Tell me a bit about your background and how you came into politics?
It’s also a radical new model that is about modern politics. No other party has ever been brave or bold enough to elect a job sharing team into the leadership role and we think the Green Party will recognise that we need to walk the talk, and lead by example when it comes to doing things differently.
On everything from the living wage to tackling air pollution, the Green Party has a history of leading where others follow. The era of two party politics is over but the voting system hasn’t caught up and as co-leaders we want to do what the Greens do best – set the agenda. We recognise that our party works differently to others and that decisions are ultimately made locally. We want to find a way to enable the national and local parties to fully consider how best to achieve the political objectives of social and environmental sustainability.
There’s been a lot of talk about how the Green Party should position itself, on the political spectrum in the Corbyn Labour era, apart from the Progressive Alliance, how do you see this?
This appealed to working class Tories in the “outer London doughnut” where Tory support is strongest. So while we were rightly fighting Labour in the inner city areas over estate demolition, and putting power back into the hands of local people, we were also sending an important message to the Tory heartlands that we wanted a more equal London, that we didn’t like that they were having to pay more just to get to work in the centre because they couldn’t afford to live closer in. It was bold. It was radical. We didn’t compromise. But it was a policy with widespread appeal.
What is your vision for the future of the Green Party?
In the Green Party it is about our collective vision together as a party, not one person’s vision being imposed. We really need to build on the good work that has been done by so many people who have worked so hard for many years..