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Tree-saving Green Party candidate to face off against Labour MP Gavin Shuker in Luton South

By Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  Posted: April 20, 2017

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Marc Scheimann

Marc Scheimann

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THE Green Party candidate for Luton South is so passionate about the countryside he once chained himself to a tree in the town to stop it being cut down.

Marc Scheimann will face off against incumbent MP for the constituency Gavin Shuker in the upcoming snap election on June 8 called by Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Mr Scheimann, who has lived in Luton for over thirty years and stood four times before to represent the party, has stepped up to the plate again - despite his views that the snap election is a 'purely opportunistic' move by Ms May.

He told BoS: "This snap election is not a benefit of the UK public which largely has election fatigue, it is just a chance for Teresa May to ignore the public views for longer."

But despite chaining himself to a tree in Midland Road, Luton in 2010 to stop it being felled, Mr Scheimann's top priorities are tackling employment in the town and ensuring everyone is paid a £10 minimum wage.

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He said: "This is a plan we have had for donkeys years as we need to lift people up from the bottom and this is the wage that is necessary to do this.

"People in Luton look so sad and struggle to get on, very few people go around smiling, therefore we need to really address the needs of the many rather than the needs of the few.

"I have been a board member of the foodbank in Luton for some time and am very aware of the issues faced by Luton people and the struggles they face.

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"This is not a Britain I want to be part of and I want to build a future that is better."

He also claimed Mr Shuker had previously described him as 'the best MP Luton South will never have'.

The candidates standing for other political parties in the election for Luton South have yet to be announced.


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  • Dieter  |  April 21 2017, 11:45AM

    So, he tried four times before and lost every time. I think it is about time he wakes up to the smell of coffee, gets a proper job and forgets about becoming an MP. Keep on hugging trees, old boy.

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