Green Party to host leadership hustings in Suffolk
PUBLISHED: 14:11 06 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:11 06 July 2016
Green Party members in East Anglia will be meeting in a Suffolk town on Saturday to question those who aim to replace Natalie Bennett as the next leader of the Green Party.
There are five candidates for leader, including Caroline Lucas MP and Jonathan Bartley, who are standing jointly to be co-leaders.
Three candidates including Mr Bartley, parliamentary candidate for Streatham last year, who speaks for the Party on Work and Pensions, have confirmed their attendance at the hustings in Stowmarket’s John Peel Centre so far.
The other leader candidates attending are Clive Lord, the party’s longest serving activist having joined in 1973, a year after it was founded, and councillor David Williams, a member of Oxford City Council.
There are also seven candidates for deputy leader, of whom five have confirmed their attendance so far.
The hustings will take place between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. Only Green Party members will be able to ask questions.
The event is part of Eastern Region Green Party’s all day conference which will be held at the St Peter’s Church Hall nearby.
Green Party leaders are elected for two years and following the hustings, which are taking place all around the country, all members will take part in a postal ballot to choose the new leadership team.
Organiser Robert Lindsay said: “Natalie was elected uncontested two years ago, so this is the first time for four years that we have been able to vote for a leader. The event has been generating a lot of interest amongst members. We have seen another surge in members across the East following the shock of the vote for Brexit and the turmoil amongst the other main parties.”