By John Millington
BRIGHTON councillor Alexandra Phillips is to run for the national post of Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales (GPEW), her campaign team announced today.
Cllr Phillips is the first candidate to come forward for the position with Green Party members nationwide set to be voting in elections for both Leader and Deputy Leader this summer.
The results will be announced at the Party’s annual conference in Bristol in September.
Brighton MP Caroline Lucas has announced she will not seek a third two-year term when her current one ends this year.
No one has declared their intention to stand as leader.
Cllr Phillips who describes herself as a “socialist” is a favourite of the left of the party and the Young Greens, and has worked closely with Ms Lucas having served as campaign co-ordinator in her successful 2010 election bid.
She said: “The Greens have the opportunity now to displace the Lib Dems and become the third party in British politics, putting up a fight against the Conservative-led Government austerity agenda. I’m running for Deputy Leader to give members the tools and resources to make that ambition a reality.
“I’m a lifelong socialist, and like many people I joined the Green Party after being betrayed by Labour.”
“The Greens are the only party rejecting cuts, privatisation, authoritarianism and war. I want Greens to feel more confident about saying this to the media and to the public at large.”
“My focus over the next two years will be to make sure we continue to reach ever greater audiences, to grow our membership, to improve our capability and to inspire more and more people to become active in our Party. This will enable us to get our message out and to stand and win in an ever-increasing number of elections.
She added: “I’m immeasurably grateful to the people of Goldsmid ward for inspiring me to run. Green politics is about the community, not corporate donors or newspaper bosses. My politics are shaped every day by the experiences of the community I serve, and should I become Deputy Leader I will remain as committed as ever to serving as as one of Goldsmid’s Green councillors.”
***My original interview with her for the Morning Star is below***