‘Politics has been reduced to in or out’ - Young Green Party members come to Norwich for annual convention

Young Green Party convention at UEA. Photo: Young Green Party

Young Green Party convention at UEA. Photo: Young Green Party - Credit: Young Green Party

More than 90 members of the youth and student branch of the Green Party descended on Norwich over the weekend for their annual convention.

Green Party co-leader Sian Berry, Green MEPs Magid Magid and Ellie Chowns and anti-Brexit campaigner Femi Oluwole all spoke at the event, held at the University of East Anglia's students' union.

Co-chairman of the Young Greens, Rosie Rawle, said the group had seen a boost in popularity in recent months, in part she thought due to people becoming more interested in stopping climate change as they tired of hearing about Brexit.

She said: "At the moment there are a lot of young people getting involved in politics, and our movement is mostly made up of young people.

"We've got a lot of schools students pushing for education on climate change, and I think the school strikes and the amount of people doing direct action around the country, all of that is causing a massive Green surge and lots of young people engaging."


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Ms Rawle said climate change had become a "wider political reason" for people to come together. She said: "Politics had been reduced to in or out [of the European Union], and the frustration of it - especially for young people feeling their futures are being decided for them. Lots of our members wouldn't have been able to vote in the referendum, but this is something they can have a stake in."

Ms Rawle pointed to recent Young Green candidates elected to Norwich City Council Jamie Osborn and Nannette Youseff as proof of a growing strength in the movement.

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She added: "We were really happy to come here, there's an energy here now that we lost during Corbyn's rise with a lot of people moving towards Labour."

Talks on Saturday included sessions on workers right and fair pay, supporting the school strikes, and on local organising - plus a session with Ms Chowns MEP.

Sunday opened with Remain campaigner Mr Oluwole on how to stop Brexit, and later Mr Magid MEP took questions. Green Party co-leader Ms Berry closed the convention with how to build a Green society.

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