Green Party

Labour disenfranchise 60% of electorate to win Oxford seat with lowest mandate ever

Posted on September 5, 2014 by | 2 Comments

Back in May, there were city council elections in Oxford. In the Carfax ward, the former Labour council leader, Alex Hollingsworth stood. He lost narrowly to the Green candidate, Ruthi Brandt. A couple of months later, something else happened. Each Oxford ward has two councillors, and there are elections for one of them every two [...]

Young Green Amelia Womack to be new GPEW Deputy Leader

Posted on July 2, 2014 by | 1 Comment

Environmental scientist Amelia Womack is uncontested for the Green’s female Deputy vacancy, while incumbent Will Duckworth faces three strong challengers for the male post.

It’s time to join the Green Party

Posted on May 28, 2014 by | 6 Comments

Last week, more than at any time I can remember, politically active friends from across the left – from the feminist, student, anti-austerity, environmental and democracy movements, seem to have turned out in droves to vote for The Green Party. This is an appeal to them – you – to join the party, and to [...]

Greens are now building a genuine base

Posted on May 26, 2014 by | 8 Comments

When looking at the Green Party result today, there are two important things to understand. The first is that the 2009 European election took place in the month after the expenses scandal. The second is that the UK lost many of its MEP seats in 2009, meaning it was harder to get each one. Because [...]

Nine (more) reasons to vote Green

Posted on May 8, 2014 by | 2 Comments

Over on Novara, I published a list of nine of my favourite policies from the Green manifesto for the European elections. They were: Universal Basic Income, a workers’ right to turn their company into a co-operative, restore trade union rights, support Scottish independence, rebuild the banking system, oppose dodgy ‘free trade’ deals, crack down on [...]

Brighton Greens demand referendum to save care services: the fight is on

Posted on January 16, 2014 by | 1 Comment

Brighton and Hove council’s Green Party administration has announced it will be pushing for a referendum on whether to save vital care services by increasing council tax by 4.75%. Here are ten immediate thoughts: 1) councils have been hit exceptionally hard by the cuts. This means services they provide – particularly social care for the [...]

9 Thoughts on Left Unity and its Founding Conference

Posted on December 1, 2013 by | 4 Comments

Saturday saw the launch of a new left-wing political party in Britain – Left Unity. I won’t attempt to report on it, as I wasn’t there (nor did I want especially want to be). I just want to lay down a few thoughts on its implications for the wider left, particularly the Greens – speaking [...]

Maggie Chapman is new Scottish Greens co-convenor

Posted on November 25, 2013 by | 2 Comments

Edinburgh city councillor, European Parliament candidate and Bright Green editor Maggie Chapman has been elected unopposed as the new female co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party.

6 reasons radicals might find party politics helpful

Posted on November 16, 2013 by | 3 Comments

I have a generalist attitude to political campaigning. To use the traditional metaphor, I think that left wing social movements should use all of the tools in the box. These include civil disobedience, and mass public mobilisations, and education, and publicity stunts. And electioneering is one such gadget. Specifically, I’m a member of the Green [...]

A Welsh eco-socialist alliance?

Posted on November 9, 2013 by | 17 Comments

Andy Chyba is a member of the Green Party in Wales, and was the lead candidate for the Welsh Greens in the European Parliament elections. He withdrew last week, explaining that he did not want to take votes away from Plaid Cymru, who share many of the ecosocialist goals of the Green Party of England [...]

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