Chloe Turner

The Green Party has selected Chloe Turner as its parliamentary candidate for the new North Cotswolds constituency at the next general election. Turner is a councillor on both Stroud District Council and Gloucestershire County Council.

She serves as chair of the environment scrutiny committee on Gloucestershire County Council and chair of the environment committee on Stroud District Council.

Boundary changes have created the new North Cotswolds constituency, which incorporates a wide ribbon of villages and small towns previously unconnected by political boundaries. Parts of three district council areas are included within the new constituency: Stroud Cotswolds and Tewkesbury.

Commenting on her selection, Turner said: “After years of Conservative apathy, I believe there is appetite among voters for a hardworking MP who is equally comfortable rolling up her sleeves to sort recycling at a community event, scrutinising Audit Committee papers, pressing for better local public services and warm and affordable homes, and campaigning for clean waterways.

“Though parts of the constituency might seem to have little in common apart from the outstanding natural landscape, there are shared challenges, including depleted public services (transport, social housing, NHS and dental facilities, youth services), the impact of tourism and the difficulty of rural decarbonisation. The emergence of foodbanks across the constituency shows that cost-of-living pressures are affecting all communities, including those generally considered wealthy.

“I’m sure it’s no coincidence that after thirteen years of rural neglect, the Conservatives are in opposition in all three local authorities covered by the constituency. This, and the widespread disenchantment with the Tory government among many moderate Tory voters, means that the Conservatives cannot be complacent about winning this seat, as they have been in the former Cotswold constituency.

“As MP, I will be a voice for nature and a champion for local issues, including tackling the decline in rural public services and the cost-of-living pressures facing so many residents.”

Turner lives in Minchinhampton, within the North Cotswolds constituency. She is involved in numerous local groups and campaigns, including the Minchinhampton Multi-Agency Youth panel, local community events organisation Minch Life, Stroud District Action on Plastic, and the Stroud Universal Basic Income Lab, which she co-founded.

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