Why I am standing

I love London but I believe it can be even better.

I want it to be the world’s greenest city: a diverse, healthy, fair and prosperous place. A city that shares its success with every citizen.

All of that is possible – but it needs political will, and a team with Green vision and Green values in City Hall.

I’m asking for your support to be the Green Party’s candidate for London Mayor because I think I’m the person to lead that team.

Since May 2014, I’ve been the sole opposition councillor on Islington Council. I’m a transport campaigner and the Green Party’s National Spokesperson on Local Transport. Beyond politics, I’ve been an artist, I’m a trained Civil Engineer and I’ve brought up three children.

As Mayor, I will set out a vision of a London where shared economic prosperity goes hand in hand with a Green revolution that radically improves:

* the homes we live in
* the streets we use and
* the air we breathe

I believe that with a strong organisation and the right values, anything is possible.

The 2016 London Assembly Elections are a chance for London to really shine: to lead the way as it has in the past.

But leading the way today means more than simply boasting about ever-increasing GDP. There’s so much more to life than that, as the million people who voted for the Green Party in the General Election understand.

If London is to be a great city in the future, it must be great in terms of the things that really matter to Londoners. London’s Mayor must be the servant of the people of London, not the representative of special interests.

If we decide that we want London to be the greenest city in the world, we can make it so. In twenty years’ time, people could be coming here and asking how we did it.

Politics is about possibility. It’s about making things happen. That’s why I’m asking you to help me – Caroline Russell – to become the Green Party’s Mayoral candidate for 2016 and no 1 on the list for the London Assembly.

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