Baroness Jenny Jones, left, represented the Green Party as their Mayoral candidate for the 2012 elections.
Nominations to be the Green Party’s next London Mayoral candidate have now closed, with the party predicting a close-fought contest.
After finishing third in the last Mayoral and London Assembly elections in 2012 membership of the London Green Party has surged and the party trebled its vote share in the recent general election.
With Greens expected to put in their strongest challenge to-date in next May’s Mayoral elections, the opportunity to represent the Party will be highly competitive.
Caroline Allen, Co-Chair of the London Green Party, said:
“The next 12 months promise to be an extremely exciting time for the London Green Party. The 2012 elections put us as the capital’s third biggest party and with our membership rising every week, we are in a brilliant position to challenge for Mayor and increase our number of seats on the London Assembly. Over the coming weeks we’re going to see a lot of excellent candidates come forwards for nomination.
“But, what we want to do is ensure the competition to be our candidate for Mayor and the campaign that follows isn’t all about us. Our priority will be about using our selections process as a chance to talk to Londoners, identify the issues affecting them and making sure these are front and centre of every debate during the election campaign. We want to show that the future of this great city doesn’t have to be dominated by ludicrously expensive flats, choking air pollution, and rising wage inequality. With the opening of our nominations today, we’re firing the starting gun on a process of completely reimagining the future of London.”
Green Party is expected to announce the winner of its selection process on 2nd September.
Voting will take place throughout August conducted by the ERS using primarily an online system. Members will be required to cast preferences for the candidates as in an STV election. Full details of the selection and the detailed framework can be found on the members' website by following the links.
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In order to ensure that the London Green Party is as fair as possible to members standing for internal selection, the London membership has voted (as it has done in previous previous internal selections) for a set of rules which mean the London Green Party will not be promoting candidates until members have voted.
However, prospective candidates will be keen to get their voices out there and tell London why they are standing to be a Green candidate. If you are a member of the press wanting to hear from them, please contact our national press office (020 7549 0310 or email@example.com) who are taking enquiries on this selection and will be happy to put you in touch with prospective candidates.
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