THE Green Party have announced their candidate for Meon Valley in the upcoming general election.

Malcolm Wallace has lived in the constituency for more than 20 years with his wife, a GP, and their three children who go to local schools.

He obtained his PhD while working in engineering, and now works as a programme manager, which gives him "experience in leading teams and projects".

Mr Wallace said that he is proud to represent the Green Party in such a "divided time".

He added: "As a Green MP I would proudly represent all my constituents, both Leavers and Remainers, and fight for us all to have a final say on the deal with a people’s vote.

"Westminster Politicians have failed us all on Brexit. Like so many of us, I’m fed up. We need a radical new politics and the Green Party can offer that.

"I read a quote recently: 'the greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it'. I am standing for the Green Party in the Meon Valley because we cannot rely on our traditional politicians; the science has been there for over 30 years, but there has been a collective failure to act. "If we don’t act now, then when?"

The Green Party currently have one MP in Westminster, Caroline Lucas who represents Brighton Pavilion.

Mr Wallace continued: "We are witnessing a very worrying decline in our environment, oceans, and air quality. We desperately need a Green New Deal to address climate chaos, prioritise renewables and public transport and to deliver a better way of life.

"Our planet needs people in power who recognise that we are living in a climate emergency and are dedicated to taking action."