Green Party Spokespeople

Here you can find out about our full portfolio of Spokespeople.

Combining prominent Greens with emerging voices, our Spokespeople reflect government positions — although tailored to the party’s distinctive priorities.

Leader Natalie Bennett said: “Our spokespeople line-up reflects the fact that our party is gaining strength and our messaging on a broad range of issues more resonant. We’ve got talented people providing a strong voice in every area of policy — with our environment and social justice at the heart of everything we do. As we gear towards gains at the European and local elections next year, our new spokespeople will be able to present the case as the Green Party being the true opposition across the full spectrum of public debate.”

In preparing this line-up, the Green Party conducted its first ever open application process, with every member being invited to apply for the positions.

Alongside existing prominent Green members — such as Euro MPs Jean Lambert and Keith Taylor and London Assembly Members Darren Johnson and Jean Lambert — emerging young voices are also represented, and high-profile Euro candidates such as the South West’s Molly Scott Cato, North West’s Peter Cranie and East’s Rupert Read.

Former Labour MP Tony Clarke is also among new speakers, representing the party on foreign affairs.

Leader: Natalie Bennett Natalie Bennett

Natalie Bennett was elected the leader of The Green Party of England and Wales on September 3, 2012.

Within the party she’s been an active worker on policy, on issues ranging from the abolition of the Corporation of the City of London to abortion rights, proportional liability on the roads to job-share MPs and a 40% quota for women on major company boards, the treatment of women offenders and the rights of asylum-seekers and sex workers.

Natalie served as the internal communications coordinator for the party from September 2007-2010 and was the founding chair of Green Party Women. Living in Somers Town, central London, she is a local community campaigner and is an active member of the People’s Supermarket Cooperative.

Natalie stood in the 2010 general election for the seat of Holborn and St Pancras, and was selected for the London Assembly list in May 2012, on the London-wide list for The Green Party.

Please contact via Zoe Hall, Press Officer, on 020 7549 0315 or press@greenparty.org.uk

Leader's Green Party Blog: www.greenparty.org.uk/leaders-blog

Personal website: www.nataliebennett.co.uk

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Twitter @natalieben

Deputy Leader: Will DuckworthWill Duckworth

Will Duckworth was the first Green Party councillor in the Black Country after he was elected to Metropolitan Borough of Dudley in 2012. He was elected as the party's Deputy Leader in 2012. He is also the West Midlands regional Green Party first choice candidate on the list for the 2014 European Parliament election.

Please contact via Zoe Hall, Press Officer, on 020 7549 0315 or press@greenparty.org.uk

More information on Will Duckworth.

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Twitter @WillDuckworthGP

Wales: Pippa BartolottiPippa Bartolotti

Pippa Bartolotti is the current leader of Wales Green Party. Previously she was Wales Green Party’s deputy leader in 2010, and was the Green Party's parliamentary candidate for Newport West in the 2010 general election.

Pippa managed two companies before making the shift into electronics to become CEO of Encrypta Electronics.

In 1997 she accepted a position with the Welsh Development Agency working to grow indigenous businesses. From there she moved to the Welsh Assembly working on business consultancy.

Personal website: pippabartolotti.com

Twitter @pippabartolotti

Economy: Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas

Caroline is Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion.

In 2008, she was elected as the party's first ever leader. After serving for two terms, Caroline stepped aside in 2012 and Natalie Bennett was elected by members to lead the party.

She is also a member of the Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee, scrutinising proposals such as the Green Investment Bank and the Government's plans to embed sustainable development in every department.

For media enquiries connected with the work of Caroline Lucas in Parliament or as local MP please contact Steve Harman, Parliamentary Press Officer, on 020 7219 0221 or steve.harman@parliament.uk

Website: www.carolinelucas.com

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Twitter @CarolineLucas

Finance: Molly Scott CatoMolly Scott Cato

Molly Scott Cato leads the Green Group on Stroud District Council.

She works as a green economist and is Professor of Strategy and Sustainability at Roehampton University. Molly is an international expert on green economics.

She is a regular commentator on the Eurozone crisis via her personal blog Gaian Economics. She is also an advocate of the co-operative model and a member of the Welsh Government’s Co-operative Commission.

Website: southwest.greenparty.org.uk/euros2014starthere/molly-scott-cato.html

Twitter @Molly4Europe

Home Affairs: Peter CraniePeter Cranie

Peter Cranie is an anti-racism activist, who has been involved with the Merseyside Coalition Against Racism and Fascism. He re-established Liverpool Green Party in 2002 and since then the local party has won two council seats. He is a former Elections Co-ordinator for the national Green Party.

Married, and a new father, Peter has a wide range of experience:

  • in the private sector, working in retail banks in the 1990s
  • in the public sector, as a social care worker and FE lecturer
  • in the charity sector, where he currently works for a Parenting Support charity

Peter is an economic migrant to England. His family moved from Scotland in the early 1980s as manufacturing jobs and employment collapsed under the early years of the Thatcher government. He has lived in England for over 25 years and in the North West for over a decade.

Website: petercranie.blogspot.co.uk

Twitter @PeterCranie

Immigration: Jean LambertJean Lambert

Jean was elected as the Green Party’s MEP for London in 1999 and re-elected with an increasing share of the vote year on year in 2004 and 2009. Within the European Parliament and beyond, Jean works on a range of issues including asylum and refugees, employment and social affairs, and human rights and civil liberties.

Website: www.jeanlambertmep.org.uk

Twitter @GreenJeanMEP

Justice: Jenny JonesJenny Jones

Jenny Jones has been a member of the London Assembly since 2000. Jenny was Green Party candidate for Mayor of London in 2012, coming third.

She was a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority until its abolition and she is now Deputy Chair of the Assembly's Police and Crime Committee, where she holds the Met and the Mayor to account, particularly on civil liberties. She has consistently called for greater police resources for the enforcement of road traffic laws, and for better support for victims of crime. Jenny is also the former Deputy Mayor of London and as Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb is a working peer.

Website: www.london.gov.uk/mayor-assembly/london-assembly/members/jenny-jones

Twitter @GreenJennyJones

Work and Pensions: Jonathan BartleyJonathan Bartley

After post-graduate studies at the London School of Economics Jonathan worked in the House of Commons for four years.  He is founder and director of the thinktank Ekklesia and has raised over £1,000,000 for good causes in the developing world. He was vice-chair and lead spokesperson for the Yes campaign in the national referendum to change the voting system for elections to Westminster.  In one of the high profile moments of the 2010 general election campaign, along with his disabled son Samuel, confronted David Cameron over proposals in Conservative manifesto regarding disabled children.  Channel 4 Fact Check later determined the Prime Minister had been wrong in the claims he made on disability. He is a co-founder of Accord, a progressive coalition of religious and secular groups, teaching unions and humanists, to work for more inclusive faith schools, and end discrimination in employment and admissions.  He has also worked with hostages taken captive in Iraq. In the 2012 London elections he was the candidate for Lambeth and Southwark and  gained the second highest number of votes of any Green Party constituency candidate in London.

Website: www.ekklesia.co.uk

Twitter @jon_bartley

Welfare: Romayne Phoenix

Romayne Phoenix

A former teacher, Romayne is a political activist, artist and mother of three.

Romayne is Co Chair of the People's Assembly Against Austerity.

As a councillor, representing Brockley Ward, 2006 -2010, she was a member of Healthier Communities Select Committee, Children and Young People's Select Committee, Lewisham Community Police Consultative Group, the Mayor's Commission on Sustainability and the Mayor's Commission on Libraries and Learning.

Chair of the Women's Health Inequalities Review for Lewisham borough, launched in October 2009, she also played a key role in the efforts to successfully safeguard services at Lewisham Hospital.

 Romayne worked to promote the Green Party  group motion that led to Lewisham becoming a Living Wage employer. 

Romayne is the Trade Union Liaison Officer of GPEW national executive and has previously served on GPEx as the  Campaigns Coordinator and  Convenor of the Campaigns and Communications team . An officer of the Green Party Trade Union group, Chair of Green Left, Chair of the Coalition of Resistance, a founding member of the Greece Solidarity Campaign and active member of the Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union group, she is also a member of the steering group of Keep Our NHS Public.

Twitter @romaynephoenix

Local Government: Jason KitcatJason Kitcat

Jason Kitcat is the Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council and an elected member of the UK's first Green-led council administration.

He represents Regency Ward in central Brighton.

Before his election as council leader in May 2012, Jason was Cabinet Member for Finance & Central Services.

In his professional work Jason was a Foundation Coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation to 2012.

He also served as Head of Technology at Netmums, a leading grassroots parenting site as well as working with online communities since the early 1990s and has founded or co-founded a number of technology related companies.

Website: www.jasonkitcat.com

Twitter @jasonkitcat

Housing: Darren JohnsonDarren Johnson

Darren was elected to the London Assembly in May 2000 and has also served as a Green councillor in Lewisham since 2002.

As Chair of the Assembly’s Environment Committee, Darren has led Assembly investigations into a range of topics including: flood risk in London, water shortages, Heathrow expansion and the loss of London’s street trees. He has also promoted measures to address low-pay in the Capital through a London Living wage and policies to protect vital local services.

Website: london.greenparty.org.uk/elected-greens/assembly

Twitter @DarrenJohnsonAM

Transport: Rupert ReadRupert Read

Dr Rupert Read is a Green Party activist in Norwich. He wants improved, more sustainable transport policies.

Rupert is Reader in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia. His work is on environmental and political philosophy.

Website: www.rupertread.net

Twitter @GreenRupertRead

 

 

 

Local Transport: Caroline RussellCaroline Russell

Caroline Russell is a walking and cycling campaigner based in London specialising in advocacy on behalf of pedestrians and more people-friendly streets. She has campaigned successfully for 20mph limits on main roads in Islington. She works part-time for the national walking charity Living Streets.

Website: highburyonfoot.blogspot.com

Twitter @highburyonfoot

Health: Gina DowdingGina Dowding

Gina Dowding was elected in May 2013 to Lancashire County Councillor, and sits on the Health Scrutiny Committee.

She is a former City councillor and a cabinet member on Lancaster City Council where she had responsibility for leading key strategic policy work such as LA21 and the Local Strategic Partnership as well as multi-agency partnerships and community consultation.

She previously worked for the NHS as a Health Promotion Specialist for 12 years, a non-clinical post which involved health development advice; working in a number of settings including universities and prisons; and work with the Healthy Cities Office of the World Health Organisation

Twitter @GinaDowding

Social Care: Katharina BoettgeKatharina Boettge

Katharina Boettge grew up amongst the German Green movement. Katharina came to Nottingham in October 1999. She has been raising her daughter as a single parent, whilst studying (A levels, degree in psychology and a Masters in Psychotherapy) and working within social care. After successfully completing her Masters, Katharina has been working in her private practice as a psychotherapist and as a behaviour therapist for Voyage, a private social care provider.

Twitter @KatBoettge

 

Business, Innovation and Skills: Elise BenjaminElise Benjimin

Elise is an experienced local Councillor, first elected to the City Council in 1999, and has been a local campaigner in East Oxford since 1993. She has chaired many Council committees including Planning, Employment & Economic Development, and the East Area Parliament. In May 2011 she became the Lord Mayor or Oxford - the first Green in Oxford to hold this position.

Elise was a Governor at East Oxford primary school for 10 years, and Vice-Chair of East Oxford Adventure Playground Association when the Meadow Lane playground was upgraded in the late 90's. She is currently a member of Donnington Doorstep Management Committee (10 years) and the City’s East Oxford representative on the City-wide Policing Board (8 years).

Amongst many local achievements, Elise has:

  • Pushed the Council to speed up overdue playground repairs
  • Worked to get crossings installed on Donnington Bridge Rd and Iffley Rd
  • Got bike racks installed on Iffley Rd
  • Helped estabish the award-winning East Oxford Farmers Market
  • Supported the setting up of the successful local Car Club

Twitter @EliseDB

Environment: Andrew CooperAndrew Cooper

Andrew Cooper was elected to Kirklees Council in May 1999 as a Green Party Councillor and has been re-elected four times in the Newsome Ward.

He proposed the UK's first universally free insulation scheme which saw over 50'000 Kirklees homes insulated.

He now works for Tadea UK developing innovative energy projects in the North of England.

Website: www.greeningkirklees.blogspot.co.uk

Twitter @clrandrewcooper

 

Foreign Affairs: Tony ClarkeTony Clarke

Mr Clarke was Labour MP for Northampton South from 1997 – 2005. He was auto expelled from the Party when he stood as an Independent in Local Elections in 2007.

During his time in Parliament, Mr Clarke chaired the Northern Ireland Select Committee (devolved Affairs) during the period of the suspension of the NI Assembly.

He joined the Green Party in March 2013

Website: www.tonyclarkeindependent.blogspot.co.uk

Twitter @tonyclarkeuk

Foreign Affairs: Shahrar AliShahrar Ali

Dr Shahrar Ali trained as a biochemical engineer then as a philosopher. His PhD from UCL analysed the morality of lying and deception, with special reference to public life.

He entered green politics after working as a researcher in the European Parliament. He is author of Why Vote Green, an impassioned call for green politics in the 21st century.

He has been a vocal critic of successive governments' assault on civil liberties through abusive anti-terror legislation, such as Guantanamo and rendition.

For press enquiries, please email shahrar.ali@greenparty.org.uk

Website: www.shahrarali.net/

Twitter @ShahrarAli

International Development: Keith TaylorKeith Taylor

Keith Taylor is the Green MEP for the South East of England.

In his role as an MEP, Keith sits on the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism, and the Committee on Development.

For press enquiries, please contact Matthew Butcher: Tel: 0207 250 8418 or 07940 500633 | Email: keithpress@greenmeps.org.uk

Website: www.keithtaylormep.org.uk

Twitter @GreenKeithMEP

 

Rural Affairs: Emily McIvorEmily McIvor

Emily works as EU policy advisor to an animal welfare charity, providing her with experience of the negotiation and implementation of Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy and EU wildlife laws. Through engagement with community groups campaigning against the National Planning Policy Framework, Emily has extensive knowledge of planning threats and opportunities. Living in East Devon, Emily is especially concerned about the problem of low income and high rural housing costs.

More information on Emily McIvor.

Animals: Caroline AllenCaroline Allen

Caroline Allen is a practicing vet and has worked in both mixed and small animal veterinary practice during the last 15 years. Caroline has extensive knowledge of animal issues and has campaigned on a wide range of subjects; from tackling irresponsible pet ownership to opposing the badger cull, highlighting the cruelty of greyhound racing to protecting wildlife

Website: www.carolineallengreenlondon.blogspot.co.uk

Twitter @Green_Caroline

 

Culture, Media and Sport: Shirley FordShirley Ford

Shirley is the Coordinator of the North East England Green Party and has been selected as Lead candidate again for the European Elections in 2014. She was the Green Party candidate in the General Election for South Shields. Working in a local primary school supporting parents to improve attendance, she is a Unison branch equality officer and active in the Public Service Alliance.

Twitter @ShirleyFord15

Equalities: Rebecca Rafiyah FindlayRebecca Rafiyah Findlay

Rebecca Rafiyah Findlay is experienced in winning support and achieving change in issues such as women's rights, sexuality rights and health equality. She has a special interest in promoting tolerance towards religious communities including Islamic. A confident and engaging media spokesperson, Rebecca Rafiyah has appeared on Radio 4's Today programme, Women's Hour, Channel 5 News as well as many different radio shows and also in women's glossy magazines.

Twitter @RebeccaRafiyah

Parliamentary: Caroline LucasCaroline Lucas

Caroline is Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion.

In her role as an MP, Caroline is a Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fuel Poverty, and Vice Chair of the Public and Commercial Services, Sustainable Housing, Animal Welfare, and CND All Party Parliamentary Groups.

She is also a member of the Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee, scrutinising proposals such as the Green Investment Bank and the Government's plans to embed sustainable development in every department.

She is also an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Sciences and a Patron of the Westminster Social Policy Forum.

Caroline was named the 'Most Influential MP' in 2012 by the Political Studies Association, 'MP of the Year' in the Scottish Widows and Dods Women in Public Life Awards 2011, and 'Newcomer of the Year' in the Spectator's 2010 Parliamentarian awards.

For media enquiries connected with the work of Caroline Lucas in Parliament or as local MP please contact Steve Harman, Parliamentary Press Officer, on 020 7219 0221 or steve.harman@parliament.uk

Website: www.carolinelucas.com

Facebook Caroline Lucas

Twitter @CarolineLucas

Parliamentary Reform: Rob TelfordRob Telford

Rob has been campaigning for democratic reform since 2009 through Power 2010, the Yes to Fairer Votes campaign, and now through grass roots work with Unlock Democracy and the Electoral Reform Society. He started the local Bristol for Democracy group and his passion is for getting young people involved in the political process. He was elected as a Green councillor in Bristol in May 2013 and sits on Bristol City Council’s Elections & Democracy Committee. He also serves as the Green whip on the Council, but he doesn’t believe in using it.

Twitter @PurpleGreenRob