Wales Green Party
|Wales Green Party
Plaid Werdd Cymru
|International affiliation||Global Greens|
|European affiliation||European Green Party|
|European Parliament group||The Greens–European Free Alliance|
|Politics of Wales
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The Wales Green Party (WGP; Welsh: Plaid Werdd Cymru) is a semi-autonomous political party within the Green Party of England and Wales (GPEW). It covers Wales, and is the only regional party with autonomous status within the GPEW.
The WGP fights elections for the National Assembly for Wales (as well as at the local, UK and European level) and has its own newsletters, membership list, AGMs and manifesto. Members of the WGP are automatically members of the GPEW.
The current Leader is Pippa Bartolotti and the current Deputy Leader is Christopher Were. Wales is represented internally within the GPEW by Chris Simpson and Owen Clarke on the Green Party Regional Council (GPRC). Both sets of positions are directly elected by postal ballot.
Other officer positions within WGP (elected at AGM) are as follows:
- General Secretary
- Membership Secretary
- Press Officer
- Local Party Development Officer
- Campaigns Coordinator
- Green Wales Editor
- Conferences Coordinator
- Fund-raising Officer
- Web Officer
Wales-wide decisions are taken by the Wales Green Party Council made up of the spokespeople, the officers listed above and a representative from each local party.
In the May 2003 election to the National Assembly for Wales, the party fielded a list of candidates for each of the top-up regions but no candidates for the constituencies. The party failed to win any seats, coming closest in South Wales West with 4.8% of the vote.
In the 2004 elections, the Welsh party failed to gain any seats in the European Parliament (with 3.6% of the vote for the four Welsh seats) and lost their only county council seat (of Klaus Armstrong-Braun in Flintshire).
|Constituency||Candidate||Number of Votes||Proportion of Votes||Turnout|
|Aberavon||Miranda La Vey||510||1.7%||58.9%|
|Cardiff South & Penarth||John Matthews||729||2.0%||56.2%|
|Neath||Susan Jay Green||658||1.8%||62.2%|
|Newport West||Peter Varley||540||1.5%||59.3%|
|Preseli Pembrokeshire||Molly Scott-Cato||494||1.3%||69.5%|
|Swansea East||Tony Young||493||1.6%||52.4%|
|Swansea West||Martyn Shrewsbury||738||2.2%||57.1%|
|Total||11 (out of 40)||7, 144|
In the May 2007 election to the National Assembly for Wales, the party fielded a list of candidates in each of the top-up regions but no candidates for the constituencies. The party failed to win any seats, coming closest in Mid and West Wales with 4.1% of the vote. The regional party lists were as follows:
|Mid and West Wales||North Wales||South Wales Central||South Wales East||South Wales West (target region)|
|1.||Leila Kiersch||Jim Killock||John Matthews||Ann Were||Rhodri Griffiths|
|2.||Moth Foster||Joe Blakesley||Richard Payne||Alasdair McGowen||Brig Oubridge|
|3.||Marilyn Elson||Maredudd ap Rheinallt||David Pierce||Gerry Layton||Jane Richmond|
|4.||John Jennings||Wilf Hastings||Nigel Baker||Owen Clarke||Jonathan Spink|
|5.||Chris Simpson||Anthony Matthews|
In the European Parliament election, 2009 (United Kingdom), the Welsh party failed to gain any seats in the European Parliament, but increased the vote to 5.6% for the four Welsh seats).
The Wales Green Party fielded candidates in all 5 top-up regions for the National Assembly for Wales election, 2011. There were both candidates fielded in top-up regions and one candidate fielded for the constituencies.
The breakdown of candidates is shown below:
|Mid and West Wales||North Wales||South Wales Central(target region)||South Wales East||South Wales West|
|1.||Leila Kiersch||Dorienne Robinson||Jake Griffiths||Chris Were||Keith Ross|
|2.||Marilyn Elson||Timothy Foster||Sam Coates||Pippa Bartolotti||Huw Evans|
|3.||Peter Haig||John Matthews||Owen Clarke||Andy Chyba|
|4.||Matt Townsend||Alyson Ayland||Delyth Miller|
|5.||Teleri Clark||Alan Williams|
The was one candidate fielded in a constituency which was Chris Simpson who stood in Ceredigion.
- Wales Green Party (official website)