Agnew: I want to lead Green Party
Former Green Party European candidate Steven Agnew has said that he has put himself forward to be leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland.
Mr Agnew secured the party’s biggest ever vote in Northern Ireland in 2009 when he contested the European elections.
He was the first politician in Northern Ireland to campaign for a Green New Deal to tackle unemployment, fuel poverty and climate change — a campaign which now has cross-party support in the Assembly.
Mr Agnew said: “The Green New Deal has entered mainstream political discourse and this is an example of what I have been saying for a long time; that the Green Party has the ideas to deal with the with the issues we face today and in the future, while many in other parties are still stuck in the politics of the past.
“We need to improve on how we communicate our message. We need to show how the changes we would make will improve people’s lives.”
The Green Party announced it had opened nominations for a leader on Wednesday November 17. Nominations will remain open until November 26 with each candidate requiring the endorsement of 10 party members to qualify them to run in the leadership contest. A postal ballot of members will be carried out thereafter.
Meanwhile, speculation is mounting that Ian Parsely is set to return to the Alliance Party after he announced he is quitting the Conservatives.
Mr Parsley’s resignation comes days after his partner, Paula Bradshaw, announced her defection from the UUP to Alliance.
He spoke of his sadness at leaving the Alliance Party.