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The first Green Party of England and Wales leadership election ended on the 5th September 2008 at 8pm.

The election follows the party's decision to replace its current system of two Principal Speakers with a single leader. The change was supported by one Principal Speaker, Caroline Lucas, but opposed by the other, Derek Wall. It gained the support of 73% of party members who cast a vote.[1]

Caroline Lucas launched a campaign for the Leadership on 14 July.[2] The other candidate for the leadership was Ashley Gunstock, an actor best known for his role in The Bill.[3]

Only one candidate stood for the Deputy Leadership, Adrian Ramsay, leader of the Green group on Norwich City Council. He is a supporter of Lucas and under party gender balance rules, can only be elected to the post if a woman is elected to the leadership.[4]

Nominations for both the Leadership and Deputy Leadership closed on 31 July 2008, following which, ballot papers were distributed.[2] In order to assist candidates with canvassing, the party's Standing Orders Committee decided to release the contact details of 7,000 members to the candidates. More than 100 party members signed a protest letter which questioned whether this publication was legal under the Data Protection Act. The issue became moot when all three candidates declined to request contact details [5].

Hustings took place at the Green Party of England and Wales' conference, and the results were announced on 5 September at approximately 8pm.

ResultsEdit

The turnout was 37.9% (of a membership of 7,565). This was an increase from the 20% turnout for the election of the Principal Speakers in 2007.

The results were as follows:

For leader

Green Party of England and Wales
leadership election, 2008
Candidate Votes %
style="background-color: Template:Green Party of England and Wales/meta/color" | Caroline Lucas 2,559 92.4
style="background-color: Template:Green Party of England and Wales/meta/color" | Ashley Gunstock 210 7.6
Turnout 2,769[6] 37.9
Caroline Lucas elected leader

For deputy leadership

Green Party of England and Wales
deputy leadership election, 2008
Candidate Votes %
style="background-color: Template:Green Party of England and Wales/meta/color" | Adrian Ramsay unopposed[7]
Turnout
Adrian Ramsay elected deputy leader

ReferencesEdit

  1. Haroon Siddique, "Green party decides it should have a leader", The Guardian, 30 November 2007
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Caroline Lucas in race to be elected as first Green Party leader", www.carolinelucas.org.uk, 14 July 2008
  3. Henry Deedes, "Pandora: Leadership election takes a nasty turn for the Green Party", The Independent, 1 August 2008
  4. Sam Williams, "Green leader eyes national role", Norwich Evening News, 1 August 2008
  5. "Statement from Returning Officer", www.greenparty.org.uk, 1 August 2008
  6. This figure includes only votes for the two candidates, and does not include any spoilt or void ballots, the number of which (if any) have yet to be announced by the Green Party of England and Wales
  7. Green Party of England and Wales | Caroline Lucas is first Green Party leader

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