GPEx Elections 2022 – Campaigns Coordinator

I joined the Green Party as the only party that had serious solutions to the huge environmental and social problems we face, and that was joining the dots between them. And, like many other Greens, I want our party to do more than just campaign to win elections, however crucial they may be.

In my view, the primary role of the Campaigns Committee is to provide local members and parties with opportunities and resources to campaign on the big issues they are passionate about. It’s not just good in itself; it also helps raise the profile of our party, encourages people to join us and makes membership more fun and fulfilling. And all of this contributes to making us a more effective electoral force.

The role of the Campaigns Coordinator is not to decide alone which issues to campaign on, but to work with the Campaigns Committee, Party Leadership Team, Internal Communications Coordinator, Policy Working Groups and others to identify opportunities and campaign priorities. And then to develop and deploy them in a way that they are easy and engaging for members. We currently have no financial resources as a committee, so our success is critically dependent on working with these other elements of the party.

Since I was co-opted as Coordinator, I believe we have managed to achieve such positive collaboration and have developed several effective and distinctive campaigns on (for example) the Police Bill and the Right to Protest, and on a policy of “dirty profits”. tax” on North Sea oil and gas. For the Dirty Profits Tax, this involved working with policy task forces to get emergency policy approved in response to soaring profits at North Sea oil and gas companies. For the Policing Bill, this involved close coordination with our team in the House of Lords and with non-party activists. The #ProtestIsNotACrime campaign not only generated a huge response on social media – it also helped put significant pressure on the Labor Party which enabled opponents of the bill – led by Jenny Jones in the Lords – to reject many of its worst aspects.

We have the ability to respond quickly to opportunities, as we did with the campaign for the Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill, also known as Ella’s Law, which unexpectedly topped the poll of private members’ bills in the House of Lords earlier this year. But there are so many pressing issues that we could campaigning, and our capacity as a committee is limited, so we need to focus on how we prioritize campaigns.

The Campaigns Committee considers that the ‘cost of living’ crisis (in reality a crisis of extreme poverty and inequality) will certainly dominate the political agenda in the short and medium term, and we want all our campaigns to be related to this, while highlighting how this crisis is linked to the accelerating climate and ecological emergency, and how solutions to one must work in tandem with solutions to the other.

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