The Green Party has elected Jonathan Bartley and Caroline Lucas as its new co-leaders.
The pair – who won the overwhelming support of the party’s membership – have promised policies that enable people to “take control” of their lives.
In their first speech to the Green Party Conference, delivered at the University of Birmingham, Bartley and Lucas said that their party is uniquely poised to bring forward proposals to tackle the “age of insecurity” plaguing Britain.
At the core of their plan is a “Green Industrial Strategy” which, they say, would deliver “real security and prosperity” by creating well paid, low carbon jobs in every part of the country, make Britain a world leader in renewable technologies and give local communities the chance to create their own energy.
They also pledged to take forward work on a “Basic Income” which provides everyone with a decent standard of living and helps protect against the ill effects of short term contracts, low pay and job insecurity.
Lucas first announced she would be running for co-leader in June this year under the slogan “The Power of Working Together”.
The party’s former leader, Natalie Bennett, announced in May that she would step down from the role this summer, saying the party has been established as a national force, but that she was not a “spin-trained, lifelong politician”.
Lucas led the Green Party before Bennett took over in 2012. Lucas is the Party’s only MP, having been so for Brighton Pavilion since 2010. She said a share in the responsibilities of leader appealed because it would allow her to keep up with her job as a constituency MP and bring more voices into politics is a key part of the Greens’ platform
Bartley, who stood against Labour MP Chuka Umunna in the Streatham constituency in the 2015 general election, told the Guardian he believed Labour’s shift to the left under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership had created a “once-in-a-generation opportunity to form a progressive alliance to bring people together, and actually change politics for a generation”.
Amelia Womack was announced as deputy leader. Amelia was first elected in 2014 and at 31 is the youngest deputy leader of any UK political party.
Amelia led strongly in the Greens’ European Referendum campaign and set up Greens for a Better Europe. She has championed social and environmental rights across the UK visiting hundreds of local parties.
Amelia said: “I am thrilled and honoured to be re-elected as Deputy Leader to continue my work for the party. I look forward to working in such a formidable leadership team, and with such strong support from our membership I know that we can take the party forward.”