|The new leadership and executive of the party have been elected as follows:Leader – NATALIE BENNETT
Deputy Leader – WILL DUCKWORTH
Executive Chair – TIM DAWES
I am pleased to say that I have had the chance to get to know 8 of these 11 people quite well through various channels and can assure everyone that this is a strong team that is very capable of taking the Party forward. I know that at least 4 of these people are members of Green Left, including Will Duckworth, so I find that encouraging. Green Left are the growing force in the Green Party, already punching well above its weight in numbers, that will endeavour to keep the Party eco-socialist in philosophy.
It is well known that I did not vote for Natalie, but it is widely acknowledged that she produced the strongest campaign and therefore probably secured the most votes from members not familiar with the candidates. Can she exploit the opportunities presented by a decaying centre-right coalition and a far from dynamic Labour leader? I share Derek Wall’ perspective:
“She will also gain from the victory of Will Duckworth as deputy leader. A true working class Black Country lad, he won as a councillor in Dudley in May, showing that the party could move beyond its middle-class image and win against Labour in a working-class ward.”
http://www.natalie4leader.org/ – Natalie’s leadership campaign website
BBC coverage and her first TV interview as leader: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-19462474
I am looking forward to her ‘victory’ address to Conference on Friday afternoon.