Michael Padfield

Mike Padfield

I am 56, married with three grown up children, and have lived in Cheadle Hulme North for 31 years, although I originally come from Brighton.

I work in IT and my interests include watching football, cycling, and working on my shared allotment.
My overriding philosophy is for fairness, having long held concerns about inequalities and injustice. I joined the Green Party because I believe that they are the only party that has policies that will provide a balanced and truly sustainable economy, and will remove the dominance of vested interest in particular.

The current electoral system has failed us. We need a system where every vote counts not just those in marginal seats. The only way to achieve change is to vote for parties like the Green Party that believe change is necessary.
As a local Green Party member, I have sought to hold our representatives to account and actively campaigned on local issues. In particular I have campaigned against those plans that have threatened the green belt, and I have sought to improve our cycling network as part of the Stockport Cycling User Group.

At work I have always been a member of a union and for the last 10 years I have been a Workplace Representative, supporting my colleagues with their issues at work (grievances, disciplinary and redundancy). We need to reverse the tendency to demonise the Unions and remember that the rights that we are used to, such as holiday pay, sick pay, maternity pay, have all been won by unions in the past. The Green Party is supportive of the aims of Unions, and seeks to defend workers’ rights and ensure that workers are seen as an asset to society.

Twitter: @paddersbha