GPEW Policy Development Committee election

In the run-up to the internal elections for the Green Party's Policy Development Committee (PDC), candidates explain why party members should vote for them. 

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The Green Party of England and Wales (GPEW) is currently running an election for its Policy Development Committee (PDC), which is responsible for ensuring that motions brought to conference are the best they can be.

Members of GPEW can cast their votes for candidates from 2 August to 31 August 2021. 

The PDC aims to help members to bring forward the best motions they can, especially by liaising with Policy Working Groups and through the new Accreditation process. 

There are five elected members in addition to the Convener – the Policy Development Coordinator on GPEx. 

A list of candidates up for election and their full statements can be found below.

Edward Gildea

Edward Gildea

"I work at every level I can, personally, locally and nationally; writing, organising and protesting to ensure that politicians and companies are held to account and make good on bland promises."

After nine months on the committee, I would be delighted to continue. I have been particularly involved in developing structures that enable Policy Working Groups to work effectively. I was instrumental in establishing a faculty system so that PWGs in the same area are clustered meaningfully, facilitated by a named member of the PDC. We are now working to ensure that our spokespeople are integrated into the structure so that communications between them and relevant policy groups are supported. 

I hope that eventually it will work like a dashboard on the party website, so that policies, PWG minutes, reports, constitutions and contact details can all be easily accessed, making life easier for everyone! 

As for myself, I am passionate about improving our planetary legacy. I work at every level I can, personally, locally and nationally; writing, organising and protesting to ensure that politicians and companies are held to account and make good on bland promises.

I am excited by the work of our PWGs in developing a green economy, replacing GDP and placing wellbeing and social justice at the heart of our economy. Only the Green Party has calculated in detail what we need to do to realistically reach carbon zero by 2030, although it gets harder every year that our government procrastinates! 

The work of the PWGs focused on biodiversity is also inspiring. The Dasgupta review has highlighted the importance of valuing our natural assets in such a way as they can no longer be abused and exploited for easy profit. 

I would love our House of Lords to become a ‘Future Generations’ revising chamber, replacing short term political expediency with ‘Cathedral thinking’, with young people fully represented. 

Intergenerational justice must begin by abolishing University fees for those now to be burdened with the debt of the Covid crisis.  

Please visit my website for more information.

Nick Cox

Nick Cox

"The areas of policy in which I would be more interested would be around equality and diversity issues, particularly around gender and disability rights."

I have been a Parish Councillor for 15 years, a school governor for 10 years and an officer in Local Green Parties for five years. I have written policies as a councillor around climate change, as a governor around attendance and board appointments, and within the Green Party have written constitutions and developed policies around social media. In all cases policies have to comply with regulations and sit well alongside other policies. Amongst my duties in these roles I have scrutinised and assisted with countless other policies.

I could work well in a back office team where accreditation and promoting quality documents is the more important work on policies. The areas of policy in which I would be more interested would be around equality and diversity issues, particularly around gender and disability rights.

I am also interested in processes and how they can be improved. Supervision, elections and discipline are some areas which can be improved, and there is some work being done here.

I have the time and enthusiasm to devote to this role and would be available for meetings and conference as required. I am prepared to work hard in order to contribute fully to this position.

Vix Lowthion

Vix Lowthion

"I am asking for your support to continue the work that we have only just begun, and to put policy development as key to improving our party."

Yes, we are proud to be members of a national political party where everyone is welcome to propose, debate and decide upon our policy – and long may this continue. It is at the heart of our philosophy, it can bring us together – and often it can lead to honest divisions and lively discussions.

However, since sitting on Policy Development Committee for the first time in 2020 I can see that our party’s policy development is facing significant challenges. Not just the difficulties with supporting members, framing proposals and navigating the unwieldy policy process, but the missed opportunities which are resulting due to our lack of a comprehensive ‘Policy Strategy’.

I am asking for your support to continue the work that we have only just begun, and to put policy development as key to improving our party, our communities and to get more Greens elected at all levels.

In the next year the Policy Development Committee need to continue the process of developing a clear, targeted ‘Policy Strategy’ for the party: a three to five-year plan to develop the best quality and most transformative policies for our elected Greens, our spokespeople and our communities. Increase participation of members via our Conferences, through aiding our Policy Working Groups and expanding events such as the popular ‘Policy Fest’ – both in person and online. Maximising the use of communication and organisation technologies to support the policy development process, including discussion, drafting and accreditation.  

The energy and enthusiasm in our party for transformation and change is contagious! But we will miss the opportunities offered in this period of political and historic change if we don’t offer the right policies to voters. I hope that you can support my priorities to get the right plans in place.