Sadly, today I am announcing publicly my intention to step down as leader of the Wales Green Party at the end of March.
It has been a difficult decision to make. I love Wales and I feel honoured to have represented the Wales Green Party’s vision over the last year and a bit. I’d like to thank each and every person who has supported me and our party. I will remain as a member of the Wales Green Party, and still believe wholeheartedly in our values and our vision. No other party acknowledges the need to put people, not profit at the heart of our society, our economy and our future.
I am proud that as a party, we care about who lines our pockets, and we don’t take funds from corporate donors like other parties do. That means that our members have the biggest say in our policies and our decisions, not corporate lobbyists. I am proud that every person in our party has an equal say, and proud that when I speak on behalf of the Wales Green Party, that I know I speak on behalf of you, our members. However, this, alongside other factors, has contributed to my role being effectively a voluntary one. Working without remuneration for me at this point has sadly become untenable.
Though I am sad to step down from the role, the decision to do so was made easier by the fact I knew I would be able to hand over to Grenville Ham – current deputy leader, as per our constitution. As the deputy candidate who gained the most votes in the elections last December, and as a committed, skilled, and experienced individual, I am confident he will take our party forwards with confidence through the elections in May.
Grenville, Pippa and I will be working hard to make sure that the transition over the next month is a smooth one, and this is not the last you will hear from me. I will be doing what I can over the coming weeks for the party, and to further the Wales Green Party’s message to create a better future for us all.
Thank you once again for all your support – I wouldn’t have got this far without you!