Bristol Green Party has hit 500 members for the first time in its history. The Party celebrated last night at Café Kino on the Gloucester Road with cake and a toast to its new members.
Like the Green Party across the country it has seen a huge surge in membership since the elections in May
Denzil Foakes, Membership Officer for Bristol Green Party, said,
"I have never seen anything like it. New members are joining every week and wanting to get involved with the Green Party. It is very exciting."
Dani Glazzard, herself a relatively new member and now a candidate for Cotham ward, said
"With the General Election and Local Elections happening next year, it is a great opportunity for the Green Party to put out its message of hope and a different kind of politics – fairer and more caring, valuing both people and the environment.
A large proportion of the new members are under 30. We are the only party which seems to be seriously attracting young people. This gives us tremendous hope for the future.”"
In the elections in May the Greens came first in Bristol West, and won a seat in European Parliament for Molly Scott Cato, MEP.
Nationally, Young Greens have seen their membership double this year.
The Green Party in England and Wales says it has passed 20,000 members for the first time.
Its sister party in Scotland grew from just under 2,000 members before the independence referendum to over 6,000 by the start of October.