The History of Wandsworth Green Party

Green Party history

The Green Party of England and Wales is one of the oldest Green political parties in the world and has been campaigning for social and environmental justice for more than 30 years. We were founded in 1973 as 'People', became the 'Ecology Party' shortly afterwards and finally changed our name to the Green Party in 1985.

Wandsworth Green Party History

Battersea Ecology Party

We go back some 25 years or more when - as the then Battersea Ecology party - we held monthly meetings. Paul Ekins, now a leading Green economist with Forum for the Future, and Sally Wllington, a potter and activist on women's rights (sadly she died last year) were among that small group.

Through the Thatcherite and Blairite years, our membership  fluctuated. Though influence of green ideas has recently grown enormously, we were a relatively small group in the borough but are now growing strongly.

Until the late 90's we set up and operated as separate groups in Putney, Battersea and Tooting. We now operate as one. We put up candidates (and give support) for local Council, London-wide (GLA), general and European elections.

In Wandsworth, Conservatives have a large majority on the 60 seat Council (Cons.50/Lab.10), with an 'ideology' rooted in having the lowest Council Tax in the country. We set up the first paper recycling scheme in Wandsworth: a monthly collection from selected streets using a van belonging to a Dulwich green party member.

At the last Council elections, we put up a candidate in 19 of 20 wards in the borough. Trailing Conservative candidates, we came second in 3 wards - and the Green vote rose overall.

Our Members belong to various local amenity, community, environmental and peace groups - helping to establish a community-based presence at a particular 'level'.

Our core values

The Green Party's philosophical basis is stated in our constitution:

Life on Earth is under immense pressure. It is human activity, more than anything else, which is threatening the well-being of the environment on which we depend. Conventional politics has failed us because its values are fundamentally flawed.

The Green Party isn't just another political party. Green politics is a new and radical kind of politics guided by these core principles;

  1. Humankind depends on the diversity of the natural world for its existence. We do not believe that other species are expendable.
  2. The Earth's physical resources are finite. We threaten our future if we try to live beyond those means, so we must build a sustainable society that guarantees our long-term future.
  3. Every person, in this and future generations, should be entitled to basic material security as of right.
  4. Our actions should take account of the well-being of other nations, other species, and future generations. We should not pursue our well-being to the detriment of theirs.
  5. A healthy society is based on voluntary co-operation between empowered individuals in a democratic society, free from discrimination whether based on race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, religion, social origin or any other prejudice.
  6. We emphasise democratic participation and accountability by ensuring that decisions are taken at the closest practical level to those affected by them.
  7. We look for non-violent solutions to conflict situations, which take into account the interests of minorities and future generations in order to achieve lasting settlements.
  8. The success of a society cannot be measured by narrow economic indicators, but should take account of factors affecting the quality of life for all people: personal freedom, social equity, health, happiness and human fulfilment.
  9. Electoral politics is not the only way to achieve change in society, and we will use a variety of methods to help effect change, providing those methods do not conflict with our other core principles.The Green Party puts changes in both values and lifestyles at the heart of the radical green agenda.


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