Heritage: Mixed South Asian and White
Local Green Party: Stroud District Green Party
Nominators: Tom Hathway (Plymouth Green Party) and Sabrina Poole (Stroud District Green Party)
The Green Party spent the 2015 election campaign presenting itself as a real alternative to pale, male, stale establishment politics, but while we’re still a depressingly white middle class party this comes across as potential rather than hard fought for reality. And that is exactly why it’s been such a pleasure to help form Greens of Colour; I’m endlessly excited and inspired by this party’s potential and feel honoured to be in a position where alongside others I can help create the more diverse, intersectional, inclusive party that the Greens not only have the potential to be but must be in today’s Tory Britain, where the Labour “opposition” practically won the election for the Tories, while losing much of their traditionally core working class vote to an insidious and racist personality cult.
The Green Party have failed to speak up on countless race issues from Charlie Hebdo to Fergusson and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, so this needs to change, and change fast, if we are to become a rare but deeply necessary political voice for the activists so often silenced by the media and establishment. Insuring the Greens have an internal and public discourse around these ever more pressing issues in the age of UKIP is one of the things I’d work towards if elected. I would also use my experience as South West Green Party Coordinator and in many other Green Party positions to help launch a GoC training scheme to nurture talent in the party, and a Green Party Liberation Conference with other caucuses.