Will Duckworth

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Will Duckworth
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Deputy Leader of the Green Party of
England and Wales
Incumbent
Assumed office
3 September 2012
Leader Natalie Bennett
Preceded by Adrian Ramsay
Personal details
Born (1954-01-20) 20 January 1954 (age 60)
Dudley, United Kingdom
Political party Green Party of England and Wales
Residence Dudley

Will Duckworth (born 20 January 1954) is a Green Party of England and Wales politician, and the party's current deputy leader. He has been the first Green Party councillor in the Black Country after he was elected to Metropolitan Borough of Dudley in 2012. He was elected as the party's second ever deputy leader on 3 September 2012 taking over from Adrian Ramsay.

He is also the West Midlands regional Green Party first choice candidate on the list for the 2014 European Parliament election.

Political career[edit]

Described by Derek Wall as "a true working class Black Country lad",[1] Duckworth joined the Green Party shortly before becoming a founder of the Dudley Greens in 2009. He became regional treasurer for the party, and stood unsuccessfully in Stourbridge at the 2010 UK general election.[2]

Duckworth first stood for the Greens in the Netherton, Woodside & St. Andrew's ward in Dudley in 2010, coming last (5th) receiving 168 votes (2.8%).[3] He stood again the following year after campaigning in the ward and received a much improved result coming second with 1,068 votes (28.0%). In 2012 he was elected with 1,525 votes (44.9%) taking the seat from the Conservative Party.[4] Duckworth claims he had completed over a thousand pieces of casework helping out local residents in the two years running up to the 2012 election.

Duckworth stood for Deputy Leader in the Green Party of England and Wales leadership election, 2012, on a joint platform with Romayne Phoenix, who contested the party leadership.[5] Although Phoenix was not elected, Duckworth beat Richard Mallender to become Deputy Leader.[6] As the Green Party rules states, he is now the deputy leader until the following election two years later in 2014.

In early August 2012 Duckworth was elected as the lead candidate in the Green Party list for the 2014 European Parliament election in the West Midlands region.

Personal life[edit]

Duckworth lives in Dudley with his wife Vicky.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Derek Wall, "Natalie Bennett has the ambition and nous to push the Green party forward", The Guardian, 3 September 2012
  2. ^ "Will Duckworth, Green, Stourbridge", The Northern Echo
  3. ^ http://www.dudley.gov.uk/council-democracy/democracy-elections/results-of-elections/local-election-2010/
  4. ^ http://www.dudley.gov.uk/council-democracy/democracy-elections/2012-local-election-results/
  5. ^ "Runners and riders: Green Party leadership", BBC News, 22 August 2012
  6. ^ "New Leader and Deputy Leader announcement", GPEW, 3 September 2012
Party political offices
Preceded by
Adrian Ramsay
Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales
2012–present
Incumbent