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Wales Green candidate ‘feels more comfortable’ in Brighton

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The Wales Green party has defended a gay candidate who plans to move to Brighton.

Matt Cooke was selected last October by the Wales Green party – an autonomous group within the Green Party of England and Wales – to stand in the Torfaen constituency.

However, despite being a prospective parliamentary candidate for a Welsh party, Mr Cooke tweeted his intention to move to Brighton.

He tweeted: “This year I want to move back to Brighton. I have to. I belong there!”

Wales Green party leader Pippa Bartolotti told WalesOnline: “This wasn’t the brightest thing to tweet in an election period. I’ve spoken to him about it. He was a bit squiffy and sentimental about his family, who live in Brighton.

“He’s a gay man and perhaps feels more comfortable in Brighton. I don’t think people will hold it against him for missing his family.

“But he’s not moving back to Brighton – he’s standing for us in Torfaen at a time when we’re putting on a lot of support.”

Mr Cooke later tweeted: “Gosh, if stuff I Tweet is going to start getting scrutinised, I guess that means I’m starting to make some kind of impact… GOOD!”


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