Jake Griffiths speech to autumn conference 2011

10 September 2011

Hello Conference

I'd like to start by saying a number of thank yous for the help in the recent Welsh Assembly Election. Firstly, the National Green Party for the financial support they provided, as well as advice from media and election workers.

I'd also like to thank Caroline and Adrian, who both found time to visit Cardiff in support of the campaign, helping us generate significant media coverage, giving us more TV and newsprint appearances we've ever had.

And I don't want to forget the regional campaign team who worked tirelessly throughout the whole election period.

But most importantly I'd like to thank the thousands of people who put their faith in us, and gave us their votes in May's Assembly Election.

You put your faith in us when people were naturally feeling defensive, when it all too clear what damage was being done by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in London. Thousands more people than ever before, responded to our positive campaign, showing that there is a real alternative to the politics of public service cuts, environmental degradation and punishing the vulnerable for the mistakes of the super-rich.

Whilst we were not successful this time we were just 2% short of electing our first Assembly Member, at a time when we could have easily fallen backwards.

I'd also like to congratulate Chris Simpson, our Ceredigion candidate on saving his deposit and earning a record vote share for us in his constituency.
In some of our strongest wards, including my home ward of Canton in West Cardiff, we polled as high as 20% according to election night tallying.

This shows that where we've put the work in over the years, more and more people are coming to like the green message and are prepared to vote for it. And that's great news for the Local Elections next May, where we are fully focussed on electing more Councillors.

Since the Welsh Assembly election campaign started, the Wales membership has increased by over 60%. Some local parties are regularly seeing a 3 fold increase in turnout at their normal monthly meetings.

With local elections across Wales in May, we hope to make our increased support count and elect even more councillors. We have target wards in Cardiff, Newport, Monmouthshire, Swansea and Ceredigion, with real hopes of making gains. Again, thank you all, for your support over the last year or so and I look forward to inviting you back to Wales ahead of the assembly elections in 2015.

Thank you again for all your support.


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