A SERVING councillor for Prescot South has been named as the Green Party's general election candidate for the St Helens South and Whiston constituency.

Kai Taylor, who represents Prescot South, will contest the seat held by Labour MP Marie Rimmer.

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Mr Taylor says that, following local and European election results in the area, Labour is "in trouble" and that the Greens would make them "work for every single vote".

Kai said: “Labour are in trouble in St Helens South and Whiston.

“The 2019 Local Elections were a total nightmare for The Labour Party here in St Helens.

In the St Helens South constituency, Labour lost four council wards, three of these to Green Party candidates.

"The European Elections also demonstrated how people in this area are saying enough is enough.

"It’s clear Labour aren’t standing up for working class communities here and The Green Party are going to make them work for every single vote.”

The Green Party of England and Wales launched its general election campaign last week with a call for £100bn a year to be spent on tackling the "climate emergency".

The Green Party also supports another EU referendum and is involved with the Liberal Democrats and Welsh party Plaid Cymru in an agreement to form a "Remain alliance" to stop Brexit.

The deal sees candidates stand aside for each other in some constituencies to increase the chances of a Remain-supporting MP being elected.

Kai added: “Since launching my campaign I’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of support I’ve received from residence right across St Helens.

"It’s so clear residents are sick and tired of politicians bickering over Brexit, they want to know what politicians are planning to do about rising crime, the lack of good employment and training opportunities, and how we are going to tackle the climate crisis.”