village hall, no facilities worth mentioning if one does not play football or bowls, one area of developer promised facilities yet to materialise, no decent parking to use the few surviving shops, no real planning to cope with the burden of hundreds of new homes which have been built in the last few years, medical practices swamped and in far from ideal locations with no more than a handful of dedicated on site parking places, no cycle paths on two of the main roads in the village. And certainly no initiative to do things for the community such as organise a few Christmas lights . Yet the rather large parish part of the council tax is still taken every year. When it is not being spent on secret legal fees one wonders where it goes.

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    Daisy Roots

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • 21? Looks older than that. Good luck to him and his attempt to grow a massive beard to become a fully fledged Green Loony. The Green Party is the worst political ever. Worse than Labour.

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    wes1975

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • The colour of danger used to be RED, still a good idea for traffic lights etc the new colour of danger is GREEN, mark my words, the Greeniots are quite the most dangerous of all "politicos" out there. Always, also, remember that Green Energy = Idiocy, every time!

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    Windless

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • I can see he's well into recycling, with those prescription glasses from the 1970's.

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    Mr Cameron Spork-Pies

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • He's got to better than Brandon Lewis who doesn't give two hoots about Yarmouth, unless there's a publicity opportunity.

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    Unemployed and Luvin it.

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • An excellent choice for Gt. Yarmouth voters. Why did the edp use his press release to give another party prominence? If there is such thing as a protests vote, it should be going to the Greens, their policy are long term, sustainable and not just for four years. A protest vote against an undemocratic BBC, for refusing to allow the Green party to be heard, legitamately. \All the other parties are part and parcel of the establishment, hence their promotion by the media. And here is some more good news, before the edp has it, Craig Murray will move to and stand for the SNP in Scotland. Now this his how the intenet provides news faster and without filtering or spinning. Good luck to Harry, I hope he gets lots of real protests votes.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

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