Wales Green Party
|Wales Green Party
Plaid Werdd Cymru
|European affiliation||European Green Party|
|International affiliation||Global Greens|
|European Parliament group||The Greens–European Free Alliance|
|Politics of Wales
The Wales Green Party (WGP; Welsh: Plaid Werdd Cymru) is a semi-autonomous political party within the Green Party of England and Wales. It covers Wales, and is the only regional party with semi-autonomous status within the GPEW. The WGP contests 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 WGP leader is Alice Hooker-Stroud, and the Deputy Leader is Hannah Pudner. Wales is represented internally within the GPEW by Chris Simpson and Chris Carmichael on the Green Party Regional Council. Both sets of positions are directly elected by postal ballot. Wales-wide decisions are taken by the Wales Green Party Council made up of the spokespeople, senior officers, and a representative from each local party.
The current Leader of the party is Alice Hooker-Stroud and the current Deputy Leader is Hannah Pudner. Wales is represented internally within the GPEW by Chris Simpson and Chris Carmichael on the Green Party Regional Council (GPRC). Both sets of positions are directly elected by postal ballot.
The Green Parties in the United Kingdom have their roots in the PEOPLE movement which was founded in 1972. This became the Ecology Party three years later, and then the Green Party in 1985. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland each had separate branches. In 1990, the Scottish and Northern Irish branches left the UK Greens to form separate parties. The English and Welsh parties became the Green Party of England and Wales, with the Welsh branch being semi-autonomous. At the 1992 general election, local Greens entered an electoral alliance with Plaid Cymru in the constituency of Ceredigion and Pembroke North. The alliance was successful with Cynog Dafis being returned in a surprise result as the MP, defeating the Liberal Democrat incumbent by over 3,000 votes. The agreement broke down by 1995 following disagreement within the Welsh Green Party over endorsing another party's candidate, though Dafis would go on to serve in parliament as a Plaid Cymru member until 2000, and in the National Assembly of Wales from 1999 until 2003. Dafis later stated that he did not consider himself to be the "first Green MP".
The Wales Green Party has always had its own spokesperson (now referred to as leader). Jake Griffiths became leader in 2009. Pippa Bartolotti was elected to succeed him in 2011. Anthony Slaughter became deputy leader in 2014. Alice Hooker-Stroud and Hannah Pudner were elected as the leader and deputy leader in late 2015.
Welsh Assembly elections
In September 2015, Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of GPEW, announced her intention to stand in the National Assembly elections for Wales Green Party. An ITV article titled "Green deputy leader wants to switch to Welsh politics" wrote of Newport-born Womack's intention to stand in the Welsh elections saying; "She's seeking the nomination for the Cardiff Central constituency and – more significantly – hoping to be top of the Wales Green Party's regional list for South Wales Central." Notably the article went on to say "Opinion polls have occasionally suggested that the Greens could gain a list seat in the Senedd". Wales Green Party who create their own set of devolved policies around devolved issues in Wales are hopeful of gaining three Assembly seats from the proportional representation lists in the 2016 elections.
|Region||Number of Votes||Proportion of Votes||Change||Candidates|
|Mid and West Wales||Alice Hooker Stroud, Grenville Ham, Pippa Pemberton, Frances Bryant|
|South Wales Central||Amelia Womack, Anthony Slaughter, Hannah Pudner, Chris von Ruhland|
|South Wales East||Pippa Bartolotti, Ann Were, Chris Were, Katy Beddoe|
|South Wales West||Lisa Rapado, Kevin Searley, Ashley Wakeling, Charlotte Barlow|
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