Candidate for Suffolk Coastal

Rachel Smith-Lyte

Green Party General Election Candidate

An East Suffolk native, I attended Farlingaye High school and have since worked in London and the Far East teaching street kids for free and for an environmental conservation charity in Norwich and Ipswich as well as the RSPB and in HR for a local authority. A long-time green activist with Greenpeace and later Extinction Rebellion, I realised that with the looming climate and biodiversity crisis I needed to get involved politically also and there has only ever been one party who takes these issues seriously. I joined the Green Party in 2011 and have stood three times in local elections including in the 2015 General Election gaining 6% of the vote share. This May I secured my first seat on the new East Suffolk Council – the first Green to be elected in the old Suffolk Coastal district. I am passionate about protecting the area’s natural environment from inappropriate development and the links between sustainable transport and improved air quality. My other interests include localism and 'passiv haus' affordable housing as part of a post-growth society.

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