General election interviews - Fiona McKenna - The Green Party candidate talks of a greener view on politics

Fiona McKenna - Green Party. EMN-171005-110309001
Fiona McKenna - Green Party. EMN-171005-110309001

The Green Party’s Fiona McKenna says she is Lincolnshire born and bred and has worked in the countryside conservation for five years.

Miss KcKenna, 34, has previously stood at local level in the Lincoln City Council and county council elections.

She said: “We need to look after our countryside, keep its character and make sure it doesn’t change after Brexit.”

She added: “I would like to see public transport improved across Lincolnshire and see electric cars becoming more affordable. Lincolnshire should get investment in infrastructure for people who want to work and live here.”

She said lack of transport made it harder for young people to find work in rural areas, saying: “We need to get the young, bright minds into agriculture and use their skills for improving technology and use the land in a better way, protecting the natural environment.”

She saw investment in renewables as a means of being self-reliant - particularly solar panels on factories and farms. She said there was a lack of consultation on plans to transform the health service locally and believed the NHS should remain in public hands, calling for increased funding for GP services to take pressure off A&Es. She also wants fairer funding of the county’s police to combat rural crime.

She said the UK could fund much of this by scrapping spending on replacing its nuclear deterrent and instead invest in diplomacy.

She saw it as important to not make it harder for EU nationals to work in the UK as they were needed in agriculture and the health service.

On Brexit, she said: “We need to get the best deal for our country as it is going to affect generations to come. It would be undemocratic not to let the British people see that deal and vote on it and there should be an opt-out.”

l Also standing for Sleaford and North Hykeham: Sally Chadd (UKIP), Jim Clarke (Labour), Paul Coyne (Independent), Caroline Johnson (Conservative) and Ross Pepper (Liberal Democrats).