Greens name their candidate for Norwich North

Sarah HallThe Green party have named the candidate they hope will unseat Norwich MP Chloe Smith in the forthcoming General Election.Sarah Hall

The Green Party has named the candidate it hopes will unseat Norwich MP Chloe Smith in the general election.

Former Norwich city councillor Jessica Goldfinch, pictured, was selected to fight for Norwich North after a hustings and selection meeting.

The 43-year-old, who works as a teaching assistant in Norwich, said: "I feel so proud to represent the Green Party in Norwich North for the next general election.

"I have come to know a lot passionate and wonderful people, from all walks of life, through my work in the constituency. Many of these people struggle through some very difficult circumstances and I would be honoured to serve them as the Norwich North MP."

Ms Goldfinch, a single mother with one daughter, lives in Connaught Road and has been in Norwich for 12 years. She served on the city council representing Nelson ward between 2003 and 2006.

The Green Party has opened a 'shop' in Dove Street in Norwich and people have been encouraged to drop in to discuss issues with candidates and councillors.

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