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.
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 seats 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.