It may be one of Wales’s smallest political parties, but for sheer procedural complexity the Wales Green Party appears to stand head and shoulders above the rest .
Information has emerged from last weekend’s Wales Green Party special conference in which delegates mulled over last December’s elections for Leader and Deputy Leader .
It now appears last-minute compromises may have been made to establish the election of the party’s new Deputy Leader – a post formerly held by Penarth Green activist Anthony Slaughter .
It’s now emerged that Alice Hooker-Stroud – who won the leadership election – received 113 votes .
The party’s former Deputy Leader – Penarth’s Anthony Slaughter (chair of Gwyrddio Penarth Greening and a local Parliamentary candidate in the May 2015 General Election) – was runner-up with 87 votes.
In the separate and simultaneous election for the Deputy Leadership, Slaughter did not stand. In this election the winner again was Alice Hooker-Stroud with 110 votes with Hannah Pudner in second place with 104 votes.
As Hooker-Stroud had already won the Leadership contest, her win in the Deputy Leadership contest was irrelevant as she could not occupy both posts under the constitution.
The byzantine constitution of the Wales Green Party however also rules that the Deputy Leader should be of a different “gender identity“ to that of the Leader – which in theory would have ruled-out Pudner becoming Deputy Leader .
However PDN now learns that in the event of there not being a candidate of the opposite gender, then there appears to have been some constitutional wiggle-room given to allow a candidate of the same gender as the Leader to be appointed . Hannah Pudner was therefore confirmed as the new Deputy Leader – succeeding Anthony Slaughter.
Some Green Party activists say that Anthony Slaughter was the obvious candidate to resume that role – even though he hadn’t stood for re-election as Deputy Leader .
There is now talk of appointing a second Deputy Leader which may provide the Penarth landscape gardener with another opportunity for high office in the party.