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.