Q&A: Green Party’s Matthew Crowley

PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 February 2018

Matthew Crowley

Matthew Crowley is the elections and campaigns coordinator for Barking, Dagenham and Havering Green Party.

What’s your connection with the borough?

I have lived here since I was born.

At the age of 21 I am now also coordinating campaigns and the local election efforts for the local Green Party after having successfully campaigned to have the fire safety assessments of tower blocks in the borough published by the council after the Grenfell fire.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

Knowing that you are living in an area which has a rich and proud history.

After having the centenary of some women getting the vote, it is great to remember that it was the Ford’s workers of Dagenham that led the charge for the first Equal Pay act in the country.

What one thing would you change?

The council, preferably.

But I’d like to see more investment and use of our public spaces, especially our many green spaces and parks that are really untapped resources for recreation or community events.

Use three words to describe the area?

Deserves much better.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

I don’t have just one person.

I’d have to say my parents. I wouldn’t be where I am today without their support.

What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?

I would reform the education system and make it fit for purpose.

Many schools are too centred on training children to pass exams and become academics rather than developing skills needed in future life.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

I would have a feature celebrating everyday acts of kindness and people who are doing good things in the borough.

I would also focus on tackling air pollution, education, social care as well as encouraging young people to be engaged and get involved with politics.

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