Just three days left to help elect Wales’ first Green Assembly Member
Amelia Womack. Photo: Wales Green Party
Green Party members have just three days left to support the crowdfunding campaign to help elect Wales’ first Green Assembly Member.
Amelia Womack, Green Party of England and Wales Deputy leader, is standing for the proportional list seat of South Wales Central – which covers Cardiff – and is aiming to raise as much as possible of the £2,000 needed to run the last six weeks of the campaign that remain.
The flexible funding model means that the money raised will fund a campaigns officer, leaflets and materials, as well as potentially billboards, and could make all the difference in what is a tight race for the last list seat in the region – a seat that could come down to either Greens or UKIP winning it. UKIP are expected to surge this election, from zero to up nine AMs, meaning it is all the more essential Greens secure their first seat.
South Wales Central is seen as the most winnable seat in Wales, alongside Mid and West Wales, and Greens from across the country are targeting it hard.
Crucially, a Labour vote on the list in South Wales Central is effectively a wasted vote, given their high support in the constituency ballot, under the Additional Member System form of PR.
Womack has so far raised nearly half of the total at the time of writing – with over £800 given by supporters.
The crowdfunder states that “We have seen the difference just a handful of Greens make in institutions across the country. We have Greens in Westminster, the Scottish Parliament, the Northern Irish Assembly and the London Assembly – now it’s Wales’ turn to get the Green representation our nation deserves by electing Amelia Womack to bring our Green vision into the Senedd.
“Unlike other parties, we don’t have millionaire donors, donations from big business, or financial support from trade unions. We rely on you – our members and supporters to fund our grassroots campaigns.
The party has calculated that just under 6,000 extra votes are needed on top of last time to ensure Womack is elected on May 5th, as the candidate at the top of the list.
Womack grew up in local Newport and lives in Cardiff. She is also standing for the constituency seat of Cardiff central.