Greens in Rother have chosen Jonathan Kent to contest the Bexhill and Battle parliamentary constituency this May.
Jonathan is a journalist, writer and broadcaster. He lives in Ticehurst.
He grew up in the constituency and went to school at Stonegate and Skinners’, Tunbridge Wells, before going up to Oxford to read philosophy and theology.
As a journalist he’s worked for the BBC and Reuters, including a spell as a political reporter at Westminster.
As a foreign correspondent he reported from SE Asia for Newsweek, US National Public Radio, Canadian and Australian broadcasting, the Daily Telegraph and others.
However his main role was as the BBC’s man in Kuala Lumpur.
Since returning to the UK he’s worked with a number of technology start-ups in fields as diverse as news, retail, 3D and supply chain management.
His series ‘Our Daily Bread’ looking at what bread has to tell us about human history, health, faith, culture and relationships was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2012.
His first children’s book is expected to be published in 2016.
Jonathan says: “We live in one of the wealthiest parts of England and yet most of us know people struggling to get enough work, afford decent housing or get by on a pension.
“Greens want an ‘us’ society, not a ‘them and us’ society, one where people can achieve their full potential and live with dignity, not one where they can be brushed aside and forgotten.
“Ensuring that no one is left behind is the measure of how civilised we are as a community and a nation.
“In a beautiful area like Bexhill and Battle we need to protect our environment and heritage from unscrupulous developers and frackers while encouraging sensible projects that help the local economy and benefit us all.
“It’s all about meeting local needs and not giving in to greed.”