Wales Green Party

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Wales Green Party
Plaid Werdd Cymru
Leader Pippa Bartolotti
  • Deputy Leader
  • Anthony Slaughter
Founded 1973
Headquarters Cardiff, Wales
Ideology Green politics
Political position Left-wing
International affiliation Global Greens
European affiliation European Green Party
European Parliament group The Greens–European Free Alliance
Colours Green
Website
www.walesgreenparty.org.uk
Politics of Wales
Political parties
Elections
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Sunflower symbol

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 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.

Leadership[edit]

The current Leader is Pippa Bartolotti[1] and the current Deputy Leader is Anthony Slaughter.[2] 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.

Other officer positions within WGP (elected at AGM) are as follows:

  • General Secretary
  • Membership Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Press Officer
  • Local Parties 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.

History[edit]

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.[3][4] 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".[5]

The Wales Green Party has always had its own spokesperson (now referred to as leader). Jake Griffiths became leader in 2009.[6] Pippa Bartolotti was elected to succeed him in 2011.[7] Anthony Slaughter became deputy leader in 2014.[8]

Elections[edit]

Welsh Assembly elections[edit]

1999[edit]

In the inaugural election for the National Assembly, the Welsh Greens stood candidates in all five electoral regions used to elect "top-up" members of the assembly. Additionally, one candidate stood for the constituency seat of Ceredigion. The party stated that they aimed to poll around 7% of the vote and win at least one top-up seat.[9]

The Welsh Greens ultimately polled 25,858 votes in the regional lists, 2.5% of the total, and 1,002 constituency votes (3.1%) in Ceredigion. No Welsh Greens were elected.[10]

Region Number of Votes Proportion of Votes Candidates
Mid and West Wales[11] 7,718 3.5% Dave Bradney, Sarah Scott-Cato, Sue Walker, Timothy Shaw, Timothy Foster
North Wales[12] 4,667 2.2% Jim Killock, Christopher Busby, Robin Welch, Klaus Armstrong-Brown, Angela Loveridge, Alexandra Plows, Kathryn Turner, Gwilym Morus, Sarah Collick
South Wales Central[13] 5,336 2.5% Kevin Jakeway, John Matthews, Vivien Turner, Chris Von Ruhland
South Wales East[14] 4,055 2.0% Roger Coghill, Kevin Williams, Steve Ainley, Elaine Ross, Owen Clarke
South Wales West[15] 4,082 2.4% Graham Oubridge, Lee Turner, Janet Evans, Simon Phillips

2003[edit]

In the 2003 election, the party again fielded a list of candidates for each of the electoral regions but this time stood no candidates for the constituencies. The Welsh Greens failed to win any seats, polling 30,028 votes, or 3.5%. Their best performance was in South Wales West where they polled 6,696 votes, or 4.8% of the total.

Region Number of Votes Proportion of Votes Change Candidates
Mid and West Wales[16] 7,794 4.2% +0.7% Dorienne Robinson, Molly Scott Cato, Timothy Foster, Reg Taylor, Christopher Cato
North Wales[17] 4,200 2.4% +0.2% Klaus Armstrong-Brown, John Walker, Jeremy Hart, Wilfred Hastings, Gilly Boyd, Jim Killock
South Wales Central[18] 6,047 3.3% +0.9% John Matthews, Lynn Farr, Jan Tucker, Sylvia Latham, Paul Beswick
South Wales East[19] 5,291 3.1% +1.1% Peter Varley, Ann Were, Owen Clarke, Ernie Hamer, Gealdine Layton, Teresa Telfer, Matthew Wooton
South Wales West[20] 6,696 4.8% +2.4% Martin Shrewsbury, Jan Cliff, Rhodri Griffiths, Steve Clegg, Deborah James, Tony Young

2007[edit]

In 2007, the party again fielded a list of candidates in each of the top-up regions but no candidates for the constituencies. The Wales Green Party proposed that Wales should "be at the forefront of....a green industrial revolution". The party targeted South Wales West - the region where they had performed best in 2003.[21]

The Welsh Greens polled 33,803 votes, or 3.5% of the total, a slight decrease on 2003.[22] The party failed to win any seats, with their best performance this time being Mid and West Wales with 4.0% of the vote. In South Wales West their vote declined by one percentage point, their worst result of the five regions.

Region Number of Votes Proportion of Votes Change Candidates
Mid and West Wales[23] 8,768 4.0% -0.1% Leila Kiersch, Moth Foster, Marilyn Elson, John Jennings
North Wales[24] 5,660 2.9% +0.4% Jim Killock, Joe Blakesley, Maredudd ap Rheinallt, Wilf Hastings
South Wales Central[25] 7,831 3.8% +0.4% John Matthews, Richard Payne, David Pierce, Nigel Baker
South Wales East[26] 5,414 2.8% -0.3% Ann Were, Alasdair McGowen, Gerry Layton, Owen Clarke
South Wales West[27] 6,130 3.8% -1.0% Rhodri Griffiths, Brig Oubridge, Jane Richmond, Jonathan Spink

2011[edit]

The Wales Green Party again fielded candidates in all 5 top-up regions for the 2011 election. For the first time since 1999, the Greens also stood in a constituency - they once again opted to stand in Ceredigion.

During the 2011 campaign, they specifically targeted Labour voters with the aim of persuading them to use their regional list vote for the Greens, using the slogan "2nd vote Green". They claimed that Labour list votes were "wasted" and that over 70,000 votes in South Wales Central went "in the bin at every election" as Labour had never won a top-up seat in that region.[28]

On this occasion, South Wales Central was the region the party targeted. The region includes Cardiff, with its large student population, and also the constituency of Cardiff Central, the only Liberal Democrat-Labour marginal seat in Wales. Welsh Green leader and South Wales Central candidate Jake Griffiths stated they were also aiming to attract disaffected Liberal Democrat voters in the region.[29]

The Greens polled 32,649 votes, 3.4% of the total votes cast for the regional lists.[30] In South Wales Central, they took over 10,000 votes, 5.2% of the total, though they were still almost 6,000 votes away from winning a seat. The regional results were as follows:

Region Number of Votes Proportion of Votes Change Candidates
Mid and West Wales[31] 8,660 4.1% +0.1% Leila Kiersch, Marilyn Elson
North Wales[32] 4,406 2.3% -0.6% Dorienne Robinson, Timothy Foster, Peter Haig
South Wales Central[33] 10,774 5.2% +1.4% Jake Griffiths, Sam Coates, John Matthews, Matt Townsend, Teleri Clark
South Wales East[34] 4,857 2.7% -0.2% Chris Were, Pippa Bartolotti, Owen Clarke, Alyson Ayland, Alan Williams
South Wales West[35] 3,952 2.6% -1.2% Keith Ross, Huw Evans, Andy Chyba, Delyth Miller

In Ceredigion, Chris Simpson polled 1,514 votes, or 5.2%. He came fifth out of five candidates.[36]

UK Parliament elections[edit]

2005[edit]

In the 2005 UK general election, the party failed to get any Welsh MPs into Parliament. The results for the party's candidates in Wales, in alphabetical order of constituency, were as follows:

Constituency Candidate Number of Votes Proportion of Votes Turnout
Aberavon Miranda La Vey 510 1.7% 58.9%
Bridgend Jonathan Spink 595 1.6% 59.2%
Cardiff South & Penarth John Matthews 729 2.0% 56.2%
Ceredigion Dave Bradney 846 2.4% 67.2%
Conwy Jim Killock 512 1.5% 62.3%
Gower Rhodri Griffiths 1,029 2.6% 64.9%
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
Mean 649.5 1.8% 60.8%

European Parliament elections[edit]

2004[edit]

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).

2009[edit]

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.

2014[edit]

The Green Party nominated four candidates for the European Parliament election, 2014.[37]

  • Pippa Bartolotti
  • John Matthews
  • Roz Cutler
  • Christopher Were

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.pippabartolotti.net/ Pippa Bartolotti, official site
  2. ^ http://wales.greenparty.org.uk/news.html/2014/01/16/wales-green-party-votes-in-new-deputy/
  3. ^ S/R 13: How Green Was My Party?
  4. ^ Alamanac of British Politics, 5th ed, Robert Waller & Byron Criddle
  5. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-12599220
  6. ^ http://wales.greenparty.org.uk/news/leader.html
  7. ^ http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/local-news/welsh-green-party-names-new-2677223
  8. ^ http://www.penarthtimes.co.uk/news/penarth_news/10945089.Penarth__39_s_Anthony_Slaughter_elected_deputy_leader_of_Welsh_Green_Party/
  9. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/events/wales_99/news/321485.stm
  10. ^ http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/RP99-51/RP99-51.pdf
  11. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/vote_99/wales_99/html/region/2.stm
  12. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/vote_99/wales_99/html/region/1.stm
  13. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/vote_99/wales_99/html/region/4.stm
  14. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/vote_99/wales_99/html/region/5.stm
  15. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/vote_99/wales_99/html/region/3.stm
  16. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/vote2003/welsh_assembly/html/22_region.stm
  17. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/vote2003/welsh_assembly/html/21_region.stm
  18. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/vote2003/welsh_assembly/html/24_region.stm
  19. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/vote2003/welsh_assembly/html/25_region.stm
  20. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/vote2003/welsh_assembly/html/23_region.stm
  21. ^ "WGP Campaign Launch". 
  22. ^ "Wales-wide result 2007". 
  23. ^ "2007 Mid & West resut". 
  24. ^ "2007 North result". 
  25. ^ "2007 South Central result". 
  26. ^ "2007 South East result". 
  27. ^ [url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/vote2007/welshasssembly_english/html/region_23.stm "2007 South West result"]. 
  28. ^ "2nd Vote Green Launch". 
  29. ^ "Greens 'ready to win first Welsh assembly seat'". 
  30. ^ "2011 Wales-wide result". 
  31. ^ "2011 Mid & West result". 
  32. ^ "2011 North Result". 
  33. ^ "2011 South Central result". 
  34. ^ "2011 South East result". 
  35. ^ "2011 South West result". 
  36. ^ "2011 Ceredigion result". 
  37. ^ http://wales.greenparty.org.uk/news.html/2013/11/22/wales-leader-is-green-euro-candidate

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