Amelia Womack

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Amelia Womack
Amelia Womack portrait.jpg
Womack in Sheffield in May 2017
Deputy Leader of the Green Party of
England and Wales
Assumed office
1 September 2014
Serving with Shahrar Ali (2014–2016)
LeaderNatalie Bennett (2014–2016)
Caroline Lucas (2016–2018)
Jonathan Bartley (2016–)
Siân Berry (2018–)
Preceded byWill Duckworth
Shahrar Ali (co-deputy, 2014–2016)
Personal details
Born (1985-01-12) 12 January 1985 (age 35)
Newport, Wales, United Kingdom
Political partyGreen Party of England and Wales
Alma materUniversity of Liverpool
Imperial College London

Amelia Helen Womack (born 12 January 1985) is a British politician. She has served as Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales since September 2014 (alongside Shahrar Ali for the period 2014–16).

She was re-elected Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales in September 2016 for a second two-year term,[1] and then again in September 2018.[2]

Education[edit]

Womack was born in Newport in Monmouthshire, Wales[3] She attended Bassaleg School, a state comprehensive school in the suburb of Bassaleg, from 1996 to 2003.[4] She studied a BSc in Environmental Biology[4] at Liverpool University,[5] and went on to complete an MSc in environmental technology at Imperial College London in 2009, with a thesis entitled Who's afraid of environmental law? How the law of Ecocide can secure our environment for business resilience.[6]

Political career[edit]

Womack joined the Green Party around 2000.[7] She stood as a Green candidate for Herne Hill ward on Lambeth Council, in the 2014 United Kingdom local elections,[8] and for London in the 2014 European Parliament election, though she won neither seat.[9]

She was elected deputy leader of The Green Party in September 2014, delivering her first speech in the role at the party's conference on 6 September.[10] Having been elected at the age of 29, Womack is the youngest deputy leader of any political party in the UK.[11]

She stood in the Camberwell and Peckham constituency in the 2015 general election,[12] finishing third with just over 10% of the vote.

In September 2015, Womack announced her intention to stand for the Wales Green Party in the 2016 National Assembly for Wales election. The Welsh Green Party announced in late October that she had been selected as the lead candidate for the regional South Wales Central (proportional representation) list as well as for the Cardiff Central constituency.[13]

Womack's re-election as Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales was announced at the party conference in early September 2016. She served a second two-year term.[14]

Through her work as an End Ecocide Campaigner, she has worked with Vivienne Westwood to promote the change in environmental law and attempt to secure the one million votes required for a European Citizens' Initiative.[15]

In August 2016, she criticised Byron Hamburgers after they worked with the Home Office to call their London workers to a fake Health and Safety briefing, whereat immigration officials present at the venue arrested several employees, deporting 35 for immigration offences. Womack was quoted as saying "It’s about the family and friends of people who are left behind as well. You don’t need to be pro-migration to realise that employing people, having them pay tax and contribute to the company for years and then turn them over to authorities without any responsibility for the chaos caused is the wrong thing to do".[16]

In March 2017, Womack reported the Daily Mail newspaper to the Independent Press Standards Organisation over a front page photo of Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon with the caption "Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it". In her submission she said: "This headline and the further derogatory comments inside the paper would not have even been considered, let alone published, if the two politicians in question had been men".[17]

Womack was again re-elected Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales in September 2018.[2] She is currently serving a two-year term.

In January 2019 she apologised for tweeting a picture accused of being antisemitic.[18]

In February 2019, it was announced that Womack would be the Wales Green Party candidate in the 2019 Newport West by-election,[19] a position she had nominally been selected for in November 2018.[20] The by-election was held on 4 April 2019 and Womack finished in sixth place in a field of 11 candidates, with 924 votes (3.9% of the total votes cast).[21]

In August 2019, Womack was again nominated by the Wales Green Party as the candidate for Newport West in a prospective snap general election.[22] Womack stood in the 2019 general election. She again came in sixth place, but this time out of a field of six candidates.[23] She achieved a smaller share of the vote compared to the by-election, receiving 2.1% of the total votes cast.

In June 2020, Womack announced her intention to stand again as deputy leader.[24]

Electoral history[edit]

2019 general election[edit]

General election 2019: Newport West[25][23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ruth Jones 18,977 43.7 -8.6
Conservative Matthew Evans 18,075 41.6 +2.3
Liberal Democrats Ryan Jones 2,565 5.9 +3.7
Brexit Party Cameron Edwards 1,727 4.0 N/A
Plaid Cymru Jonathan Clark 1,187 2.7 +0.3
Green Amelia Womack 902 2.1 +0.9
Majority 902 2.1 -10.9
Turnout 43,433 65.2 -2.3
Registered electors 66,657
Labour hold Swing -5.5

2019 by-election[edit]

2019 Newport West by-election[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ruth Jones 9,308 39.6 -12.7
Conservative Matthew Evans 7,357 31.3 -8.0
UKIP Neil Hamilton 2,023 8.6 +6.1
Plaid Cymru Jonathan Clarke 1,185 5.0 +2.5
Liberal Democrats Ryan Jones 1,088 4.6 +2.4
Green Amelia Womack 924 3.9 +2.8
Renew June Davies 879 3.7 N/A
Abolish the Welsh Assembly Richard Suchorzewski 205 0.9 N/A
SDP Ian McLean 202 0.9 N/A
Democrats and Veterans Philip Taylor 185 0.8 N/A
For Britain Hugh Nicklin 159 0.7 N/A
Majority 1,951 8.3 -4.7
Turnout 23,515 37.1 -30.5
Registered electors 63,623
Labour hold Swing -2.4

2016 Welsh Assembly election[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 2016: Cardiff Central[27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jenny Rathbone 10,016 38.4 +0.5
Liberal Democrats Eluned Parrott 9,199 35.3 −2.4
Conservative Joel Williams 2,317 8.9 −6.2
Plaid Cymru Glyn Wise 1,951 7.5 +0.3
UKIP Mohammed Islam 1,223 4.7 +4.7
Green Amelia Womack 1,150 4.4 +4.4
Independent Jane Croad 212 0.8 +0.8
Majority 817 3.1 +2.9
Turnout 26,068 45.6 +7.6
Labour hold Swing +1.7

2015 general election[edit]

General election 2015: Camberwell and Peckham[28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Harriet Harman 32,614 63.3 +4.1
Conservative Naomi Newstead 6,790 13.2 +0.1
Green Amelia Womack 5,187 10.1 +7.1
Liberal Democrats Yahaya Kiyingi 2,580 5.0 −17.4
UKIP David Kurten 2,413 4.7 N/A
All People's Party Prem Goyal 829 1.6 N/A
National Health Action Rebecca Fox 466 0.9 N/A
TUSC Nick Wrack 292 0.6 N/A
CISTA Alex Robertson 197 0.4 N/A
Workers Revolutionary Joshua Ogunleye 107 0.2 −0.3
Whig Felicity Anscomb 86 0.2 N/A
Majority 25,824 50.1 +11.3
Turnout 51,561 62.3 +3.0
Registered electors 82,746
Labour hold Swing +2.0

2014 European elections[edit]

2014 European election: London
List Candidates Votes % ±
Labour Claude Moraes, Mary Honeyball, Lucy Anderson, Seb Dance,
Ivana Bartoletti, Kamaljeet Jandu, Sanchia Alasia, Andrea Biondi
806,959
(201,739.75)
36.67 +15.4
Conservative Syed Kamall, Charles Tannock,
Marina Yannakoudakis, Caroline Attfield, Lynne Hack, Sheila Lawlor, Glyn Chambers, Annesley Abercorn
495,639
(247,819.5)
22.52 −4.8
UKIP Gerard Batten,
Paul Oakley, Elizabeth Jones, Lawrence Webb, Alastair McFarlane, Andrew McNeilis, Anthony Brown, Peter Whittle
371,133 16.87 +6.1
Green Jean Lambert,
Caroline Allen, Haroon Saad, Shahrar Ali, Danny Bates, Tracey Hague, Violeta Vajda, Amelia Womack
196,419 8.93 −2.0
Liberal Democrats Sarah Ludford, Jonathan Fryer, Richard Davis, Anuja Prashar, Rosina Robson, Turhan Ozen, Simon James, Matt McLaren 148,013 6.73 −7.0
4 Freedoms Party Dirk Hazell, NoelleAnne O'Sullivan, Geoff Gibas, Aline Doussin, Andrew Bell, Deborah Phillips, Royston Flude, Brendan Donnelly 28,014 1.27 N/A
An Independence from Europe Patrick Burns, Marlene Daniel, Gareth Griffiths, Munpreet Bhathal, Sharon Greenfield, Eddie Yeoman, Fred Atkins, Jean Atkins 26,675 1.21 N/A
Christian Peoples Alliance Sid Cordle, Yemi Awolola, Ashley Dickenson, Sharmilla Swarma, Laurence Williams, Ethel Odiete, Kevin Nicholls, Steven Hammond 23,702 1.08 −1.9
National Health Action Louise Irvine, Chidi Ejimofo, Marcus Chown, Kathryn Anderson, Rufus Hound, Jessica Ormerod, Andrew Sharp, Alex Ashman 23,253 1.06 N/A
Animal Welfare Vanessa Hudson, Alexander Bourke, Kirsteen Williamson-Guinn, Andrew Knight, Dimple Patel, Meg Mathews, Guy Dessoy, Ranjan Joshi 21,092 0.96 N/A
BNP Stephen Squire, Donna Treanor, Paul Sturdy, John Clarke, David Furness, Cliff le May, Ray Underwood, Kevin Lazell 19,246 0.87 −4.1
Europeans Party Tommy Tomescu, Andrzej Rygielski, Vanessa Del Carmen Guerrero Rodriguez, Robin Ashenden, Emil Rusanov, Georgios Papagrigorakis 10,712 0.5 N/A
English Democrat Jenny Knight, Matthew Roberts, Maggi Young, Graham Clipperton, Gary Butler, Nick Capp, Louise Dutton, Natalie Smith 10,142 0.5 −0.9
Communities United Kamran Malik, Humera Kamran, Cydatty Bogie, Mary Coleman Daniels, Idris Aden Ali, Reuben Edokpayi, Sunita Kaur Singh, Joanne Flanders 6,951 0.3 N/A
National Liberal Graham Williamson, Jagdeesh Singh, Sockalingham Yogalingam, Doris Jones, Upkar Singh Rai, Yuseef Anwar, Araz Yurdseven, Bernard Dube 6,736 0.3 N/A
NO2EU Edward Dempsey, Alexander Gordon, April Ashley, Annie Ngemi, Mary Davis, Paula Mitchell, Natasha Horau, Michael Clarty 3,804 0.2 N/A
Harmony Party David Vincent 1,985 0.1 -0.84
Turnout 2,200,475 N/A N/A

2014 Lambeth London Borough Council election[edit]

Herne Hill (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michelle Agdomar 2,420 49.5
Labour Jim Dickson * 2,373
Labour Jack Holborn 2,198
Green Amelia Womack 1,357 27.8
Green Nicholas Edwards 1,269
Green Luke Hildyard 1,103
Conservative Claire Baker 470 9.6
Conservative Simon Hooberman 387
Conservative Heidi Nicholson 381
Liberal Democrats Jennifer Keen 351 7.2
Liberal Democrats Jonathan Price 241
Liberal Democrats Lawrence Price 187
UKIP Steven Stanbury 168 3.4
TUSC Louise Scott 121 2.5
Total votes
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  13. ^ "Record Number of Female Candidates Top Green Party Regional Lists for the Assembly Elections". Wales Green Party. 26 October 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  14. ^ "Green Party announces Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley as co-leaders". ITV News. 2 September 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
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  22. ^ Womack, Amelia [@Amelia_Womack] (10 August 2019). "I am pleased to announce that I have been reselected as the candidate for Newport West in preparation for a snap general election" (Tweet). Retrieved 9 August 2020 – via Twitter.
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Party political offices
Preceded by
Will Duckworth
Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales
2014–present
With: Shahrar Ali (2014–2016)
Incumbent

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