Green Party membership surges amid climate emergency and Brexit turmoil

Are we witnessing a mini 'Green surge'?

Pictured: Co-leaders cllr Jonathan Bartley and Sian Berry AM.

The Green Party of England & Wales now has 50,000 members, the highest figure for the party since 2016.

The surge comes amid growing concerns about the climate crisis and anger over Brexit, the party says.

Labour adopted a position at conference to delay deciding whether to back Remain until after a General Election, while Greta Thunberg’s school strikes for climate action have moved the crisis further up the agenda.

Co-leader Jonathan Bartley said it was ‘truly amazing’: “We are part of a Green wave that is sweeping across Europe, a growing awareness of the climate emergency and the need to take action.”

The membership boost represents around 1,500 net new members joining since July this year, according to House of Commons Library analysis at the time.

In May this year, the party experienced their best ever local election results, shortly followed by their best ever European Election result in terms of seats, upping their MEPs from three to seven.

The 50,000 membership milestone comes ahead of the Green Party conference next week in Newport. The party say they will unveil an ‘ambitious program for democratic reform and environmental protection underpinned by the party’s Green New Deal’.

With the 2015 election seeing the party win its highest ever vote share – over a million votes nationally and Caroline Lucas securing re-election in Brighton Pavilion – membership of the Greens surpassed 60,000 in 2015, in what was dubbed a ‘Green surge‘.

Much of the membership boost came amid anger at a ‘media blackout’ of the party despite having popular left-wing policies around a time that Ed Miliband was condemning strike action.

However, membership dropped to around 45,000 in 2016 and 39,000 in 2018, after many members reportedly left to join a now left-led Labour party.

Earlier this month their former leader Natalie Bennett was given a peerage, joining Baroness Jenny Jones in the second chamber upping their parliamentary representation to three.

The party is led by cllr Jonathan Bartley and London Assembly member and London Mayoral Candidate Sian Berry.

The Liberal Democrats have also seen a membership surge in recent months, with the party announcing in September that there are now 120,845 members of the party, many being drawn by a ‘stop Brexit’ message.

Josiah Mortimer is Editor of Left Foot Forward. Follow him on Twitter. 

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4 Responses to “Green Party membership surges amid climate emergency and Brexit turmoil”

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  2. Patrick Newman

    Newly joined or re-joined members of the Lib Dems must have very short memories. The Party sustained the most Right-wing government since the war which was with the full participation of Lib Dems. They were not satisfied to sup with the ‘devil’ with a long spoon. They soon started wearing his clothes and sleeping at the foot of his bed! It also appears that Jo Swinson has a few skeletons in the cupboard!

  3. Dave Roberts

    It’s the “Greta” surge. The effect will be to siphon off the left vote and guarantee the Tories five years of power.

  4. GEORGE ZEGLINAS

    @Dave Roberta Speak for yourself, I’m Green not Leftist so I wouldn’t vote for any other Party. Stick that as there is no ”siphon off” for me and thousands others!

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