The Green Party co-leader Carla Denyer visited Newcastle this weekend to help launch the party’s local election campaign. Denyer, who took over as co-leader with Adrian Ramsay in October last year, took part in a community litter pick in West Fenham as part of the 2022 ‘Great British Spring Clean’. She also spoke to local people on the doorstep and met with party campaigners who are gearing-up for May’s council elections.
Carla Denyer said “I’ve come here today to support the Green Party campaign to get Tay Pitman elected, and to help give local people a voice for change. Voters in West Fenham have the opportunity to make history this May and elect the first Green councillor to Newcastle City Council, joining hundreds of other Greens making a difference in towns and cities across the country.”
Newcastle is one of the last major urban areas in England without any Green councillors, after progress in recent years has seen Greens elected to South Tyneside, Sunderland, Darlington, County Durham, and Northumberland councils. The Green Party hold around 450 local authority seats across England and Wales, on 141 different councils.
Tay Pitman, who has been selected as the Green Party’s candidate for West Fenham ward, added “We’ve spoken to hundreds of local residents in recent weeks and it’s clear that many people are tired of feeling ignored by their council and are ready for change. I’ve been active all year round, listening to their concerns and working on their behalf to ensure areas like West Fenham aren’t forgotten. I hope to become Newcastle’s first Green Party councillor on the 5th of May.”
Carla Denyer is touring the North East this weekend, taking in visits to Newcastle, Sunderland, and Durham, where she studied Mechanical Engineering from 2005-2009. She is a Green Party councillor in Bristol, and was instrumental in the city declaring a Climate Emergency in 2018, the first city in the UK to do so.