14 September 2016
Mx Andrew Creak, 19, has been selected and nominated as the Wales Green Party candidate in the Gilfach (Caerphilly County Borough Council) by-election on the 6th October. Creak, who is the co-convener of the youth and student branch of the Green Party in Wales and the Welsh Green Pride spokesperson, contested the Caerphilly constituency seat in the recent National Assembly for Wales election in May, increasing the party’s vote share to a new high.
Creak said “I am delighted to be accepted as a candidate in the Gilfach by-election, and as the first green candidate in any ward in the Caerphilly Council. I look forward to speaking to residents on the doorstep in the coming weeks.”
In the past year Creak has helped campaign groups Gwern Y Domen, and Keep Caerphilly Mountain Green to fight the Local Development Plan (LDP) voted in favour for by the Labour council, which included building on greenfield sites and areas of scientific interest.
“I was so relieved when the council finally caught up with the people of Caerphilly in recognising that the LDP was a bad idea; it’s just a shame it took such a lengthy period of public consultation for them to realise the obvious.”
Creak also launched Welsh Green Pride’s new campaign at Pride Cymru back in August. The campaign is pushing for non-binary gender acceptance, and has wide support, including Co-Leader of the Green Party Jonathan Bartley, who said “There is currently no legal recognition for non-binary people, despite the fact that tens of thousands throughout the UK identify in this way. This is clearly discriminatory and needs to end. I am very happy to support Welsh Green Pride's campaign.”