Scott Bartle is standing as prospective parliamentary candidate for the Green Party in Brent North. Cristiana Ferrauti meets him.
By Cristiana Ferrauti @Cristiana16492
“I have never been involved with a political party before,” says Scott Bartle, 31, parliamentary candidate for the Green Party in Brent North. “I couldn’t even stand those fancy rosettes politicians wore. And now I got rid of my gym membership, because walking from place to place for meeting people is enough training.” )
Speaking with politicians and learning about things face-to-face – and not by secondary means – are among others practices he has added to his daily routine.
So why did Bartle choose to stand?
“Sometimes you have just to go for yourself and try to encourage people to stand for what they care. Half of the young audience voted in 2010 general election. The majority of them do not trust politicians. The result is a never-ending circle: the more people don’t take part, the more things will not change.”
The Green Party has pledged to defend Human Rights and are committed to improved funding for public health and education.
Outside politics, Scott Bartle works with people with learning disabilities in the NHS. “You see how difficult society makes them to achieve everyday life: getting a job, even having a relationship.” He called it a “general day-by-day discrimination.”
When Bartle was 15 his best friend was diagnosed with schizophrenia. What Bartle saw when visiting him in hospital encouraged him to stand against the inequality and bad treatment that he saw there. “I kept that in my mind,” he says. As a result of his friend’s poor treatment, Bartle went on to take a degree in Psychology and Human Rights, followed by a Masters in Intellectual Disabilities and Development Disorders to learn more.
In the 2014 local election, he gained eight per cent – one of the highest results for an individual Green Party candidate in the constituency – running for Mapesbury Ward Brent, where he lives.
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With a green manifesto, which includes environment actions and more public spending for health, membership in the Green Party England and Wales has passed 50,000. By this way, it becomes the fourth major political party in the country, while the countdown for May General Elections starts.
The main change they want to carry on is to re-establish a “real democracy”.
The Green Party does not receive money from anywhere, but just relies on its memberships.
He refers to Greens as “the party of hope.” The general elections, he said, are important, but change is brought on a day-to-day basis.