Carla Denyer and Adrian Ramsay have today (1 October) been elected Co-leaders of the Green Party of England and Wales.
Standing on a joint ticket the pair won after receiving 44 per cent of the first preference votes and then 62 per cent of the second-round vote, including second preferences.
Amelia Womack will remain Deputy Leader, coming in second alongside Tamsin Omond with 30 per cent of the first preference votes. Shahrar Ali followed with 21 per cent of the first preference votes.
The other candidates were Martin Hemingway and Tina Rothery, who stood to be Co-leaders, and Ashley Gunstock, who along with Ali, were eliminated in the first round of voting.
Making their acceptance speech, the pair recognised the contributions of the other candidates. They also paid tribute to the outgoing co-leaders commenting: “Special thanks to Sian Berry and Jonathan Bartley for their inspiring, phenomenal and committed work taking the party to new heights. We look forward to working with you in the future.”
“A crucial moment in history”
Commenting on their election, Denyer and Ramsay outlined their vision to make the party an electoral force able to win power and influence across England and Wales.
Denyer said: “We are at a crucial moment in history and it is clear that the other major political parties have failed to bring about the change that is necessary. More than ever before, it is vital that Green policies are adopted for the benefit of our climate and our communities
“We are thrilled to have been elected as Green Party leaders, but this is now where the hard work begins, to elect more MPs and more councillors across the country. It is only by doing this that we can make the difference we all so desperately want to see.
“We are so grateful to all of the members who voted for us at such an important time for our party, the country and the world at large.”
Ramsay added: “Our country is in crisis - pumps running out of petrol, empty shelves in supermarkets and millions heading into winter fearing rising fuel bills. All worsened by our society’s addiction to fossil fuels.
“More than ever, we need strong Green voices to make the compelling case for a Green transition, a just transition.
“This will deliver practical alternatives that release people from dependence on fossil fuels. Insulating people’s homes and installing renewable energy systems. A clean, reliable public transport system. Producing our food in less intensive, more nature-friendly ways.
“All of which would create sustainable, secure jobs with decent rates of pay - and help prevent the next crisis.”