Article in the Guardian today on the leadership issue
From the Guardian Unlimited, 5 Nov. 07:
'A poll released today by the Yes campaign shows that five out of six voters believe the Green party should replace its "male and female principal speakers" with a leader.
The party's fortunes are on the rise, with a higher tally of seats following this spring's local elections, and many within the party believe it is being held back because it lacks an identifiable face.The YouGov poll of more than 2,000 adults shows that, of the two-thirds of respondents expressing an opinion, 84% believed the party should have a single leader and 16% disagreed. The Yes campaign argues that shows the change would improve its electoral fortunes.
Caroline Lucas, Green MEP, said: "It's about how we communicate more effectively with the public; our current structures are confusing. People relate to other people and I think it would be easier to get our ideas across if we had a figure the public was more familiar with and felt more able to recognise and trust.
"Our message is so urgent now that changing our structures seems a fairly small thing to do. It feels that there are a lot of opportunities out there.
"Parties dress themselves in green clothes and it's more important than ever to show we're there and say people may be speaking green but are not acting green. We need to be much more part of that debate to point out the inconsistencies and hypocrisies of other parties."
Caroline Lucas: 'it would be easier to get our ideas across if we had a figure the public was more familiar with.'
Ballot papers have been sent to about 7,000 Green members and must be returned by the end of the month.