Report from Green Party Autumn Conference

9 September 2016

Inspired and Connected
Last Saturday I went to the Green Party Conference at Birmingham University, an easy train ride from Gloucester.
Although I only stayed 1 of 3 days I feel very inspired.
The minute I arrived direct democracy was in full swing as each member was entitled to vote on motions to shape or reform Green Party policies and procedures following a balance of arguments for and against each motion and further amendments.
There were many workshops in the run-up where motions were discussed in more detail and those who proposed them were available for questions and answers before they were voted on.
And there were a few training sessions. I attended one on “Running local party meetings people want to come to” which was very entertaining and left me inspired to read up on it more and try a few of the tips out to get more members to our meetings and involved.
We listened to 2 very informative panel discussions on Paris COP and the future of Climate Change action, and on Post-Brexit.
Natalie Bennett received standing ovations both before and after her farewell speak as Green Party leader. While she was looking back at 4 years of Green Party achievements and gave thanks, she also gave highlighted a number of causes she is getting involved in.
And she is right, there are so many good causes.
Green Party Bristol West were there looking for members to support their attempt to get a 2nd Green MP at the next general election. They are planning an activists’ day and are also looking for members who volunteer to phone supporters in the run-up to an election as part of their phone banking. If you are keen, please email or go here:
In between the many events there were numerous stalls offered information, leaflets, brochures, badges, mugs, and T-shirts. Charley and I brought a few bags with goodies back for our monthly stalls. Might bring them to the next GP meeting.
And we chatted with other Green Party activists and some of our very approachable big names. On the train home we sat with Gloucestershire Green Party activists from the Forest of Dean and Stroud area, strengthening our ties across the county.
So I can heartily recommend attending the next Green Party conference next spring, but come prepared with food for lunch / dinner unless you don’t mind long dinner queues that give you more opportunities to make new Green Party friends.
Eva Langrock-Bircher

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