West Oxfordshire welcomes new party leaderby WestOxon Greens Editor on 10/18/12
West Oxfordshire Green Party offers a warm welcome to Natalie Bennett, the party's newly elected leader. After a leadership contest which gained plenty of national media attention, Natalie was elected in September.
The leadership contest was triggered when former leader Caroline Lucas stepped down in order to make way for new talent and concentrate on her role as an MP. Caroline Lucas welcomed her successor at the party's recent Autumn Conference, saying: "Natalie Bennett has all the passion, the commitment and the inspiration needed to lead the party forward."
Natalie has already set out her plan of work for her first 100 days as leader and encourages party members to hold her to this. Her longer-term vision for the party includes spreading the word about our policies, explaining that a greener life is a better life: more time for family, less stress and more job security.
Many Green Party members had the chance to meet and chat to Natalie at the Autumn Conference, including Kate Griffin of the West Oxfordshire Greens (pictured).
As Greens in Witney and surrounding areas, we wish Natalie and her newly elected deputy Will Duckworth every success. We hope that she will build on the recent boost in membership and show that the Greens are the most credible alternative to the failed policies of the Conservatives.