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Leader of Welsh Greens says split from English party is ‘inevitable’ and ‘desirable’

17 Apr 2023 4 minute read
Leader of the Wales Green Party, Anthony Slaughter.

Siân Williams

It’s both “inevitable” and “desirable” that the Green Party of England and Wales will cease to exist, according to its leader this side of the border.

Leader of the Wales Green Party, Anthony Slaughter, told Nation.Cymru that it’s only a matter of time, before the England and Wales Green Party splits into two independent political entities.

“Originally, we were the UK Green Party and the Scottish left and the Irish left, leaving the Green Party of England and Wales.

“My position is that an independent and separate Wales Green Party is not only inevitable but it’s also desirable. We’re a pro-independence party so, there’s no logic in not wanting to be an independent party.

“I’m confident that it will be a topic that will be under serious consideration over the next few years.”

Vote

Mr Slaughter’s predecessor in the Wales Green Party – Grenville Ham – campaigned for the Welsh Greens to go it alone in 2018.

He was keen to follow in the footstep of the Scottish Greens who currently have seven Members in the Scottish Parliament (MSPs).

However, only 20% of party members bothered to vote, and 65% of those who did, rejected the proposal to split from England.

A lot has changed since then, argues the current Wales Green Party Leader.

A little over a year ago, the party in Wales adopted a pro Welsh independence stand, he said.

“It’s inevitably meant that these discussions are starting again – if and when we should be a separate party. And I do think it’s a case of when, not if, but it needs to be managed properly.

“My own personal feelings are, that if we go into the Senedd election as a pro-independence party, we need to have started some sort of discussion with the membership about the constitutional future of our party.”

Standing down

Earlier this month, Amerjit Kaur-Dhaliwal, one of two elected deputy leaders of the Wales Green Party announced they were standing down.

One of the reasons given in their Bright Green interview, was that they could no longer afford to maintain their voluntary position during the cost-of-living crisis.

Mr Slaughter confirmed that his position is also voluntary, and that he’s got a day job.

He said the party raises money from membership and run fundraising campaigns and currently the England and Wales Green Party share resources.

Who gets what is “worked out between the two parties because we’re an autonomous party,” he explained.

“I would say that it’s a healthy and respectful relationship between party members on both sides of the border.

“We’re a grassroots democratic party and conference makes decisions. A motion was passed at the autumn conference of the Green Party of England and Wales last year, instructing the executive that the leader position in Wales needs to be a paid position.”

As a result, by the end of this year it is intended that the Wales Green Party Leader position shall become a paid position, confirmed Mr Slaughter.

“The discussion around the constitutional future of the party, the need for increased resources is indicative of a growing and maturing party.

“As the party has grown over the last couple of years, we’ve reached a stage where we need to address that and start resourcing these senior spokespeople and leadership positions.”

Transphobia

In response to an ongoing debate amongst some party members on twitter, Mr Slaughter said that transphobia is an ongoing issue for all political parties.

“It hasn’t been as big an issue for Wales Green Party as it has been for other parties. I think we’re a more inclusive party and inclusivity is core to our values so, I’d like to think that the people we attract share that.

“We constantly strive to be a more inclusive party – we’re a party for everyone. Trans rights are part of our policy.”

The Wales Green Party is seeing its membership going up steadily on a weekly basis, explained Mr Slaughter.

“Not on the same scale as the green surge in 2016 where 1,000 a day were joining the Green Party of England and Wales.

“In Wales it’s roughly over 1,800 members,” he said, adding the party have eight elected councillors dispersed all over the country. In Cardiff – as a result of the common ground arrangement with Plaid Cymru – there are another two elected councillors.


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Gareth
Gareth
10 months ago

Ardderchog, great news, another party offering distinct policies to deal with the problems Cymru faces , with the interests of Cymru at heart. Good luck in the future.

Valerie Matthews
Valerie Matthews
10 months ago

Well, the English Parliament CERTAINLY do not have the best outcomes for Wales at the centre of ANYTHING they do.

Steve A Duggan
Steve A Duggan
10 months ago

Well good luck to the party – I believe it has the best interests of Wales at heart.

Cathy Roberts.
Cathy Roberts.
10 months ago

Mr Slaughter= another guy who thinks blokes have the right to co opt women’s lives, safe spaces, and language.

He must realise that hateful misogyny is never going to be a vote winner.

Just look at the SNP debacle on this issue.

Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
10 months ago

Da iawn. Hen bryd.

max wallis
max wallis
10 months ago

Being still part of the England&Wales GP, the Wales fractdion ar involved in the court case over victimisation of the longstanding loyal exec member Shahrar Ali – victimised for advocating a break with the pro-trans policy – and for winning a good fraction of the vote. So the trans-majority takes revenge. No longer are the E&W Greens a democratic Party tolerant of diverse views. If Slaughter and Co had principles, they’d support Shahrar, even if it triggers a break with the English leadership.

Robert
Robert
10 months ago

Sounds good, do it.

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