Amelia Womack

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Amelia Womack
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Womack in December 2014
Deputy Leader of the Green Party of
England and Wales
Assumed office
1 September 2014
Serving with Shahrar Ali (2014–2016)
Leader Natalie Bennett (2014–2016)
Caroline Lucas (2016–)
Jonathan Bartley (2016–)
Preceded by Will Duckworth
Shahrar Ali (co-deputy, 2014–2016)
Personal details
Born (1985-01-12) 12 January 1985 (age 32)
Newport, Wales
Political party Green Party of England and Wales
Alma mater Imperial College London
University of Liverpool

Amelia Helen Womack (born 12 January 1985) is a British politician. Amelia has been a Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales since September 2014 (alongside Shahrar Ali for the period 2014-16). She grew up in Newport in South Wales,[1] before moving to London.

She was re-elected Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales in September 2016 for a second two-year term, a result announced at the party's Autumn Conference in Birmingham.[2]

Education[edit]

Womack attended Bassaleg School from 1996 to 2003.[3] Following a BSc in Environmental Biology,[3] at Liverpool University.[4] Womack completed an MSc in environmental technology at Imperial College London in 2009, with a thesis entitled 'Who's afraid of environmental law? How the law of Ecocide can secure our environment for business resilience'.[5]

Political career[edit]

Womack joined The Green Party around 2000.[6] She stood as a Green candidate for Herne Hill ward on Lambeth Council, in the United Kingdom local elections, 2010,[7] and for London in the 2014 European Parliament election, though she won neither seat.[8]

She was elected deputy leader of The Green Party in September 2014, delivering her first speech in the role at the party's conference on 6 September.[9] Having been elected at the age of 29, Womack is the youngest deputy leader of any political party in the UK.[10]

She stood in the Camberwell and Peckham constituency in the 2015 United Kingdom general election,[11] finishing third with just over 10% of the vote.

In September 2015, Womack announced her intention to stand for the Wales Green Party in the 2016 National Assembly for Wales election. An ITV article titled "Green deputy leader wants to switch to Welsh politics" wrote of Newport-born Womack.[12] The Welsh Green Party announced in late October that she had been selected as the lead candidate for the regional South Wales Central (proportional representation) list as well as for the Cardiff Central constituency.[13]

Womack's re-election as Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales was announced at the party conference in early September 2016. She will serve for a second two-year term.[14]

Through her work as an End Ecocide Campaigner, she has worked with Vivienne Westwood to promote the change in environmental law and attempt to secure the one million votes required for a European Citizens' Initiative.[15]

In August 2016, she criticised Byron Hamburgers after they worked with the Home Office to call their London workers to a fake Health and Safety briefing, whereat immigration officials present at the venue arrested several employees, deporting 35 for immigration offences. Womack was quoted as saying "It’s about the family and friends of people who are left behind as well. You don’t need to be pro-migration to realise that employing people, having them pay tax and contribute to the company for years and then turn them over to authorities without any responsibility for the chaos caused is the wrong thing to do".[16]

In March 2017, Womack reported the Daily Mail newspaper to the Independent Press Standards Organisation over a front page photo of Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon with the caption "Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it". In her submission she said: "This headline and the further derogatory comments inside the paper would not have even been considered, let alone published, if the two politicians in question had been men".[17]

In June 2017, she was critical of a potential coalition between the Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party, following the 2017 general election. Womack branded the potential tie-up as a “coalition of cruelty”. She said: “We may have seen a record number of women gain seats in the Parliament this week, but the 10 MPs of the anti-abortion, anti-equal marriage DUP look set to have a disproportionate influence which should concern us all. The DUP’s obstruction to legal abortion in Northern Ireland has left many women in dire circumstances, forced to travel to England where they are not entitled to NHS-funded terminations or face prosecution for seeking help at home. It is deeply concerning that a party responsible for so much pain could be in a position to exert so much influence. Women’s rights are under threat and we must work together to stop a lurch to the right under a Tory-DUP alliance”.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Deputy Leader: Amelia Womack". Green Party. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley Elected Green Party Leaders In Job-share". HuffPost. 2 September 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Amelia Helen Womack". LinkedIn. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "Deputy Leader of the Green Party to visit Liverpool on Easter Monday". Liverpool Green Party. 3 April 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Imperial College London Library – find books, articles and more". exlibrisgroup.com. 
  6. ^ "About". Amelia Womack – Green Party. Archived from the original on 19 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Election results for Herne Hill". lambeth.gov.uk. 
  8. ^ "Vote 2006: European election candidates for London". BBC News. 
  9. ^ "Amelia Womack's maiden speech as Green Party Deputy Leader (Full Text)". Green Party. 7 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "Amelia Womack". HuffPost. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  11. ^ "UK Polling Report". ukpollingreport.co.uk. 
  12. ^ Powell, Nick (3 September 2015). "Green deputy leader wants to switch to Welsh politics". ITV News. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "Record Number of Female Candidates Top Green Party Regional Lists for the Assembly Elections". Wales Green Party. 26 October 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  14. ^ "Green Party announces Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley as co-leaders". ITV News. 2 September 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  15. ^ Vivienne Westwood wants you to End Ecocide. YouTube. 16 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Byron protest: 'chef deported without being able to see his pregnant wife'". London Evening Standard. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  17. ^ "Daily Mail formally reported to press regulator over 'Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon's legs' front page". The Independent. 28 March 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  18. ^ "Tory chief whip holding talks with DUP in NI". ITV News. 10 June 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Will Duckworth
Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales
2014–present
With: Shahrar Ali (2014 – 2016)
Incumbent

External links[edit]

  • Profile page on the Green Party of England and Wales official website