Brian Heatley was the Green Party's parliamentary candidate for South Dorset in 2010. (Weymouth, Portland and Swanage, and much of south Purbeck in between).
Brian has lived in Weymouth since 2003. He is Treasurer of Weymouth and Portland Transition Towns. He has stood for local authority elections in Weymouth in most recent years.
From 2004 until 2009 he was a member of the Green Party national executive, responsible for policy. He was co-author of the Green Party's 2010 General Election manifesto. His particular policy interest is economics. He says ‘My particular mission in the Green Party has been to develop realistic costed policies that add up to a coherent whole, and build the reputation of the Party as being more realistic and down to earth on economic issues than the other parties.'
He was a leading opponent of plans to build a power plant on Portland burning palm oil grown on land that has been cleared of rainforest. In the Dorset County Council elections he has particularly stressed the need to defend, and indeed extend, local bus services.
Brian is a former senior civil servant who worked mainly in the Department for Trade and Industry. In particular he worked on policy, finance and planning for major government training programmes, and earlier on support for small businesses and on the regulation of the financial sector. He has also worked both in inner London and also Ethiopia as a maths teacher.
Brian has Masters degrees in both mathematics and history. His interests outside politics include cooking, keeping fit, growing vegetables, walking the dog and trying to understand how the economy really works.