Deputy leadership elections – who's who?

Between 1 and 30 August, GPEW members will be able to vote for their next deputy leader. Read their candidate statements here.

2022 Deputy Leadership Candidates
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Green Party of England and Wales (GPEW) members will soon be able to vote for their next deputy leader – a position that represents the Party at the highest levels, and supports local candidates and parties. Voting will be open for one month, between 1 and 30 August.

Read the candidates' statements below.

Nick Humberstone

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Nick Humberstone

"We need to be bold, loud, and confident that the future we're promising is the best way forward."

"I will push for a more actively transparent GPEx so that members know what’s being discussed, and how their elected representatives voted."

"I’m aware of the lack of diversity amongst our membership and will constantly challenge decisions which are not actively creating progress in this area"

The success of the Green Party is essential for building a society that works for everyone. We have had great results in local elections year after year, showing that communities can and do believe that we are the best people to represent them. But we need to convert that momentum into getting MPs elected too. We need to be bold, loud, and confident that the future we're promising is the best way forward. We need ambitious leadership to deliver that outcome. 

The role of Deputy Leader breaks down into four main responsibilities, here's what I can offer for each of those, and what I want to strive to change: 

Voting member of Green Party Executive (GPEx) 
  • Young Greens Democracy and Accountability committee (three years). I am confident dealing with constitutions and policy documents, and working out how to deliver things within their limits. 
  • Union Representative (two years). My focus is always on resolutions, even if progressing to the best outcome involves difficult conversations or temporary conflict. 
  • I will push for a more actively transparent GPEx so that members know what’s being discussed, and how their elected representatives voted. 
Supporting local election campaigns 
  • Lead organiser and candidate for the Lewisham Local and Mayoral Election campaign. I have a strong understanding of our target-to-win strategy, with experience of all individual elements that make it up. I can relate to and support other campaign organisers well as I have experienced what they’re going through. 
  • Target-to-win is good, but we can be even more efficient and more effective. I will push for and encourage experimenting with new campaigning ideas within that framework, ensuring we measure if any changes were successful or not. 
Representing the party in the media 
  • A confident speaker, with public speaking training and experience. I’m experienced with explaining complex ideas in an understandable and relatable way for a variety of audiences. 
  • I will be bold and loud about our policies, and explain why they work in a way that can connect with a wider audience. I care a lot about using accessible language to make sure there is no barrier to people becoming interested in Green politics. 
Representing the party to the membership 
  • I’m a young activist that understands the experience of joining the party, and how we can encourage our members to get involved. 
  • I’m aware of the lack of diversity amongst our membership and will constantly challenge decisions which are not actively creating progress in this area. 

Integrity is more important than ever in politics, and the single quality I value most. As a political party that wants a better kind of politics, we need to show integrity at all times. If we are not loud and clear about the policies we want to see implemented and how we believe they result in the best outcome for everyone, then we do not have integrity. I can commit to being that bold, loud, and confident voice we need.

Shahrar Ali

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Shahrar Ali

"I'm standing to be your Deputy to make sure there's an inhabitable planet for our children; to preserve breathable air and beautiful sunsets for them."

"We must raise our game, reach beyond our comfort zone and appeal to the masses; by reimagining what's politically possible to do what's scientifically necessary."

"I stand for the human rights of all, equally."

Back Reality: Reimagine the Possible

I'm standing to be your Deputy to make sure there's an inhabitable planet for our children; to preserve breathable air and beautiful sunsets for them.

I was part of the leadership that helped deliver a record 1.1m votes in 2015; but we’ve been unable to better that. With environmental consciousness and extreme weather calamities at an all-time high, shouldn’t we be polling double-digits?

Get beyond our comfort zone

We must raise our game, reach beyond our comfort zone and appeal to the masses; by reimagining what's politically possible to do what's scientifically necessary. I despair at our business-as-usual political engagement.

I often hear it said, “We can’t be seen associating with them,” “They aren’t on the approved list.”. This misguided approach fails the electorate by underestimating their savvy to interpret political agendas just as smartly as us (elitism).

We also sell ourselves short by being insufficiently confident in the merits of our arguments and deprive ourselves of the opportunity to win over watching doubters, too.

I can carry a hostile interview, with many a compliment from the press office. I shan’t retreat into rabbit-in-headlights mode, live on air, or resort to thought-terminating clichés.

You need somebody on your leadership team willing to get their hands dirty. We shan’t be able to engage the numbers required to maximise our representation in Parliament by adopting risk-averse strategies.

Every last human being has a stake in climate meltdown and we have a duty to reach out to them before it’s too late.

Groupthink Authoritarianism and Viewpoint Diversity

I stand for the human rights of all, equally.

I wouldn't have believed it, had you said ten years ago the party would now be embroiled in conflict around biological sex and gender identity. Difficult conversations need to be had, of policy and politics.

Dogmatism, which brooks no dissent, endangers the quality of our decision-making and deprives us of sources of intellectual and creative inspiration. 

Women are calling out for a politician who can speak plainly on the importance of sex-based rights: whether protecting basic dignities in prisons or hospital wards, or fairness in sport. Children need to be protected, too, from undue medical risk such as that being investigated by the Cass review.

Let’s be reminded of the attempt to expel signatories of a women’s declaration in Spring 2022. By electing me to adequately represent viewpoint diversity, you will be promoting party unity, not disharmony.

  • Deputy Leader 2014-16
  • Author of Why Vote Green, 2010, 2015
  • 2016-22 Home Affairs Spokesperson then Policing & Domestic Safety
  • Stood for office over 20 times as MP, MEP, AM, Cllr
  • 100s TV interviews, speeches and press hits
  • Education: BEng, BA, MPhil, PhD, PGCAP, FHEA
  • CMI qualified in Leadership and Management
  • Married

Last year 51 per cent of you gave me a positive vote and 21 per cent your first choice. Please demonstrate your commitment to human rights for all and to our collective efforts to overcome the existential climate emergency.

Tyrone Scott

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Tyrone Scott

"We must ensure that in our fight for climate justice, we understand that we also need to fight for racial, economic and social justice."

"We need to support activists to win elections and inspire the public with our active stand for a better world that we know is possible."

"We need to build power with our liberation groups and really work to get a more diverse range of candidates elected from all communities."

My name is Tyrone Scott and I am running to be your next Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales. I’ve been a member of the Green Party for eight years and in that time have actively contributed to our bid to grow this party and get more Greens elected. 

I have supported and been involved in multiple election campaigns, both as a volunteer and candidate. I was previously an active member of the Young Greens, serving on the Executive Committee for 18 months. What’s more, I’ve worked with our European friends while attending COP26 as a delegate with the Federation of Young European Greens.

I am proud that the Green Party centres the environment within all that it does. We must ensure that in our fight for climate justice, we understand that we also need to fight for racial, economic and social justice. We must loudly challenge the fundamental flaws of our current economic system that has plunged us into a crisis of greed, relentlessly destroying nature and widening inequality across society.

We need to take action with workers demanding a better standard of living, take action with migrants and refugees against deportations and the hostile environment, and take action against the greed of corporations and their influence over policy and politics. We need to support activists to win elections and inspire the public with our active stand for a better world that we know is possible. I believe I am the right person to help create this change.

I have spent my political and professional careers engaging and working with local communities, standing with them in their fights for justice and helping them strategise for campaign success. I have been involved in, supported and ran in multiple election campaigns, most recently reducing a 538 vote margin to just 27 votes within a six-week period in the recent by-election in Hackney. 

I believe we will create change through real community engagement, organisation and activism at a grassroots level. This is how we will build power, and this is how we will win elections. I can use my experience to help facilitate and support this as Deputy Leader.

However, it is not just externally that we need to build and share power. We need to build power with our liberation groups and really work to get a more diverse range of candidates elected from all communities. We need to work to make sure our party reflects the society we are trying to help build. This means ensuring our party is accessible and inclusive for all of our members. It means championing and defending our progressive and compassionate policies at all times. It means working with members internally to understand their barriers to engaging and progressing more.

I am committed to getting more Greens elected, to helping this party move forward, and to inspiring more activists to join the party. I would be proud to do this as the next Deputy Leader of the Green Party.

Zack Polanski

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Zack Polanski

"We must influence the national conversation, on the air and in print, to change our country's direction. I have built a reputation with the media and viewers for being an effective and engaging communicator."

"For me, representation and diversity are core principles in every aspect of life, and something I'll always champion."

"As Deputy Leader, I'll keep our party focused on winning and travel the country helping Greens win on the ground."

I'm Zack Polanski. I'm an elected member of the London Assembly. I'm Jewish and gay, and the Party's spokesperson for Democracy & Citizen Engagement. 

I'm running to be Green Party Deputy Leader because at this crucial moment for our party and our country, it's vital that we seize every opportunity to get Greens elected. We must influence the national conversation, on the air and in print, to change our country's direction. Green leadership is so desperately needed for climate, ecological, social, racial and economic justice. 

A breakthrough is urgent and overdue. We must win more MPs at the next General Election. 

This means investing in winning. It means building the party at all levels, supporting more teams to win council seats and pushing harder than ever in target constituencies. As Deputy Leader, I'll keep our party focused on winning and travel the country helping Greens win on the ground. 

I am from Manchester and lived in Wales before moving to London. I love London deeply and it's still true that Britain needs rebalancing, so it's great that our co-leaders Adrian and Carla are based in East Anglia and Bristol, and Caroline Lucas is in Brighton. For me, representation and diversity are core principles in every aspect of life, and something I'll always champion. I'll continue standing side by side with our liberation groups in the struggle for equality, for all of us, and in the media, I'll always present our powerful Green ideas from all around the country to the very best of my ability. 

I'm a frequent guest on political shows: BBC, LBC, Sky and others, mainly because I have built a reputation with the media and viewers for being an effective and engaging communicator. I relish a debate with MPs of other parties and taking the chance to show that Green ideas aren't just right, they are exciting. My campaign website features some recent video examples of my work. 

With so much of the media based in the capital, it has proved helpful being a London Assembly member visibly challenging Sadiq Khan – I receive many requests for interviews, often at very short notice. I am certain that being Deputy Leader will help open more doors to us with national outlets. 

As a politician, I use my platform to give a voice to people who are too often denied one, and support causes that bring real change. 

Since being elected to the Assembly, I've chaired London's Environment Committee. I was proud to propose and pass a Climate and Ecological Emergency motion. I secured a U-turn on Gatwick Airport expansion from the London Mayor Sadiq Khan, and convinced him to support the clean air bill ‘Ella's Law’. I was also really proud when the Assembly voted for my motion condemning the Government's plans to offshore refugees to Rwanda. 

I would be honoured to serve as Deputy Leader. Please vote for me as your first choice – together let's break through and win.