Monday, 18 February 2013

Happy 40th Birthday to the Green Party

The Green Party is a little younger than me and I would have loved to have been a founder member but I was just 5 when in all kicked off in the Bridge Inn in Napton, Warwickshire back in 1973 and called itself the PEOPLE Party. I waited until 1984 before I joined at the ripe old age old 16 - it had changed its name to the Ecology Party by then and was changing again to become the Green Party.

Of course it took a little time to become successful.  After the high point of 15% in the 1989 European Elections, it took another 10 years to get our first MEPs and another 11 to get our first MP - we're on a roll now. But we must not forget our London Assembly Members, our MSP cousins in Scotland and our Assembly member in Norther Ireland or our multitude of councillors across the country.

But the Party is 40 years young and birthday celebrations are afoot. Spring Conference this weekend will host the birthday dinner with master of ceremonies Brig Oubridge. I wouldn't miss it for the world!

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