The Green Party of England and Wales Conference was celebrated in Brighton from Septemer 11-13, 40 years after the party was founded. The conference was a showcase for the Green's comprehensive policies, that highlight their commitment to wellbeing and fairness for everyone. Apart from a comprehensive programme of workshops and discussions, important panel debates on some of the key social and political issues in the UK took place over the space of the weekend.
Green party leaders from across Europe met in Brussels on March 7 to discuss a range of issues core to developing the Greens election strategy for the European elections in 2014. While Green party delegates meet every year at the Spring and Autumn Councils, this was a rare opportunity for the party leaders to meet as a specific strategic event.
BLOG: In 1989, the party scored just short of 15%. Under any intelligent electoral system, that would have given us at least 12 seats in the European Parliament (EP). What a difference 12 or more British Green MEPs would have made in Brussels and Strasbourg. They would have been the largest faction in the Green Group and would have certainly given the group a different political flavour. That would probably have influenced the future direction of the EGP, too.
I went to Madrid, Spain, last week looking about the city in preparation for the EGP spring council in May. Then it was on to Budapest, Hungary, to discuss party politics. It was a two-pronged shock into the current economic reality facing wide streches of Europe.
The Congress witnessed the announcement of the party’s new name, selected by the delegates present, as well as the first outline of its policy program, which was presented to the participants. Also presented were the new spokespersons of the party, Sevil Turan and Arif Ali Cangı, two young and passionate individuals with very strong Green credentials.