In the aftermath of the General Election, it seemed the majority of the focus may have been on the Labour party, as whilst Theresa May did indeed retain her position as leader, the vast gains her rivals made seemed to showcase the potential of a future Labour Government. Yet, with Labour making advancements, they naturally attained seats at the expense of other parties, with the Greens amongst those who may have been superiorly supported in previous years. As such, the importance of their ongoing party conference may have become increasingly important, as with the event uniting a wide array of influencers, it may be an important opportunity for these leaders to exert their influence on the population, and showcase the reasoning as to why they may be worthy of votes.
With the party having outlined the main debating points prior to the commencement of the conference, they may have been striving to appeal to voters, and whilst this may have enhanced the potential success of the discussions, as more support may have been attained, it may have more poignantly enabled the party to underpin their dominant ideologies. With this agenda also involving multiple key predicaments, including Brexit, and its repercussions, alongside Grenfell, the party may also have showcased how one of their priorities may be to provide resolutions, and reduce the overall impact on those affected. As such, they may be able to appeal to the masses by focusing on areas which may be of importance, and in continuing to stay relevant, they may also prove their credibility as a party, continuously striving to improve on current affairs.
Whilst the conference may therefore be significant for the party, as it may be pivotal in shaping their ideologies, it may also be important to focus on the success they seem to have already had. With their co-leader, Caroline Lucas, retaining her Brighton Pavilion seat, and extending her tenure in the position she has held since 2010, it may suggest the party may already be in good stead, as in boasting a seat, they may be a credible and viable option for voters, who may recognise their achievements in Parliament. This may also prove the benefits of democracy, as all parties may be provided with equal opportunities to achieve success, and therefore, contrastingly to the American system, it may lead to a more representative vote. Whilst this may ensure people have their wills represented, it may also result in leaders such as Trump, who may divide opinion, remaining in other nations.
Other parties have also utilised similar conferences in order to enhance their quests for number ten, yet it may be the decision of the Greens to hold the event during this period which may impact them superiorly. With Theresa May seemingly in challenging circumstances, most notably due to both the Brexit negotiations and the multiple protests surrounding Conservative legislations, the Green party may be seeking to attain votes from the Tories and, if this may be the case, it may further prove their ability to adapt to situations in order to reap the benefits. This trait may be a prime contributor in potential future achievements, and this intuition may lead to further credibility, and therefore an ability to exert their influence both domestically and internationally.
Whilst other parties made gains in the election, the Greens seem to have amassed pockets of support in a wide range of areas, and whilst in bypassing geographical locations they may be uniting voters under their ideologies and therefore increasing their strength, it may also motivate the party to continue to improve in order to reattain votes. The conference itself may thus assist in reemphasising this improvement, and with opportunities for members to vocalise potential debating points, it seems an overarching goal of the Greens may be to achieve their voters’ needs. With their leaders already having their recent comments available to view, there may be an increase in both their relevance and credibility, and with this potentially occurring in tandem with an influx of support, the utilisation of the conference may be key in further influence.
How may the Green Party utilise current affairs in order to narrow the divide between themselves and the major parties?