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The Wales Green Party (WGP; Template:Lang-cy) is a semi-autonomous regional party within the Green Party of England and Wales (GPEW). It covers the nation of Wales, and is the only local party with autonomous status within the GPEW.

The WGP fights elections for the National Assembly for Wales (as well as at the local, UK and European level) and has its own newsletters, AGMs and manifesto. Members of the WGP are automatically members of the GPEW.

The current leader is Leila Kiersch and deputy leader is John Matthews. Wales is represented internally within the GPEW by Keith Ross and John Matthews on the Green Party Regional Council (GPRC). Both sets of positions are directly elected by postal ballot.

Other positions within WGP (elected at AGM) are as follows:

  • General Secretary
  • Membership Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Press Officer
  • Local Party Development Officer
  • Campaigns Coordinator
  • Green Wales Editor
  • Conferences Coordinator
  • Fund-raising Officer

HistoryEdit

1992Edit

In 1992, an electoral alliance culminated in Plaid Cymru's MP Cynog Dafis being endorsed by the local Green Party in Ceredigion. The agreement broke down by 1995 [1] [2].

2003Edit

In the May 2003 election to the National Assembly for Wales, the party fielded a list of candidates for each of the top-up regions but no candidates for the constituencies. The party failed to win any seats, coming closest in South Wales West with 4.8% of the vote.

2004Edit

In the 2004 elections, the Welsh party failed to gain any seats in the European Parliament (with 3.6% of the vote for the four Welsh seats) and lost their only county council seat (of Klaus Armstrong-Braun in Flintshire).

2005Edit

In the 2005 UK general election, the party failed to get any Welsh MPs into Parliament. The results for the party's candidates in Wales, in alphabetical order of constituency, were as follows:

Constituency Candidate Number of Votes Proportion of Votes Turnout
Aberavon Miranda La Vey 510 1.7% 58.9%
Bridgend Jonathan Spink 595 1.6% 59.2%
Cardiff South & Penarth John Matthews 729 2.0% 56.2%
Ceredigion Dave Bradney 846 2.4% 67.2%
Conwy Jim Killock 512 1.5% 62.3%
Gower Rhodri Griffiths 1,029 2.6% 64.9%
Neath Susan Jay Green 658 1.8% 62.2%
Newport West Peter Varley 540 1.5% 59.3%
Preseli Pembrokeshire Molly Scott-Cato 494 1.3% 69.5%
Swansea East Tony Young 493 1.6% 52.4%
Swansea West Martyn Shrewsbury 738 2.2% 57.1%
Total 11 (out of 40) 7, 144
Mean 649.5 1.8% 60.8 %

2007Edit

In the May 2007 election to the National Assembly for Wales, the party fielded a list of candidates for each of the top-up regions but no candidates for the constituencies. The party failed to win any seats, coming closest in Mid and West Wales with 4.1% of the vote. The regional party lists were as follows:

Mid and West Wales North Wales South Wales Central South Wales East South Wales West (target region)
1. Leila Kiersch Jim Killock John Matthews Ann Were Rhodri Griffiths
2. Moth Foster Joe Blakesley Richard Payne Alasdair McGowen Brig Oubridge
3. Marilyn Elson Maredudd ap Rheinallt David Pierce Gerry Layton Jane Richmond
4. John Jennings Wilf Hastings Nigel Baker Owen Clarke Jonathan Spink
5. Chris Simpson Anthony Matthews

See also Edit

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External linksEdit

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