Bristol councillor elected Green Party co-leader

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The resignation of both Siân Berry and Jonathan Bartley earlier this year triggered yet another race for the leadership of the Green Party of England and Wales.

This came to a conclusion on Friday the 1st of October, when Bristol councillor Carla Denyer was elected co-leader alongside the Norfolk-based former deputy, Adrian Ramsay.

Denyer, who has represented the ward of Clifton Down since 2015, previously achieved 25% of the vote in Bristol West in the 2019 general election, and proposed the first successful climate emergency declaration in Europe to Bristol City Council.

The new co-leaders of the party won 44% of the first preference votes before going onto win the race on the second-round with 62% of the vote including second preferences.

Carla Denyer and Adrian Ramsay

Current deputy leader Amelia Womack and long time political activist and Extinction Rebellion co-founder Tamsin Omond came in second place, achieving 30% of the first preference votes. Womack will remain as deputy leader.

Shahrar Ali, who caused much controversy within the party over his alleged transphobia, came third with 21% of first preference votes. Ali’s views, alongside those of other members, were behind Berry’s decision to step down from the leadership.

With the party currently polling at 9% of the vote, higher than the Liberal Democrats, Denyer said in a statement that Ramsay and her “are thrilled to have been elected as Green Party leaders, but this is now where the hard work begins, to elect more MPs and more councillors across the country. It is only by doing this that we can make the difference we all so desperately want to see.”

Denyer has previously said she was running on a ticket of putting compassion back into politics and ensuring the party is a “welcoming and inclusive place” that “stands together for human rights and the environment.”

With a new team at the head of a party on the rise, where Denyer and Ramsay take the Green Party could have a major impact on British Politics.