#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!