FIRST GREEN MEP for WEST MIDLANDS

Herefordshire Green Party is absolutely delighted that Ellie Chowns has been elected as the first ever Green MEP for the West Midlands!

Ellie will therefore be stepping back from her roles as Cabinet Member and Leader of the Green Group on Herefordshire Council with immediate effect.  Ellie’s deputy Cllr Trish Marsh will take her place in both roles, as per arrangements already agreed with the Leader of the Council, the Cabinet, and the rest of the Green Group.  Ellie will continue to serve as the Ward Member for Bishops Frome and Cradley.

Ellie said ’The Green Party’s success in this European election shows that the people of the West Midlands want something new – a positive alternative to the broken politics of the past.  That’s also what Herefordshire voted for three weeks ago, when the Conservative stranglehold on local politics was broken.  I’m proud to have been part of negotiating the new cross-party administration in Herefordshire.  I know Trish will do a brilliant job as Leader of the Green Group and as Cabinet Member for Economy and Communications, and I’m grateful to her – and all my colleagues – for their support’.

Trish said ‘Ellie’s election as MEP follows on from fantastic Green success in the recent local elections.  Here in Herefordshire, we are delighted to have formed a cross-party administration together with the Herefordshire Independents Group and It’s Our County.  This kind of co-operation is the politics of the future.  I very much look forward to serving in the Cabinet and helping to build a better, fairer and greener Herefordshire’.

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