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Local activist Karin Tearle selected as Green Party candidate for Greenwich and Lewisham in 2024 GLA selections

Karin Tearle has been selected by local Green Parties in Greenwich and Lewisham as prospective candidate for the Greenwich and Lewisham constituency in next year’s Greater London Assembly elections.

Voters will go to the polls in May 2024 to elect a new London Mayor and 25 members of the Greater London Assembly, of which 3 currently represent the Green Party.

Karin Tearle secured 38.2% of the vote when Greenwich Greens came exceptionally close to winning their first Council seat in East Greenwich in 2022. She has been an active member of the cross-party Stop The Silvertown Tunnel Coalition since 2017, a regular organiser of litter picks in Greenwich, and recently attracted London-wide media coverage for her campaign to improve Cutty Sark DLR station. She is a former owner of a small business in Greenwich Town Centre, and was photographer for the book 111 Places In Greenwich That You Shouldn’t Miss.

Karin Tearle said:

“I’m excited to be standing to represent Greenwich and Lewisham alongside so many fantastic Green Party candidates across London. We have so many ideas and so much energy about how we can make London a better place. Greenwich and Lewisham have been represented by the same Labour Assembly Member since the London Assembly was created in 2000, and it’s time for a change. Electing a Green Party London Assembly member for Greenwich and Lewisham would send a huge message that the Silvertown Tunnel should be used for sustainable travel, not increased traffic and polluting HGVs. It would also open up both Boroughs to new ideas to tackle the housing crisis, cost of living, and climate crisis locally.”

The Green Party’s candidate to be London Mayor, Zoë Garbett, said:

“I’m really excited that Karin Tearle has been selected as our Greenwich & Lewisham Constituency Candidate for the elections in May. Karin is hard-working, listens to residents and has a track record of holding the Mayor to account on the disastrous Silvertown Road Tunnel which she has opposed from the start.  Karin would make a fantastic Assembly Member and do a great job representing residents.”

Green Party Deputy Leader and London Assembly Member, Zack Polanski, said:

“This is excellent news for Londoners in Greenwich and Lewisham. Karin has been a tireless campaigner on both environmental and social justice issues – and has brilliantly opposed the Silvertown Tunnel. By voting Green in May, local residents will be backing a hard working, effective campaigner to represent them inside City Hall.”

Current Green Party London Assembly Member, Sian Berry, said:

“People in Greenwich and Lewisham need an Assembly Member who will work to speak up for them and fight to stop the damage that would be caused by opening the Silvertown Road Tunnel as a funnel for increased traffic, HGVs and pollution. I have seen the hard work and creative campaigning Karin has already put into this issue for many years, and I know she will be a fantastic candidate who deserves your vote next May.”