Green Party elects co-leaders Carla Denyer and Adrian Ramsay - but who are they?

The new co-leaders of the Green Party are Carla Denyer and Adrian Ramsay. Credit: PA

The Green Party has elected two new co-leaders - Carla Denyer and Adrian Ramsay - two and a half months after the previous leadership stepped down.

Former deputy leader Mr Ramsay and local Bristol councillor Ms Denyer won the election after receiving 44% of the first preference votes and 62% of the second round vote.

They beat Amelia Womack, who was already deputy leader, and Tamsin Omond, who came second with 30% of first preference votes. Ms Womack remains deputy leader.

The pair of new leaders will run the party's England and Wales operation, while the Scottish Green Party, currently in a coalition government with the SNP, is led by Lorna Slater and Patrick Harvie.

Former co-leader Sian Berry stepped down over what she said was "inconsistency" in her party's messaging on trans rights.

Who are the Greens' new leaders?

  • Adrian Ramsay

At the age of 40 Adrian Ramsay has already had a long career in the Green Party - in 2003 at the age of 21 he became the party's youngest councillor before being elected its first deputy leader in 2008.

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He stepped down in 2012 to "focus on other aspects of my life", but he was soon back at the fore of the Greens' movement when he almost became the party's first ever male MP in the 2010 general election.

His colleague Caroline Lucas made it into Parliament but Mr Ramsay fell short.

He won the second highest Green vote in the country for the Norwich South constituency, doubling the party's vote share there to 15%.

According to his campaign website, Mr Ramsay is "an experienced media performer, and was widely seen as a professionalising force in the party".

He was also, says the website, "a leading Councillor in Norwich, overseeing unprecedented success for the party".

"During his tenure Norwich Green Party grew rapidly to become the largest Green councillor group in the country at the time, reaching 15 seats."

  • Carla Denyer

Carla Denyer is a 36-year old councillor for the Green Party, who represents the Bristol Ward of Clifton Down - she is also a parliamentary candidate for Bristol West.

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She had been hoping to join the Greens' only MP Caroline Lucas in Parliament in 2019, but came second in the general election.

She is also the Green Party’s Housing and Communities spokesperson, and according to her website, "has a track record of standing up for renters and working to prevent homelessness". Her website says that before entering politics, she worked as an engineer in the renewable energy industry, specialising in offshore and onshore wind energy.

Following the declaration, Ms Denyer expressed her gratitude to the members who backed her and Mr Ramsay.

"We are at a crucial moment in history and it is clear that the other major political parties have failed to bring about the change that is necessary," she said.

"More than ever before, it is vital that Green policies are adopted for the benefit of our climate and our communities."