#ThanksNatalie! | Image made by Green Party Memes

#ThanksNatalie! | Image made by Green Party Memes

Natalie Bennett has announced that she will not be seeking re-election as leader of the Green Party of England and Wales. In a Huffington Post blog, she said “It’s been a privilege and an honour to have the title “leader of the Green Party”, but every member of the Green Party is a leader, helping to lead the way towards a society in which we live within our environmental limits while ensuring no one fears hunger or want.”

Of course, with a party that has around 63,000 members, reaction to our leader standing down has spread across Social Media. Very soon after the news broke on Sunday night, a lot of Greens were tweeting using #ThanksNatalie.

People praised her work on the ground:

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As well as the growth that the party has seen since she became leader:

And of course, there was the admiration, and remembering how inspiring Natalie has been:

Sian Berry also made a positive Facebook post about Natalie’s time as leader, it’s too long for us to show here, but do give it a look!

Nominations for the Green Party Leadership elections open on 1 June 2016 and close on 30 June. A campaign period will run from 1 July until 24 July, at which point the one-month balloting period begins. The new Leadership team will be unveiled at the Green Party’s Autumn Conference in early September.


So, on behalf of Bright Green, I guess all that’s left for me to say is: #ThanksNatalie!

About Aimee Challenor

Aimee is a Senior Correspondent for Bright Green and writes on GPEW News, and specialises in LGBTIQA Rights reporting. Based in Coventry, she is studying BA (Hons) History and Politics at the Open University, in her spare time she enjoys photography and is a charity trustee and Volunteer.