Dr Rupert Read is the lead candidate in the Eastern Region for the Green Party of England and Wales for the European Parliament elections in 2009, Reader in philosophy at the University of East Anglia and Green Party city councillor in Norwich. He makes regular appearances in the local and national press, speaking out on green issues - most notably on sustainable transport, green economics and social justice.
One of 15 Green Party councillors in Norwich, Rupert Read was first elected in 2004 to represent Wensum ward and re-elected in 2007 with 49% of the vote. Rupert serves on the Joint Highways Committee of the city and county councils, and is spokesperson on Transport for the Green Party city councillors. He is also the Green Party's representative on Norwich Peace Council and has been a prime active opponent of the British Government's foreign policy.
Having held a number of officer posts for the Eastern Region Green Party, at the beginning of 2007 Rupert Read was selected as Eastern Region Green Party’s lead candidate for the 2009 European Elections. The East of England is one the Green Party’s strongest regions, and under the proportional representation system that the European Elections operate on, the Party is optimistic that he will represent them in Brussels.
Dr Read is a Reader in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, specialising in philosophy of language, philosophy of science, and environmental philosophy. He has contributed to many books, including, in 2002, Kuhn: Philosopher of Scientific Revolution, co-authored with Wes Sharrock, and, in 2005, Film As Philosophy: Essays in Cinema After Wittgenstein And Cavell. His most recent book, Philosophy for Life: Applying Philosophy in Politics and Culture, was released in July 2007.
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