Origins Of The Greens

So, today I’m going to be telling everybody who may find themselves reading this somewhat of a story about the Green Party of England and Wales. Essentially, we have a deep and well rooted history both domestically and internationally too. We began way back as the PEOPLE party back in 1973. Our original founders were situated in Coventry, UK but quickly diversified throughout the country and we eventually renamed the party as The Ecology Party back in 1975. From here it was 10 years to the day before we changed our title from the Ecology Party to The Green Party. From this date we were together and in full force for a further 4 years before the division of the Scottish Green Party from the main party. This is ultimately why we do not have Scotland in the Party name. The reasoning behind this change was because our Scottish politicians believed that they were better placed to make more radical changes being a segment within their countries’ political system too. Similarly, since Scotland have received their own parliamentary system this has benefited them massively too and it was ultimately the right decision at the time and still is today.

In the early years of our party between our inception as the Green Party in 1985 we spent many years and much effort on trying to capitalize on our substantial successes’ within the European elections. As a result of this we decided to create a group called the Green 2000 way back in 1990. This group was a subsidiary of members belonging to our party who argued that we should internally reorganize the structure of it so that we could actually try to win a more substantial margin of seats in the general and indeed local elections too. This group proposed a wide range of inter political party reforms, the focal point of these changes would indeed be an increasingly centralized structure of the party.

By the time it got to 1993 we saw the Green Party of England and Wales adopt a basis for renewal program, this period of time was wrought with policy changes and calls for reform. There was indeed widespread reform throughout these years to try to save the party from running out of money and ultimately from ceasing to exist. The fact that we are still active and are campaigning to this day illustrates that this was not the ultimate fate for the Greens, however it was a very turbulent time where there were high risks of failure. One thing that we have been battling with over the years is the fact that many people regard our party as a single issue party, this is something that still troubles us to this day but one day we hope to surpass this issue and build upon our rich and fruitful beginnings.

Green Party Functionality

So the interesting thing about our party is the fact that we traditionally didn’t have a defined leader of the party, instead we have used two principal speakers in the place of this singular role. However, way back in 2007, we changed all of this and moved towards the notion of having a centralized leadership of the party – rather than a male and female speaker. This motion was passed with ease, following many, many years of prior discussion. In actual fact, when the vote was initially put forward, there were rumors that the party was actually going to head towards voting against this proposal. In actuality however we saw quite the opposite. The motion was passed with over 70% of the vote going to way of utilizing one central speaker in place of two. After this vote was passed elections then began within the party to identify the best potential leader for the party – the first one that had ever been elected too. It took around a whole year for this process to evolve and perpetuate into a final decision.

Caroline Lucas

On the 8th of September 2008 we saw our first leader be crowned, Caroline Lucas was now the leader of the Green Party of England and Wales. Similarly, Adrian Ramsay was also elected as the deputy leader for the party too. When the party reformed, many were expecting the Green Party to lose their constituencies in Britain, however this was far from the truth. It appears that in actual fact they had one of the strongest election results in their history. Public opinion was at its highest for years regarding the party and many people were discussing the Green’s role within the UK democratic scene too. During the 2010 general election the Green Party returned their first member of parliament for the Brighton seat.

This seat remains the only seat that the Greens have held since this time. In order to win this seat, the Green party gained a total of 23┬áseats within the local election and was only a total of 5 short of a total majority too – an amazing feat in itself. In the 2012 elections the Greens managed to gain some more seats and also retained their parliamentary members in the 2012 London Assembly election too. The one issue that they faced was in the London Mayoral election whereby Jenny Jones only managed to finish in third place, therefore losing her initial deposit. Since 2012 Jenny Jones and also Caroline Lucas have both stood down from the party and are no longer part of the leadership team anymore. In their place came Natalie Bennett and Will Duckworth too as leader and deputy. Further developments since 2012 have occurred, in the 2013 local elections the Greens had a particularly strong showing and they managed to gain a further 5 seats – with the party withholding all of their previous seats in parliament too.