Former Green Party Councillor, Alison Teal, thinks that the Green Party has discriminated against her on the basis of her belief that as a protected characteristic, our sex has material and policy consequences that are valid and important to maintain. She received a complaint against her on 20th October 2022, from a member who asked for her expulsion from the Green Party less than a month after she had been democratically chosen by 56% of the Sheffield Green Party membership who voted for her to be the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Sheffield Central. As a result of the complaint, Alison received notice that she had been placed on a No-Fault Suspension on the 25th October 2022.
The NFS prevented Alison from participating in campaigning or attending Party meetings and she was removed from the Party mailing list.
Alison has been making an effort to resolve the complaint and remove the NFS with the aid of a lawyer.
Despite Alison’s lawyer submitting a detailed response to the Party regarding her NFS and complaint in March 2023, Alison is yet to receive a reply from the Disciplinary Committee to her lawyer’s letters or an invitation to a hearing.
Alison has shown a significant commitment to the Green Party and environmental campaigning most notably for the role she played in the Sheffield Street Tree dispute over several years. She received the Green Party’s Most Impressive Councillor Achievement Award in 2017. The number of Green Party Councillors on Sheffield City Council rose from four to fourteen during her tenure. She represented the Green Party for six years as a councillor and served as a cabinet member of Sheffield City Council in her final year. Alison also stood to be a member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire & Humber in May 2019 and was the Sheffield Central Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the General Election in December 2019.
For several years Alison has been subjected to attacks on social media for her gender-critical stance by fellow Green Party members and has had several complaints made against her for holding gender-critical views, however, it was not until she stepped down as a councillor that the complaints resulted in serious action.