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
- Press Officer
- Local Party Development Officer
- Campaigns Coordinator
- Green Wales Editor
- Conferences Coordinator
- Fund-raising Officer
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.
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).
|Constituency||Candidate||Number of Votes||Proportion of Votes||Turnout|
|Aberavon||Miranda La Vey||510||1.7%||58.9%|
|Cardiff South & Penarth||John Matthews||729||2.0%||56.2%|
|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|
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
- Wales Green Party (official web site)