Clare Bailey MLA

Clare Bailey MLA is new Green Party in NI leader

Wednesday 21st November 2018

Clare Bailey MLA is new Green Party in NI leader

Clare Bailey MLA has been selected as the leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland.

The South Belfast MLA succeeds Steven Agnew MLA who was leader for seven years and announced his intention to step down in the summer.

Clare joined the Green Party in 2010 and has built a vibrant and energetic South Belfast constituency group.

Clare holds a politics degree from Queen’s University Belfast and cites the lack of women’s experience reflected in public policy as a key factor in her decision to get involved in politics.

Clare said that, “the power of bright, new ideas” are needed “now more than ever”.

She stated that the Green Party is in good place with a “buoyant and vibrant membership base” ready to take on the big struggles of our times.

Clare Bailey MLA said:

“I am delighted to be the new leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland. I follow on from Steven Agnew MLA, who has immeasurably developed the party during his time as leader.

“I take over a party with a buoyant and dynamic membership – people who are committed to taking on the challenges of our time.

“The challenges are significant and serious – we have a government in denial about climate breakdown.

“Brexit looms large over all of us while the politicians of the past have failed to give us a voice.

“And, across Northern Ireland, certain citizens are denied the rights that others take for granted.”

Clare continued:

“The Green Party is the only party willing and able to tackle these issues.

“We were the first local party to propose a People’s Vote on any final Brexit deal.

“We are the only party to accept the reality of climate breakdown and with the bold policies to deal with it.

“And for us, equality is more than just a buzzword – we stood the first transgender candidate on the island of Ireland, we use a meaningful gender quota, and have been at the forefront of LGBTQ rights.

“That’s why, now more than ever, the Green Party can be a force for positive change.”


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