A Strong Selection for West of England Metro Mayor

The Green Party have announced their candidate for the Metro Mayor elections for the West of England.

Following an impressive result at the 2015 parliamentary elections in the Bristol West constituency, Darren Hall is the man hoping to ‘turn the West of England Green’.

Mr Hall achieved a huge increase in the Green vote in the general election, rising from three per cent to 26.8 to finish second with 17,000 votes.

He says that his focus will be the long-term future of the Bath and Bristol area – while also looking after the planet.

Who is Darren Hall?

After growing up in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, he studied mechanical engineering at Swansea University before joining the RAF as an engineering officer.

He moved to Bristol in 2001, working initially for the Home Office as a crime and drugs manager before running the council’s Bristol Green Capital Partnership.

Now a freelance project manager, he is involved with a variety of organisations and among his hobbies, he lists surfing, cycling and photography.

On being the Green Party candidate…

“I am honoured to have been selected by Green Party members from across the Bristol & Bath area to represent them in this role.”

“I passionately believe though that this isn’t about local politics, there is an incredibly important job of work to do. This is about practical, positive change to ensure Bristol & Bath have a prosperous long-term future.”

What would he do as Mayor?

“Our region is home to top quality jobs in design, technology, finance and legal sectors but we have to make sure they are fit for the future, as well as offering opportunities for all those that aren’t currently part of that success story.

“People want to be able to live somewhere that is affordable, be able to get to work easily and cheaply and to have a secure, meaningful job so that they can look after their families.

“Most would also like to be able to do all that in a way that doesn’t ruin the planet. That is what this role is all about, and with my experience as an engineer, as the director of social enterprises, and as someone who has worked for many years with government at all levels, I feel that I can reach out to communities to go beyond local politics and concentrate on delivering real, positive change.”

What do others say about him?

Jonathan Bartley (co-leader of The Green Party): “No one can doubt Darren’s qualities as a candidate. He has a proven track record in Bristol of convincing tens of thousands of people to vote Green.

“He has an impressive knowledge of the West of England region understanding the challenges around housing, transport and sustainability that this role will need to tackle.”

Molly Scott Cato MEP: “Having worked with Darren during his Bristol West parliamentary campaign in 2015 I saw how he reached out to thousands of people, securing 26 percent of the vote in the constituency.

“He has a natural charisma. As an MEP I can see the need for regional cooperation and planning and I am convinced that Darren, as a Green Metro Mayor, is the right person to fulfil that role.”