Councillor bids to become national Green leader
Adrian Ramsay and Carla Denyer Photo: Benali Handache
Councillor Carla Denyer is standing to become the next co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, along with environmental CEO and former deputy leader of the party, Adrian Ramsay from Norwich.
Their pairing follows a tradition of joint leadership in the Green Party where Sian Berry and Jonathan Bartley have led the party together since 2018.
A former wind farm engineer, Carla was the Green Party’s MP candidate for Bristol West. In the 2019 General Election she came second, nearly doubling the Greens’ previous vote share and securing the highest number of votes that the Green Party has ever received in a General Election outside of Brighton Pavilion (Caroline Lucas MP seat).
Carla is an award-winning Green Party councillor in Bristol, which now boasts the largest Green councillor group in the country, at 24 seats. In 2018 she proposed the first Climate Emergency declaration in Europe, committing Bristol to go carbon neutral by 2030. Since then, 74% of UK councils, the UK Parliament and Scottish and Welsh governments have followed her lead.
Most recently, Carla presented an open letter opposing airport expansion to Bristol Airport planning inquiry, calling on the inquiry to “respect the decision taken by North Somerset Council” to reject the Airport’s proposed expansion, which would see more than 20,000 extra flights per year and see annual passenger numbers more than double.
Councillor for Bishopston and Ashley Down, Lily Fitzgibbon, said: “I am super excited to see a candidacy focused on compassion and credibility. After the 2020 local elections we know that Greens CAN win. I believe they will prioritise winning elections across the country and help people realise that we are an electable force. More importantly, they will keep compassion and social justice at the heart of their environmentalism.”
Carla said “Politics desperately needs an overhaul. People are sick and tired of Westminster, with MPs shouting and heckling at each other. We can do politics differently.
“That’s why we’re standing on a platform of putting compassion back into politics. Compassion for each other, our communities and the natural world. And that starts with the Green Party itself. We want to make sure that the party is a welcoming and inclusive place that makes the most of everyone’s talents, respects lived experience and stands together for human rights and the environment.”
Adrian added “The IPCC climate report is crystal clear. The time for action on the climate is running out. It’s clear this government doesn’t understand the urgency of the Climate Emergency. We need a strong Green Party to secure change.”
Other candidates taking part include Shahrar Ali, Ashley Gunstock, Martin Hemingway and Tina Rothery and Tamsin Omond and Amelia Womack. Green Party members vote between 2 - 23 September.