Election '05: Question Time - Jayne Forbes, Green Party candidate, Hornsey and Wood Green

What's your job in the sector?

I am chair of the World Development Movement. I have been on its council for 11 years and was vice chair for eight before becoming chair last year.

Why do you want to go into politics?

I joined the Green Party and WDM because I had been working in Africa and was appalled by the poverty. I realised that the only way to make real change was to tackle the people with power. This meant campaigning - which is the role of WDM - and becoming involved in politics.

Why did you choose the Green Party?

The Green Party was the only one with policies radical enough to contest the status quo. I appreciate that I am unlikely to be elected, but I believe it is important to give people the opportunity to vote Green. I also believe the only way a government will take the policies we stand for into account is if people vote for us. We know that even without being in power we have been able to influence decision-makers.

What will you do for the sector if you get in?

The sector has an important role to play in providing for needs that are unmet by the private or public sectors. It gives people an opportunity to contribute to society and do something worthwhile. But it must not be used to replace vital community services; it should complement public provision.

What are the main Green policies?

The Green Party believes everyone should have the opportunity to achieve their potential. One of our major policies is the basic income scheme.

This would give people more time to do what they want. Some would spend this extra time working part-time to earn more money or training; others would choose to volunteer for things.

In 2001, Hornsey and Wood Green was won by Labour's Barbara Roche with a majority of 10,614.

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