Who are Carla Denyer and Adrian Ramsay, leaders of the Green Party?

What you need to know about the co-leaders of the Green Party

Who are Carla Denyer and Adrian Ramsay, leaders of the Green Party?

No really, who are they?

Carla Denyer (b. 1985) is the current co-leader of the Green Party. She has served as a city councillor in Bristol since 2015 and is now the Green Party’s candidate for Bristol Central at the next election. After studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Durham, Denyer worked at a renewable energy consultancy.

Adrian Ramsay (b. 1981) is the current co-leader of the Green Party. He served as a city councillor in Norwich between 2003-2011 and was the party’s Deputy Leader between 2008-2012. At the next election, he is standing as the Green Party candidate for Waveney Valley. He studied Politics at the University of East Anglia and worked as chief executive of the Centre for Alternative Technology between 2014-2019.

What you need to know

The Green Party is not well represented in Parliament, having won just one seat in 2019: Caroline Lucas represents Brighton Pavilion.

In the upcoming election, the party is running on a policy platform of fairer, greener homes; farrier, greener housing; fairer, greener schools; fairer, greener childcare; fairer, greener transport; and fairer, greener water.

The Green Party is guided by ten principles:

  1. The Green Party is a party of social and environmental justice, which supports a radical transformation of society for the benefit of all, and for the planet as a whole. We understand that the threats to economic, social and environmental wellbeing are part of the same problem, and recognise that solving one of these crises cannot be achieved without solving the others.

  2. The success of a society cannot be measured by narrow economic indicators, but should take account of factors affecting the quality of life for all people: personal freedom, social equity, health, happiness, human fulfilment along with biodiversity and ecosystem health and stability. Indicators of societal and ecosystem health should be mindful of the fact that human influence has already caused rapid climate change and significantly damaged biodiversity and ecosystem health.

  3. Humankind depends on the diversity of the natural world for its existence. We do not believe that other species are expendable.

  4. The Earth’s physical resources are finite. We threaten our future if we try to live beyond those means, so we must build a sustainable society that guarantees our long-term future.

  5. Every person, in this and future generations, is entitled to basic material security.

  6. Our actions should take account of the well-being of other nations, other species, and future generations. We should not pursue our well-being to the detriment of theirs or assume that interventions by us are always helpful.

  7. A healthy society is based on voluntary co-operation between empowered individuals in a democratic society, free from discrimination whether based on race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, religion, social origin or any other prejudice.

  8. We emphasise democratic participation and accountability by ensuring that decisions are taken at the closest practical level to those affected by them.

  9. We look for non-violent solutions to conflict situations, which take into account the interests of minorities and future generations in order to achieve lasting settlements.

  10. Electoral politics is not the only way to achieve change in society, and we will use a variety of methods, including lifestyle changes, and non-violent direct action, to help effect progress, providing those methods do not conflict with our other core principles.

Header Image Credit: Carla Denyer cheering with Green Party activists, placards and banner

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