The Green Party has officially launched a new branch for the Amber Valley constituency following a surge in popularity over the 2015 election cycle.
The new group held its first AGM on Wednesday night, April 6, at the Queen’s Head and has already set to work on its campaigns for the upcoming Amber Valley Borough Council elections.
The activists were formerly part of the Mid Derbyshire group of the Green Party, but as membership had grown so much they felt it was time to form their own organisation.
Julie Wosniczka was elected as the party coordinator at the meeting and said: “It’s great that we are now strong enough in Amber Valley to become a local party in our own right. We’ve worked closely with Derbyshire Green Party throughout and will still do so.
“We have an active group of members, volunteers and supporters who have been working hard since we started. We have a full slate of 15 candidates standing in the elections on May 5 and we are working hard to get them elected.”
Sue MacFarlane is the party’s candidate for the Belper North seat and she is hoping to build on the support she has already gained in the town having contested the same ward and the Mid Derbyshire parliamentary seat last year.
She was one of the 40,000 people who joined the party in the run up to the 2015 General Election, making it the third biggest by number in England and Wales.
Sue said: “I joined during the Green surge and am really pleased that we’ve been able to form a party for Amber Valley.
“I have been talking to many people in the borough, and especially Belper, since I was selected as a candidate and I know that many of them had been waiting for an alternative to voting either Tory or Labour. If I get elected I pledge to do my best to speak up for them on the council.”
While branchmembers recognise they have a lot of hard work ahead of them, they also hope to make politics more enjoyable for everyone.
Julie added: “We have some great musicians and poets. We’re a party that knows how to party and we welcome anyone who wants to join us.”
At the meeting, Lian Pizzey was elected as agent and Steve Kennedy as treasurer.