Are you booked for West Mids conference?

Green Party Deputy Leader Amelia Womack is our special guest speaker at this year’s West Midlands Green Party Conference.
Amelia was first elected as Deputy Leader in 2014 at the age of 29, and is still the youngest deputy leader of any UK political party. Amelia has campaigned on numerous issues in her 8 years as a Green Party activist, in particular Housing and TTIP.
Amelia will be talking about the current state of politics, and the part our work in the West Midlands can play in addressing it, as well as inspiring us to keep winning!
The Conference is on Saturday 7th January at the Priory Rooms, 40 Bull St, Birmingham City Centre, B4 6AF. We’ll be starting at 10am and finishing by 5:15pm.
Entry is at the bargain price of £6 if you pay in advance, or £8 on the door. Those on low or no income can book the bursary rate, which is free. Whichever you decide to do, don’t forget to register in advance using this booking link, to be sure of your place.

Skill Up!

As we move into 2017, a two year run up to winning more seats in local elections in May 2019, and a possible early general election, we urgently need to think about skilling-up our members and building an organised and effective campaign team.
So let’s start the new year as we mean to go on with a large Herefordshire contingent to the West Midlands Regional Conference on January 7th, which will be at the Priory Rooms in Birmingham City Centre 10am-5.15pm. This is the training and networking event of the year in the West Midlands, and is a fantastic opportunity to skill-up members and volunteers.
There are some great training sessions lined up, covering issues such as engaging more members and volunteers, producing engaging newsletters, and crafting election-winning messages.
It’s also a chance to inspire newer or less active members to get more involved. There is a session with our fantastic West Mids Mayoral candidate James Burn, and Green Party Deputy Leader Amelia Womack is a special guest speaker.
Entry to this event is at the bargain price of £8 on the door, or £6 if people pay in advance via paypal. Those on low or no incomes can book the bursary fund rate, which is free.
Donations above the cost of the ticket are gladly accepted in order to help cover costs and contribute to the bursary fund. Whichever attendees decide to do, we’re still asking people to register in advance so we have an idea of numbers.
Members should register using the booking link. Any problems please get in touch: julien.pritchard@greenparty.org.uk. And if you do register, let Herefordshire branch know too – we might be able to share travel or sit together on the train!

West Mids Green Party Regional Conference

Politics can feel a pretty scary place right now – but what better way to be part of the positive fightback than to come to the West Midlands Green Party Conference on 7th January 2017?

After a challenging, but nonetheless successful, 2016 for the Green Party in the West Midlands, we’re looking ahead and preparing for greater success in 2017.

So come and join us at the West Mids Regional Conference!

The event is at the Priory Rooms in Birmingham City Centre, starting at 10am and finishing at 5.15pm. We have a great agenda lined up, including some fantastic expert training sessions. There’ll be a chance to hear how our priority campaigns are working hard to make gains in May, and hear all about our exciting West Midlands Mayoral campaign from Mayoral Candidate James BurnWe’ve also got a special guest speaker, with Deputy Green Party Leader Amelia Womack joining us.

In addition there will be lots of opportunities to network and share ideas with fellow party members and campaigners throughout the day.

Don’t miss out on what is the training and networking event of the year in the West Midlands.

Entry to this event is at the bargain price of £8 on the door, or £6 if you pay in advance via paypal. Those on low or no incomes can book the bursary fund rate, which is free.

We will of course gladly accept donations above the cost of the ticket, to help cover costs and contribute to the bursary fund. Whichever you decide to do, please still register in advance so we have an idea of numbers.

Please register using the booking link. Any problems please get in touch: julien.pritchard@greenparty.org.uk

Hope you can join us on 7th January!

Greens confer in Birmingham

This year’s Autumn Conference was held in our region, at the University of Birmingham.  It was one of the biggest conferences ever, with about 1300 members attending.  There was a big buzz around the election of the new Leaders, Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley, who stood as a job-share and won a resounding 85% of the vote.  Amelia Womack was re-elected Deputy Leader, and the party said a warm ‘thank you’ to Natalie Bennett, who stood down after 4 years of service during which the Green Party has grown four-fold.

Conference has two purposes really: to make policy, and to enable activists to network, discuss issues, and get training.  There’s always lots going on!

On the policy-making side, motions (and amendments) can be proposed by any member, so it’s a very democratic process.  (Of course, motions have got a much better chance of being passed if they’ve been thoroughly researched and consulted on).  Just to give you a flavour of the debate, here are the first few motions on the agenda:

  • Opposition to the Conservatives’ Trade Union Act
  • Amending our Terrorism Policy
  • Cost and timescale for nuclear power
  • Recognising Trans identities
  • Statutory right of access to workplaces for Trade Unions
  • Updating our policy on unpaid carers
  • Animal welfare in food processing
  • House of Lords Reform

Conference also makes decisions about the internal running of the party, as well as being where elections are held for a wide range of committees.

In terms of sessions for activists, there were fringe meetings on a wide range of topics (e.g. Universal Basic Income, divestment from fossil fuels, Green Party messaging strategy); training sessions (e.g. communications, running meetings people want to come to, selecting and supporting candidates) and a couple of big panel discussions (‘Progressive Alliances – the case for cross-party working’ and ‘Brexit – what now?’).  I even ran a tour of the Zero Carbon House (zch.org.uk)!

Altogether it was a great weekend – really energising and inspiring.  If you’ve never been to a Green Party Conference, I really do encourage you to.  In fact, the Spring 2017 conference in Liverpool (30 March – 2 April 2017) is going to be quite extraordinary, as we’re combining it with a Global Greens congress (held once every 5 years), a European Green Party Congress, and a Young Greens conference. You can find out a bit more here. Put the dates in your diary now – see you there!

Ellie Chowns, North Herefordshire Green Party