Carla becomes national Greens co-leader
Clifton Down councillor Carla Denyer is one of two new co-leaders of the Green Party, after she won a leadership contest with running mate Adrian Ramsay on October 1.
The pair took more than half the votes cast in the election, triggered by the decisions of former co-leaders Jonathan Bartley to stand down and Sian Berry not to seek re-election.
In a joint speech made after the announcement, Ms Denyer said it was the Green Party’s “time to shine”.
She and Mr Ramsay said the party stood not just for climate justice, but for social justice, and that they would work to make it a “serious political force”.
They said they would work to elect more Greens “at every level of government” and become the “real opposition” to the Government.
Ms Denyer said: “Other parties are in disarray and failing to inspire.
“We will demonstrate that what is good for the planet is also good for people. We don’t have to choose climate justice or social justice. They go hand in hand and benefit us all.
“We can transform society, create a brighter future, we know we can.
“It is time for the Greens to shine and we intend to lead this party to the electoral success that we know is within our grasp and put powerful green ideas at the heart of the political agenda.”
Ramsay said: “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.”
Speaking to the Bishopston Voice Ms 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 getting Greens in the rooms where the decisions are made that we can make the difference we all so desperately want to see.
“With Adrian based in Norwich and me in Bristol, we hope that our new leadership roles will help pull some of the media attention away from London, highlight the great work that Green councillors are already doing in towns and cities across England and Wales, and of course help raise the profile of the Greens in Bristol in the run up to the next General Election!”
Carla Denyer has been selected to stand as the Green Party parliamentary candidate for Bristol West again in the next General Election.
In the leadership contest, Ms Denyer and Mr Ramsay took 44 per cent of the first preference votes and 62 per cent in the second round of voting, winning 6,274 votes altogether.
Runners up with 3,902 votes were the pairing of Amelia Womack, Green Party deputy leader, and Tamsin Omand, a founder of Extinction Rebellion.