Thursday, 3 September 2009

Green Party Conference 2

Well today's the second day of the Greens' conference in Hove - and the two big draw cards for me will be a panel session with Chris Rapley, director of the Science Museum, Green Party leader Caroline Lucas and union leader Chris Baugh, all talking about how we make a 'Just Transition' to a low-carbon economy, and a two-hour hustings session ahead of votes for GPEx, the party's National Executive Committee. With competition fierce between the candidates for External Communications Co-ordinator, and Chair, there's already mud flying around - some of it will stick, whoever wins and whatever happens.

In a way the result isn't the most important thing - but whether a vote for the Communications head even goes ahead. Many party members are upset that only conference delegates will get a say, and argue all party members should be consulted in a postal ballot.

One candidate is even urging conference-goers to vote for no-one at all in the hope that nominations will be re-opened, triggering just such a party-wide ballot. Either way, all candidates seem hard-working, committed and capable to me - so the party's bound to win the vote either way.

Perhaps of even more interest is that five of the 12 posts on the executive haven't received a valid nomination at all - meaning almost anyone can put their name forward at conference and be elected unopposed. Perhaps we'll see a systematic coup at the heart of the party.

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