Statement of Solidarity with Green Seniors

Statement of solidarity with Green Seniors Nicola Watson, Freda Davis & Eric Walker, and endorsement of the Open Letter to the Leadership by Mandy Vere.

“Thank you to Mandy for articulating what we are thinking. We too stand in solidarity with long standing Green Party members Eric, Freda and Nicola. We believe the suspension of these Green Seniors is an attack against freedom of speech.”

Hazel Pegg, Glastonbury & Street GP
Zoe Hatch, Chiltern GP (Suspended)
Chris Holt, Lambeth GP
Mariette Labelle, Hounslow GP
Imogen Makepeace, Lewes and District GP
Alison Whalley, Newcastle Upon Tyne GP
Sarah Blenkinsop, Herefordshire GP
Rachel Hardy, Sheffield GP
Sue Williams, Rother GP
Anne Baker, Gwent GP
Peter Garbutt, Sheffield GP
Alison Teal, Sheffield GP (Suspended)
Emma Bateman, Waveney GP
Maire Smith, Cannock Chase GP
Bob, Blyth Valley GP
Zoe Richards, North Somerset GP
Alex Geddis, Bristol GP
Jude English, Bristol GP
Lucy Watson (Suspended)
Elisabeth Bray
Robbie Spence, Colchester GP
Jessica Winkler
Susan Green, Birmingham GP
Sandy Irvine, Newcastle GP
Deborah Fink, Waltham Forest & Redbridge GP.
Dawn Lawrence, Bristol GP
Chit Chong
Elizabeth Mansfield
Linda Oubridge, Salisbury GP
Anna Heyman
Brig Oubridge, Salisbury GP
Beverley Maltby, Tendring GP
Andrea Paterson, Waltham Forest and Redbridge GP
Andi Cornfield, Lambeth GP
Paul Milnes
Dee Searle
Judy Maciejowska, West Devon GP
Jan Clark, Forest of Dean GP
Sue Paskins, Brighton & Hove GP
Siobhan Scanlan, Oxford GP
Nathan Williams, Brent GP (Suspended)
Tina Rothery
Sarah Bond, Waveney GP
Eamonn O’Nolan, Suffolk Coastal GP
Gordon Housley, East Mendip GP
Jane Carruthers, Babergh GP
Dede Liss
David Flint, Enfield GP
John Matthews
Jon Lucas, Bath & NE Somerset
Clive Lord
Cllr Shane Collins
Erwin Schaefer, West Central London GP
Cllr Helen Kay, East Mendip GP
Andrew Sterling
Sara Mai, Shrewsbury & Atcham GP
Jill Raymond, Forest of Dean GP
Ray Cunningham, Brighton and Hove GP
Susan Westlake, Tunbridge Wells GP
lan Mossman, Stroud GP
Dan Jenkinson, Bristol GP
Jenny Jones, Lambeth GP
Gordon Reid Sharp
Anne Johnson, Birmingham GP
Diane Green, Waveney GP
Andrew Cheetham, Newcastle upon Tyne GP
Joseph Lucey, Swale GP
Julie Richardson, Newcastle upon Tyne GP
Shan Oakes
Bill Rigby
Kath Leyland, Blyth Valley GP
Theo Hopkins, Oxford GP
Christopher Walford, South West Wilts GP
Shabanah Fazal
Amanda Stones, South Norfolk GP
Mark James, Sheffield GP
Lydia Vulliamy
Ian McHugh, Sheffield GP
Rosalind Hurley, Calderdale GP
Jessica Goldfinch
Jean Molloy
Dr Wilma Fraser
Sue Wright, Salisbury GP
John Somerville, Lewes GP
Barbara Wyvill, North Norfolk GP
Peter Barnett, Blackwater Valley GP
Abercrombie, Cheshire East GP
John Hopes, Babergh GP
Sarah Figlio Hopes, Barbergh GP
Daniel Potter, Babergh GP
Kerryann Lund, Ulverston GP
Penny Remfry, North Tyneside Green Party
Annie Neligan, Craven and Ripon GP
Jaye Nolan, Medway GP
Dinah Morgan
Chris Millman, Bristol GP
Julia Wakelam, West Suffolk GP
Hilary Fender, Amber Valley GP
Marilyn Stone, Medway GP
Mary MacCallum Sullivan
Alan Mossman, Stroud District GP
Sue Boulding, North Shropshire GP
Cathy Wattebot, Coventry GP

If you would like to add your signature please email contact@gcgreens.uk with your name and Local Party.

 

Open Letter to GPEW Leaders and those in leadership positions

It is difficult to know how to write this letter without using phrases such as “What on earth is going on?” and my mother’s favourite phrase, “Wake up at the back there!” But when multiple WhatsApp groups are on fire until well after midnight using words like ‘trigger-happy’, ‘overreach’, ‘out-of-control’, ‘factional zealots’, plus the inevitable ‘lawyers’, you know all is not well in the presumed genteel world of Green Seniors.

Yesterday evening at the respectable pre-horlicks time of 5pm, Green Seniors held their AGM. 300-odd members had duly received agenda, previous minutes and notice of annual election and 48 members turned up to enjoy an hour’s convivial company. What ensued could only be described as a scene out of Monty Python or at the least a Pagford Parish Council meeting in ‘The Casual Vacancy’, as the appointed ERO, and a last minute stand-in chair attending from his hospital bed, tried valiantly to bring some order to the proceedings. “What on earth could have happened” indeed?

When the eager members finally managed to gain entrance to the zoom, the heroic chair not being entirely au fait with the technology of hosting, we were shocked to learn that the Co-Chairs of Green Seniors, Nicola Watson & Freda Davis, variously described on those pinging WhatsApp messages as stalwarts and grandees of the Party, had been subject to the Party’s now notorious No Fault Suspensions (NFS). Nicola had just returned from a weekend canvassing for Adrian Ramsay in Suffolk. Freda is a veteran of Greenham – if she was unafraid of the might of the US military do you imagine for a minute she will be cowed by ‘overreaching factional zealots’? In addition, quite probably the eldest member of the Party, Eric Walker, Membership Secretary, who celebrates his 99th birthday next month, had similarly fallen on his sword. Anyone who witnessed Eric declining to leave the meeting voluntarily when requested and instead insisting on being ejected, will have been left under no illusion that the ‘factional zealots’ who had brought about this situation have made a very big mistake in targeting these veteran members. The ensuing uproar, albeit conducted in tones of controlled but thunderous outrage (the meeting chat stretched to many pages when saved and analysed later with our horlicks), left us all in no doubt that this attack on the internal democracy of Seniors may well be the last straw which breaks the camel’s back of the corruption which has seemingly now embedded itself in the Party.

The reference to ‘fanatical zealots’ is used advisedly. Witnesses to and victims of the wholesale capture of the Party’s Complaints and Disciplinary system, Regional Council, Standing Orders Committee and the national ERO position *(#hatgate anyone?) can tell you this is no overstatement. Of course, there are numerous honourable members on our governance bodies but they are constantly outnumbered by the said faction, resulting in:

  • Trees hero and PPC, Alison Teal, on a NFS for 16 months
  • Astute and highly-respected Co-Chair of Green Party Women, Zoe Hatch, suspended and GPW closed down
  • Dawn Furness and Emma Bateman, returned after years of suspensions but unable to stand for office and now in determined mode
  • Robbie Spence returned after two years on NFS for a crime which it turned out never existed!
  • The Party’s original whistleblower on the Challenor Affair, Andy Healey, finally expelled after years of persecution
  • Ex-Chair of our esteemed Executive, Liz Reason, now on a four-year suspension
  • And now three stalwart Seniors on NFS – for how long?

Of course no details are known of the alleged crimes and I can hear the cries of ‘we cannot interfere in the complaints system’, and ‘all eyes are on the General Election’. But the media are ready and waiting for internal Party scandals. It is time to recognise the Complaints System is corrupted beyond repair, with requests for NFS from complainants regularly upheld by decision-makers acting on an ideological basis against members they disagree with. There are rumours that the Regional Council is ignoring its own legal advice, and members are increasingly disturbed by the Party’s willingness to sleep-walk into unlawful discrimination. As was posited last night, unless these three septuagenarian, octogenarian and nonagenarian members have turned into latter-day Bonnie and Clydes and embarked on a bank robbing spree, none of us Seniors can see what possible risk they could be to the Party. In our eyes, their only crime has been to champion free speech in the Party, allow open discussion on dozens of subjects including the bete noir of said ‘fanatical faction’, sex and gender.

If anyone amongst the leadership is still in ostrich mode, please be assured the determination to confront discrimination in the Party will never go away. The combined age and experience present last night was in the region of 3000 years. And short of waiting for us all to die off, we can assure the Party that women and men who have spent that many years campaigning for, amongst other causes, the rights of women (‘as a sex’ used to be implicit but now needs to be spelt out) are not about to give up now. Age discrimination has just been added to our grievances.

To be deadly serious, the ‘fanatical zealots’ acting unlawfully to discriminate against members contrary to the Equality Act are on course to bring our beloved Party to its knees, judicially, financially and morally. I now count seven members fully determined to follow in Shahrar Ali’s footsteps in holding the Party to account in the courts if necessary, with the aim not of damaging the Party but of making it the ethical driving force it needs to be.

It is way past time for the Party to end this unlawful discrimination once and for all. For a start:

  • The use of NFS for anything other than criminal acts must be ended
  • Disciplinary Committee and DCRG must be disbanded and all complaints outsourced
  • No members may be allowed to hold multiple seats on governance bodies
  • All in leadership positions must go public with their condemnation of discrimination on the basis of sex and age, within the Party

There are now numerous unofficial groups formed with the intention of holding the Party to account on the issues of sex discrimination and abysmal governance. Efforts are now being combined, meetings are being held across disparate groups. The camel’s back is now groaning with the additional straws.

Other words heard tonight were ‘leadership’ and ‘get a grip’. Now is the time for action.

Best Green wishes

Mandy Vere

Liverpool Green Party

Hatgate: In an internal Party election for multiple roles last year, well-known advocates of gender ideology were listed top for every role. On enquiring of the ERO which randomiser had been used, the astonishing answer was “We kept it classic and drew the names out of a hat. The hat was a 1950s refurbished chestnut brown peach loom felt trilby and the paper was the back of an old agenda paper.” This became the subject of a speech on the Conference floor and subsequently went down in Party lore as #hatgate. Needless to say the ERO uses they/them pronouns.

Statement of solidarity with Green Seniors Nicola Watson, Freda Davis & EricWalker, and endorsement of the Open Letter to the leadership by Mandy Vere.

Watch the GWD Webinar

Watch the Green Women’s Declaration webinar in which women from the Green Party of England and Wales who have been suspended by the party for their Gender Critical views discuss how the process is the punishment in the complaints system. Chaired by Pallavi Devulapalli with guests Dawn Furness, Emma Bateman, Alison Teal and Zoe Hatch, which took place online at 7:30pm on Monday 4th December 2023.

Transcripts:

Take Action!

So many of you have already emailed us or spoken out on social media in abject shock and horror in response to the stories you heard during our webinar. Until now, the complaints process has been masked by a veil of secrecy. That means very few members have been able to truly understand the extent of our broken systems and how they are being weaponised to silence Gender Critical voices.

Many of you have also asked how you can help to further our aims to support women speaking out and advocate for women’s issues to be protected in the party.  Here are six ideas:

  1. SPEAK to someone in your local party – many members have no idea about the corruption in the party by the Gender Identity factions. Start small.
  2. Share the Webinar video and this information sheet with friends and colleagues, or on social media. Sunlight is the best disinfectant and we need to shine a light on the corruption and broken processes within the party so we can put a stop to it.
  3. WRITE to your Regional Council member –  see contacts below. Ask them about the consequences of the multiple court cases for discrimination, the real potential of bankruptcy, and the ultimate collapse of the entire Green Party.
  4. Help us build a body of evidence demonstrating harm to the party. We know that people often make public statements on Social Media when they leave the party over this issue, will you help us collect those statements by forwarding them to evidence@greenwomensdeclaration.uk We want to demonstrate that the leadership’s continued silence on this issue only perpetuates harm to the party and to our hardworking members and campaigners.
  5. STAND for a Governance Position – we need sensible Green people in the room to counter extremist ideologues and help to put our party back on track. Multiple positions are available either on an annual or rolling basis. Green Party Executive – (GPEx – Next election Jul 2024), Green Party Regional Council (GPRC – Next election rolling normally 2 years), Disciplinary Committee  (DC – next election rolling dependent upon vacancies), Standing Order Committee (SOC – Next election Oct 2024) Drop us a line and let us know if you are interested in standing at a national level, if you’re curious one of our team can give you more information about what’s involved.
  6. VOLUNTEER to support our campaign. Drop us a line at info@greenwomensdeclaration.uk to let us know you want to help. We’d love to hear from you.

2023-12-04 GWD Webinar The Process is the Punishment – Information Sheet

Letter from Zoe Hatch (Co-Chair GPW)

I received notification today that Joe Hudson-Small, Melanie Earp and John Macefield have voted to suspend me from the party for the email I sent to you on 13th October titled Green Party Women under attack. These named individuals are the ‘on call’ members of GPRC who are supposed to protect the party from the most egregious threats to its reputation. My alleged offence was to send an email talking about how Green Party Women are under attack. The attack on Green Party Women has now been made more clear than ever before, for that at least we perhaps owe them a debt of gratitude. The fervent behaviour of the zealots within the party who are intent on silencing women are the ones bringing the party into disrepute – and it has got to stop. NOW.

As members are aware I am leading the GPW project to compile a dossier of evidence for the EHRC detailing discrimination and detriment towards women on the basis of their Gender Critical (GC) views. Being put on NFS has the intention of denying me access to any of the benefits of party membership and consequently silencing my voice.

Unlawful behaviour
Members of GPRC have clearly gone rogue and are acting unlawfully here. Instead of looking after the wellbeing of the party, as they are tasked to do, they are instead directly flouting the legal advice given to them by their own solicitors. This advice clearly defines the offence of victimisation as sanctioning or treating someone badly who has whistleblown regarding discrimination. According to the Equality Act 2010 this is against the law.

Legal Advice
You can read the full legal advice from Bates Wells solicitors here. In my view this information should be sent to all members and I urge you now to send it to your local party officers before further wrongdoing occurs. It is not an offence to share legal advice with your colleagues. Indeed, this advice could be the only thing that saves the party from further legal costs, financial ruin and resultant collapse.

GPRC ‘authority’ is not recognised
I have today written to Jon Nott as Chair of GPEX advising him that it is GPRC and the on-calls who are breaking the law. As such, I do not recognise the authority of the so-called No Fault Suspension. I will be remaining in post as GPW Co-Chair and will continue to host meetings and events until the end of my term of office.

GPRC want to bring down Green Party Women
It has been clear for some time that GPRC are keen to close down Green Party Women. In April and June this year GPRC held two emergency meetings to try to have the GC members of GPRC expelled from the party. You can read more about that sorry saga here. It was only the heroic efforts of Martha James and others that prevented this from happening. Now Martha has stepped down as GPRC Co-Chair citing her reason that “GPRC is not working as it should”. Personally I think Martha massively understates the corrupt practices she and others have witnessed. Now she has stepped aside it is becoming clearer for all to see.

In the email I wrote to you last week I said I was taking legal advice, that is because we received yet another email from a large number of people who yet again claimed that we were transphobic for advocating for women’s rights to safety, fairness and dignity on the basis of our sex. They were calling for an EGM to get rid of us.

Organised attack in summary
In total now, there have been 8 complaints made against the GC members of GPW. 5 have come from Chesca Walton, all calling for us to be expelled from the party. GPRC have had at least 2 emergency meetings to try to suspend us, SOC have been asked to rule against us as unconstitutional, SOC facilitated a rogue report going out against us, allowed a defamatory attack against us to go unchecked at the AGM and then prevented us from speaking in our defence at the GPEW conference, all in an effort to publicly humiliate us. Members have been galvanised to engage in a transphobia smear campaign that seeks to shut us down. When we finally speak up about this, after months of what feels like being in a deeply abusive relationship, the party decides to try and silence us to stop YOU the membership from knowing what is going on.

This is, of course, also an attempt to silence the women from the Green Women’s Declaration who will be giving their presentation and Q&A to Green Party Women on Thursday evening – an event which I am scheduled to chair.

I am happy to report to you that I am YOUR Green Party Women Co-Chair. There is nothing that can be done to silence me and my fellow GC members.

The days of bullying and silencing women in this party are behind us. We stand strong and we stand together. We do not recognise the authority of this GPRC NFS and we will continue.

Warmly yours,

Zoe Hatch
Green Party Women Co-Chair.

P.S. There is every chance that this is the last email I will be able to send to you via Action Network. If you would like to be kept up to date with developments in the party PLEASE sign up to the Green Women’s Declaration mailing list linked here. You do not have to be a signatory to join the mailing list and your details will be kept confidential.