Leeds Green Party is run by a committed group of volunteers and has about 1,000 members across the city. There are currently three Green councillors on Leeds City Council. Find out more about our councillors, candidates and volunteer officers below, or see how you can get involved here.
Ed, 39, is originally from Sheffield, grew up in different corners of the UK, came to Leeds in the 1990s, and fell in love with the city on Day 1. He’s lived, worked and volunteered around south and central Leeds for 15+ years, co-leading or supporting dozens of local projects, charities, and events. They include: Holbeck Viaduct, Beeston Festival, Leeds Repair Café, schools and youth work, community camps, and hiking and sports programmes. He’s stood in the elections for this area since 2015. He’s married to Tania, with a cracking young daughter Emily.
Eunice, 41, is originally from Portugal, but nowadays lives in Beeston Hill with her husband and two children. She’s previously studied law, worked for a bank, and now works part-time in a local warehouse. She’s volunteered at various charities including St Luke’s Cares, as well as local events, community clear-ups, and more – and she and her family participate in a wide range of community programmes, like those at the Asha Neighbourhood Project. She’s especially passionate about litter and recycling in our neighbourhoods. She considers herself a can-do person, and an optimist!
Alaric, 39, has lived in Beeston Hill and Leeds Dock for the past 10+ years with his partner. He works at Leeds University, is a trade union representative there – and recently helped lead the UCU strike. He co-runs two local residents associations, and is actively campaigning on a range of key neighbourhood issues. He’s also a governor and volunteer at the local Park View primary school, has organised and volunteered at a load of community events and projects, and is a keen cyclist and allotment-holder.
Owen has lived in Beeston for the last four years, where he has been active in local Green Party campaigning. Before that, he was a key campaigner in Otley and Yeadon Green Party. Owen has been interested in environmental issues all his life, campaigning as a member of People & Planet, completing a degree in Environment, Economics & Ecology, and working for the common good in and around South Leeds.
Ellen has spent a total of 14 years living in Leeds and now enjoys living in Farsley. For the last few years Ellen has worked for charities supporting older people and is also passionate about the environment, women’s issues and LGBTIQA+ rights.
Justine lives near Potternewton Park and says:
"I was first attracted to the Ward by the range of independent businesses we have in the area and the fact that it has its own identity rather than just being a faceless suburb. Being a lover of good food and drink, I was particularly impressed by the wide range of cafes, coffee shops and restaurants (I'm often to be found in Opposite or Wayward Wines). I also love having the parks and Gledhow Woods on the doorstep - it's great to be so near the city yet have such an array of green spaces just a walking distance away. The thing that has really impressed me though as I've got to know the area better during the 3 years I've lived here, is the sense of community spirit and the many active community groups that exist.
I became a member of the Green Party because of their willingness to stand up for their values and beliefs and their commitment to a fairer, more compassionate and caring society. I believe there are lots of issues on a local level where Green values and principles can make a difference - things like pushing for a clean air strategy that will really work, ensuring all children receive a good education, supporting local children's centres and preventative services."
Bobak lives in Chapeltown and has enjoyed living in the ward since the millennium. He's an avid user of all the ward’s parks and green spaces and can be seen running or dog-walking on a daily basis.
He's enthusiastic about the area’s diverse local businesses, especially the fantastic eateries and also the incredible cultural events, including Chapel Allerton Festival and, of course, Carnival.
Impressed by the ‘roots-up’, very local approach of the Greens Bobak is standing as an alternative voice who is passionate and hopeful about improving the great community which he's part of.
Bobak is part of group of volunteers working on setting up a Parkrun for Potternewton Park, a free event open to everyone which he hopes will add to the health and well-being of the community. Expect to see him in the park most Saturday mornings.
Mark has lived in Guiseley for 15 years with his wife and three children who go to the local schools.
He is a supporter of local groups like Litter Free Guiseley, who work every weekend to keep our streets tidy.
Caroline has worked in the NHS for 10 years and enjoys living in Horsforth with her partner and toddler.
Caroline is the creator of Refill Horsforth, working with local businesses to provide water refilling stations across the town.
I have lived in Morley for 9 years, during which time I have found it to be a proud community that revels in having a unique identity.
I work in Pharmacy for the NHS and have done so in a variety of roles for the past 15 years; naturally this makes health one of my main political passions.
I first campaigned for the Green party prior to the 2015 General Election and joined immediately after. My interest in politics dates back to my early teens and my earliest political activism was as part of the huge anti Iraq war efforts that saw over 1 million people march in protest in London.
Locally in Morley I will look to work on 3 key priorities:
Most of all I will if elected seek to act as a powerful advocate for the concerns of the citizens of Morley South both inside and outgside the council chambers.
Almost everywhere in Leeds you will have the opportunity to vote for a Green candidate. Elsewhere in Leeds, other local Green parties are putting forward candidates.
"To me being a councillor is not just about attending meetings, but about doing things in the community. Over the years the Green Party team and I have worked hard tramping the streets leafleting and door knocking in all weathers. We have made it an act of faith to keep you informed what is going on. You can be assured that as long as I am physically able I will be out at the front doing the same and trying my best for people of our communities."
Ann Blackburn is married to David Blackburn. Ann has a grown up son and step-daughter. Originally from Armley, she has lived in Farnley for 30 years and worked in the area before moving there. Ann was elected to Leeds City Council in 2002 and has represented the Farnley & Wortley area since that time. She was Leader of the Council’s Green Party Group from 2009 to May 2013.
David Blackburn is married to Ann Blackburn. David has a grown up son and daughter. He has lived in west Leeds all his life and has lived in the Farnley & Wortley ward for nearly 30 years.
David was elected to Leeds City Council in 1998 to represent Wortley Ward, becoming the first ever Green Party Councillor in Leeds and has represented the Farnley & Wortley area since that time. He was Leader of the Council’s Green Party Group for 11 years. David is Chair of the Outer West Area Committee, Chair of Green Leeds, and Chair of the Roseville Enterprises Advisory Board. He has been the Green prospective parliamentary candidate for Leeds West constituency several times. In May 2013 he once again became Leader of the Green Group on Leeds City Council.
Mark became coordinator of Leeds Green Party in 2018.
"I am 45 years old, married, with 3 children. I moved to Leeds in 1991 as a student and loved it so much I have never wanted to leave. I have always had an interest in politics, however, my frustration at recent political upheaval motivated me to strive to make a positive change. I am a strong believer in renewable energy and the Green Economy, which brings prosperity, health and a better standard of living to all. With its strong environmental message and a belief in social justice, the Green Party was the natural choice for me."
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