Gary Shacklady is the Green candidate for the Earley and Woodley constituency.

He works as a primary school teacher, and is 38 years old.

Claim to the area:

I grew up in Lower Earley, went to school in this constituency, founded Earley Cricket Club and have lived in Woodley for the last 14 years

 What are the three biggest challenges facing the people of Earley and Woodley?

Earley and Woodley as a constituency includes Whitley, Shinfield and Sonning. Such a vast and diverse area cannot easily be narrowed down to three challenges which fit all. I would say the cost of living, especially in terms of rent and bills is one.

Also, many people tell me about their climate fears around rising temperatures, flooding and the future of these.

Finally, many people feel there is a lack of opportunities, resulting in antisocial behaviour and crime.

What causes will you be championing if elected as an MP?

I will champion equal rights and opportunities for all, animal welfare, and climate and environmental action, beginning with educating people about the small gains and quick wins they can easily achieve to make a huge contribution.

What car do you drive?

I drive a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV most of the time and a Triumph Spitfire on sunny weekend days when I get the chance.

What's your favourite film or TV show?

My favourite film is Back to the Future and I am currently hooked on Ghosts, The Outlaws, Young Offenders and Chicago Fire on TV.

When was the last time you cried?

Last week, watching 24 Hours in A+E.

What's your stance on drug legalisation, and have you ever taken any drugs in your past?

I feel the use of certain drugs should be legal and controlled, so users are safer but, with that, we urgently need to tackle the causes of drug use and ease people away from dependency before they progress to stronger, often more damaging substances.

I supported the Scottish proposal for safe drug rooms for those addicted to drugs to be able to avoid overdose and get help to end their addiction.

I have never taken recreational drugs, nor have I ever smoked. I do, however, drink alcohol and many see that as a drug, especially as it can be addictive, harmful and lethal when over-consumed.