Natalie Bennett has confirmed that she is to stand down as the leader of the Green Party after four years in the post. The decision comes after recent election results which saw the party lose councillors in the local elections, although there has been a substantial increase in the number of party members during Bennett’s tenure.
“With the support of our passionate members and supporters we have been able to achieve much in a relatively short period”.
Bennett has been leader of the party since 2012 and she is a former journalist who was born in Australia and moved to London in 1999.
Siân Berry and Jenny Jones have confirmed that they won’t be standing with the party’s two deputy leaders, Amelia Womack and Shahrar Ali, being possible candidates. The former leader, and the party’s own MP, Caroline Lucas, is also being referred to as a potential candidate for the role.