Green Party membership begins to grow

This month, Green Party membership began to grow. In two quiet summer months, the number of paid up members will have increased by around about 150 by the time Conference starts. Sometime next year, the party will have passed 8,000 members for the first time in twenty years, and in two years, should be closing in on the psychologically important 10,000 mark.

How is it that I can make this claim with any certainty? Well, part of it is a definite trend to better publicity and media presence over the last 12 months, with Caroline Lucas and Siân Berry gaining increasing presence in print and television.

Caroline’s strong message about policing and the climate camp, and then a full page in yesterday’s Independent has pulled in a bunch of members, much as happened in London during…

Ballot papers hit doormats

The ballot papers for the Leadership election and Executive have arrived on my doormat today. All looks nice and efficient – which is great.

The toughest call for me is Chair. I’m standing but I think James is a great candidate. We’re offering different things, I think. James Humphreys has greater external experience, including at Downing Street, whereas I’ve perhaps done more internally.

But please give this one some thought. I’m not counting on your vote – you should make the choice that you think best suits the party.

[ UPDATE: See Rupert…

LibDems pick up on Green’s open campaigning debate

Interestingly for me at least, the LibDems are having similar debates to the Greens about how internal campaigning should work, and have picked up on ours.

Crucially, for parliamentary selections, they do make membership contact data available to the candidates (as do Labour).

They do not, however, for committee elections like the Executive, but it seems that they do for their leadership election.

The reasons I am sure are similar, that they don’t want too much campaigning to the point that it gets obtrusive, but some elections…

Can we all please ignore Julie Birchill?

Please. If we do, maybe she’ll go away.

Scuttle Brown’s Coal Plans

Andy Hewett, a London Green Party campaigner, came up with this slogan for the Kingsnorth protests, which helped capture Green Party presence in a number of outlets yesterday, including the Guardian, Metro, London Paper and this on BBC online.

Note how the layout works – four short words:

Scuttle
Brown’s
Coal
Plans

This makes it easy to make a placard, but best of course is that it is good line. We’ve had a few others, like the climate demo’s “Go solar, not ballistic” and “More wind, less CO2”. It’s a massive step forward from a few years back when rather embarrassingly one placard had six slogans on back and front…




Age of Stupid showing at Conference, Saturday night

Sue Luxton has just confirmed that the Age of Stupid will be showing at Conference on Saturday night. Space is limited to 50 seats, it seems, which is a shame, but that’s the only space that was available. Tickets will be around £4. Review here.

GreenFeed: killer app for Green bloggers on Twitter?

Okay, so it’s not strictly an app, but it is a really good reason to get onto Twitter’s platform, if you follow green blogs.

Someone in Edinbugh (please own up!) but not Two Doctors who is apparently dead set against Twitter has set up this service to send out titles, authors and URLs of new green blogs on Twitter. That’s actually really useful, as you catch them as they’re published. Find it here.

(Thanks to Adopted…

Jim Killock for Chair: official statement

I want the party to work and make a difference. I’ve done everything I can to make that happen – including leaving my full time paid job to push things forward. I would be honoured if you would give me your vote to help me make the Green Party more effective.

A track record of building success and fundraising

Over the last four years on the Executive, three as External Communications Officer, I have had a track record of building success. I have:

  • Written the motion to create a Leader and Deputy create and campaigned for it
  • Overseen the introduction of Direct Debit, which now 1600 members are using, worth £65,000 a year, due to double in the next two years
  • Secured two full time press officer posts and sorted out their office
  • Pushed…

Announcing my candidacy for Chair

A short note: more of this later. I’ve decided to stand for Party Chair, in what what would be my final year of GPEx.

I’m up against the very talented James Humphreys. I possibly expect to be standing against Penny Kemp, but I’ve no confirmation that her nomination was received.

I’m standing on a straightforward agenda of sorting the party out.

More of the same, in other words: now we have a leadership and a professional communications operation, I am standing in particular to build on the excellent Direct Debit work we’ve already done, and to get professional support for our elections.

[UPDATE: Penny did not submit a nomination]

Ashley declares he is running

We have official confirmation that Ashley Gunstock will be standing for leader, from Weggis. It’s good to have a contest.

UPDATE: Ashley now has a blog.

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