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Green Party Councillor to Run For Party Leader Posted On 20 August 2021

Carla Denyer, who is a councillor for Clifton Down, has announced her intention to run for co-leader of the Green Party

 

Back in 2018, Denyer was behind the move to announce Bristol as the UK’s, and Europe’s first city to declare a climate emergency. Speaking of the imminent danger of climate change three years ago, Denyer stated, ‘It is an emergency. When a child steps out in front of a car, you don’t carry out a feasibility study or convene a working group, you act immediately to prevent a tragedy. The same is now true of climate change’.

It is not just this moment which has shown Denyer to be a political powerhouse though, as the 2019 election result showed. Denyer, and her party managed to come out the second most popular party in the constituency of Bristol West, with nearly 25% of the vote. This percentage was also nearly double the attempt at the previous election.

Speaking about why she intends to lead the party, Denyer 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’.

She added ‘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’.

The Green Party has recently faced an internal debate about trans rights, with Siân Berry due to stand down from her post, as a result. However, Denyer, in a recent tweet, made her feelings perfectly clear. The tweet in question included this straightforward statement: ‘Because trans people are humans, trans rights are human rights, and I support human rights. It’s really as simple as that’.

Denyer will stand along with Norwich-based Adrian Ramsay, who was previously deputy leader of the party under Caroline Lucas. As it stands, they will face competition from two other pairs, vying for the position.

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