Sian Berry withdraws from Green Party leadership election

The Green Party's co-leader since 2018 has announced her decision to not stand as a candidate in this year's leadership elections, on the grounds of 'inconsistency between [her] sincere promise to fight for trans rights and inclusion' and 'the message sent by the party's choice of front-bench representatives'. 

Sian Berry
Sian Berry
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Sian Berry has announced that she will no longer be standing as a candidate in the Green Party's leadership by-election, citing 'mixed messages' on the issue of 'trans rights and inclusion' as the reason.

This follows fellow co-leader Jonathan Bartley's announcement last week that he would be stepping down from his role at the end of July. Berry and Bartley have been co-leading the party since 2018.

Berry made the announcement over Twitter, where she attached a personal statement outlining her reasons for withdrawing her candidacy in this year's by-election.

In her statement, she said:"Green leaders rightly do not exert control over all our party's actions, and our principles of internal democracy are very important to me. These mean accepting that decisions can sometimes be made by our governing bodies that leaders do not agree with, but which we are bound to represent. 

"However, I must also stand by our policies and my pledges made to Londoners in the recent election, and there is now an inconsistency between the sincere promise to fight for trans rights and inclusion in my work and the message sent by the party's choice of front bench representatives. 

"This inconsistency has left me in a very difficult position. I can no longer make the claim that the party speaks unequivocally, with one voice, on this issue. And my conscience simply cannot agree with the argument that there is anything positive in sending these mixed messages, especially when the inclusive attitudes of our membership and wider society are clear."

Berry went on to apologise for 'failing to win the confidence of the majority of [her] colleagues' and '[holds] herself to account'. 

However, she remains committed to her role as Green London Assembly member, vowing to 'put even more energy' into this from the autumn.