Camden councillor Sian Berry elected co-leader of the Green Party
London Assembly member to lead alongside Jonathan Bartley
04 September, 2018 — By Richard Osley
SIAN Berry, the only Green councillor sitting at the Town Hall, was today confirmed as the party’s new national co-leader.
She will take over from Caroline Lucas, the Brighton Pavilion MP who announced she was stepping down from the role earlier this year. Cllr Berry will share the leadership with Jonathan Bartley, who has been working alongside Ms Lucas for the last two years.
When she announced her intentions to stand, Cllr Berry was teased by local Labour rivals for being ‘three-jobs Sian’, as she was aiming to add the leadership to her councillor role and her place on the London Assembly. She has always maintained that she can take on all three positions at the same time.
She said this afternoon (Tuesday): “In council chambers across the country, Greens are leading a political revolt against the status quo. We are more determined than ever to take the party to the next level.”
Cllr Berry topped the polls in the Highgate at May’s council elections but the party were unable to expand as Labour held the other two seats in the ward. One of the most high profile Green figures in the UK, she had fronted the local election party political broadcast, which included footage of her working in her Tufnell Park flat.
Cllr Berry was the party’s principal speaker – the name previously used by the party for the leadership role – for a year in 2006.