Leeds Green Party

Martin Hemingway: Policy Officer

Martin Hemingway, Local Party Contact

Martin Hemingway, Policy Officer

"Green politics is not only concerned with the issues of the environment. It is concerned with every issue that affects people."

Martin has lived in Weetwood, Beckett Park Estate, since moving back to his family roots in Yorkshire in 1986. Formerly an archaeologist, he now teaches Geography and Law in a Bradford School. He is married and has two children. Martin Hemingway stood for Parliament for Leeds North West in 2005 and 2010 and has been the local elections candidate for Weetwood ward for several years.

Always environmentally concerned he served as a Leeds City Councillor from 1990 to 2002. Then part of the Labour Group, Martin worked on issues that were on the green agenda - waste collection, recycling and disposal; provision of good housing; peace activities and peace education; opposition to nuclear power and weapons; green purchasing. He persuaded the Labour Group to oppose waste incineration in the city.

"In the end I could not defend the activities of the Labour government, and the illegal invasion of Iraq was for me the issue that saw my move to the Green Party. "

"Green politics is not only concerned with the issues of the environment. It is concerned with every issue that affects people, but sees it from a green perspective - sustainable communities, a sustainable quality of life, a sustainable future. The concerns are no narrower than those of other parties; the principles are stronger. "

Martin narrowly missed out on becoming the first Green MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber in the 2009 European Elections.

Martin is one half of the Policy Officer for the Leeds Green Party.

Martin Hemingway  

Leeds, Weetwood

07830249115