Standing for Parliament

November 16th, 2014

THE GREEN Party has named its parliamentary candidate for Nuneaton in next year’s General Election.

 My election website is at www.keithkondakor.co.uk

Keith Kondakor, who is the leader of the green groups on both Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough and Warwickshire County Councils, will contest the seat against the current MP Marcus Jones in the May 2015 election.

 

Keith, who is 49, was born and brought up in Nuneaton. After studying at Birmingham University, he worked in the London area for a few years, where he met his wife, Michele. They moved back to Nuneaton in 1999. He is well known in Nuneaton for his campaigning. This started in 2006 when he defeated possible plans for a mass burn waste incinerator at the Judkins site to the west of Abbey Green. He then took part in fighting Acute Services review at the George Eliot Hospital, which resulted in saving some of the services that were due to be lost. Keith also led a campaign to save off-peak Virgin Train services and is a key member of the local rail user group.

Natalie Bennett, Green Party leader, said: “I congratulate Keith, and look forward to seeing a strong Green showing in Nuneaton next May.

“On my visits to Nuneaton I’ve seen how much his efforts as a councillor are valued, particularly in supporting the economically crucial market and defending and improving Nuneaton’s human and natural environment.

“The future of politics doesn’t look like the past, and with voters looking beyond the three business-as-usual parties, I’d urge them to send Keith to Westminster to help deliver the economic, social, environmental and political transformation this country needs, to make it work for the common good, not just for the few.”

 

Mr Kondakor said he felt many people in Nuneaton were fed up with the old party politics. “ I am standing at the next election to offer a real alternative who will put the area first”.

“If elected as your MP our local NHS services will be my top priority. I will fight to strengthen the George Eliot Hospital and ensure it has sustainable long term funding. We also have a crisis in Primary care with an increasing GPs shortage that needs to be addressed.”


“Our campaigning funds come from the generosity of local supporters, so if you want to see a real alternative at the next election, please consider making a donation of either time or money. It is important that Nuneaton’s next MP is not indebted to London’s billionaires or union paymasters.”

Contacts

Keith Kondakor

024 76 344 079

keith @ nuneatongreenparty.org.uk

twitter @greennuneaton

Trains

November 24th, 2008

SInce May 2006 I have been fighting cuts to the Virgin Train service at Nuneaton after 14th December 2008. We will get better local sercives but no virgin trains will stop at Nuneaton between the rush hours.

See nuneaton rail user group

We how have to work on the other routes. Fares on Crosscounty have just gone up 11% at Nuneaton. Join the facebook page a get things changed.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=56132762812

Keith Kondakor

November 24th, 2008

My name is Keith Kondakor. I was born in Nuneaton in 1965 and lived here until 1983 and returned in 1999 .

I have been playing with Electronics for most of the last 30 years and was repairing valve televisions as a child in the late1970s! I was educated at St Thomas More School and King Edward VI collage in Nuneaton. I was extremely good at maths & physics and extremely bad at English and languages. I suspect that I am a little dyslexic, but today the spell checker mostly saves me. I have many faults but being over modest is not among them!

I studied electronics at the university of Birmingham and obtained a first class Bachelor of Engineering degree. Until 1999 I lived in Surrey and then West London designing electronics for the Broadcasting and Communications industries. In 1997 I set up my own limited company K Squared Technology Ltd. This has allowed me develop by doing projects for a more varied set of clients both big and small.

Walking in Scotland with My wife Michele

When I returned to live in Nuneaton in 1999 it was to achieve a better quality of life. My wife, Michele and I love walking and had spent a large amount of time in traffic getting to, from and around in London. We are now very active members of the Nuneaton Mountaineering Club and also lead walks for the Nuneaton Rambling Club. Over the last few years we have become very concerned about the Environment and started attending the local Friends of the Earth meetings in Nuneaton.

We are not radical environmentalists but are changing our lives and town slowly. We now have just one car and cycle a lot more. We have also stopped flying having taken surface transport for all our trips since 2006. We buy less food at supermarkets, shopping first at markets and our local farm shop. Much of the time I work from home.

I am now one of the UK’s most sucessful waste campainers having help prevent 5 new waste incinerators.

Incinerators

November 24th, 2008

My connection with incinerators

In 2005 I found out that Warwickshire County Council wanted to build a large waste incinerator and its likely location was in Nuneaton. Over the next year I learned a lot about incinerators and killed off WCC’s plans. In the process I have become a bit of a waste expert and now help groups around England and Wales fight plans for waste incinerators.

The much of this campaigning involves either local Friends of the earth groups or single-issue groups. We now have a newly formed “UK without incineration” (www.ukwin.org.uk) to network between such campaigns. In 2008 I was awarded an “Earth mover” award by Friends of the Earth in recognition of the help that I provide to uk-win and groups around the country.

I them helped fighting plans for waste burners in

Coventry

Derby

Sherward Forest

Shrewsbury

Staffordshire (Four Ashes)

Leicestershire (maybe at Barton)

Hull (salt end)

archive

November 24th, 2008

Recent campaigning has been on

  • Preventing loss of 2nd Fire Engine in Nuneaton
  • Waste & recycling
  • protecting out train services
  • keeping our NHS public
  • better public transport & cycle lanes

I am trying to do more when I have time on

  • shopping local
  • cheaper bus fares
  • stop litter
  • energy audits

And I have already been part of

  • stopping a waste incinerator in Nuneaton
  • stopping toxic waste plant at Judkins
  • fighting loss of services at the George Eliot Hospital
  • getting more recycling in Nuneaton
  • getting Nuneaton & Bedworth Borougth council to reduce energy waste
  • fighting cuts to Virgin Trains

 

Nuneaton Friends of the Earth

November 23rd, 2008

(full name Nuneaton & District Friends of the Earth)

When and where?

We meet on the 4th Tuesday of every month from 7:30 pm at the Crown which is near the Railway station in Nuneaton.

We always have lively discussions on a wide variety of environmental issues – everyone is always welcome !

About this group

Nuneaton & District Friends of the Earth was formed in 1991. It exists to serve the communities of Nuneaton & Bedworth, North Warwickshire and Hinckley & Bosworth boroughs.
We provide local people with the latest information on the widest range of regional, national and worldwide environmental issues. We also exist to help local people have their say about local environmental needs, drawing upon the national resources of the organisation to provide authoritative solutions to local problems. We have close links with other Friends of the Earth groups throughout the Midlands.
We are the only environmental organisation in the area to campaign on local, regional, national and international issues. If you live in the area and are interested in environmental matters you need to be a member of Nuneaton
Friends of the Earth! We are a very active group ! We have spoken at borough council meetings to improve the poor recycling facilities. We are challenging the county councils plans for an incinerator in Coventry.
Pressure is also applied on the local MPs to support bills on tackling global warming and corporate responsibility.
We also need to improve local transport. We believe there should be a much better rail service between Stafford, Atherstone, Nuneaton and Rugby, for example. Better co-ordination between the different transport authorities is needed.
The group is making big progress on influencing the powers that control our lives. We are looking to recruit more members as the more active members that we have, the greater the pressure that we can exert. We are well known at all levels to local politicians. Never has it been so important to campaign. The local green spaces are under threat of further development.

We have stopped a waste incinerator and a toxic waste plant being built in Nuneaton; pushed the council for better recycling and battled cuts to the Virgin Train service at Nuneaton.

Contacts

November 21st, 2008

This is website is edited by Keith Kondakor, a green activist from Nuneaton. Its contents do not represent the official views of any group. If you wish to discuss the contents feel free to phone keith on 76 344 079 (you will need to add 024 if phoning from outside Nuneaton & Coventry). You can also email keith at greennuneaton.org.uk (use @ instead of “at“)

 

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