Leeds Green Party is run by a committed group of volunteers and has about 1,000 members across the city. We currently have three councillors on Leeds City Council. Find out more about our councillors, candidates and volunteer officers below, or see how you can get involved here.
"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.
Joe Salmon is a Headingley resident in his 30s who has lived and worked in Leeds since 2011. He believes the Green Party has the vision and practical ideas to make Leeds a fairer city and a fantastic place to live for everyone. Joe has recently been involved in campaigns to protect Headingley’s green spaces, stand up against Islamophobia, and achieve better cycling and public transport.
"I love Leeds, and want to make sure my neighbourhood, and the city as a whole, continues to be a superb place to live. I'm passionate about the wonderful things we've already achieved together as a community, and believe we can accomplish more with a councillor who lives in our ward and truly cares about it. That’s why I’ve been proud to stand in local elections for Leeds Green Party, and hope to sit on the Council in the future."
For more info, visit the Headingley Green Party website.
Ed lives in Beeston Hill, in the City and Hunslet ward in south central Leeds. Since 2003, he’s co-run Leeds charity Together for Peace and he’s been involved in leading a range of community initiatives including: the Holbeck ‘Highline’ viaduct campaign, Beeston Festival, Cross Flatts parkrun, South Leeds Life community news blog and newspaper, and other youth work and grassroots projects. He first stood in the local election in May 2015, and came second in the City and Hunslet ward with 2,700 votes. Elections aside, Ed is very much out and about in the community, supporting local people and their projects, advising and volunteering.
For more info, visit edleeds.org.
Chris Foren is a retired lawyer. He has been active in the Green Party for over eight years and is a member of several environmental organisations. Since 2013 he has been Chair of the A660 Joint Council - a grassroots campaign to oppose plans for a trolleybus through Hyde Park and Headingley.
Keith originally moved to Chapel Allerton in 1979, later moved to Harehills, then moved out of Leeds for a while, and returned to Chapel Allerton in 2014 when he retired. Both his children attended Chapeltown Nursery and Chapel Allerton Primary School, and he was chair of the Nursery’s committee. He has worked with many community projects on housing issues, has run a shop and furniture business. Keith has long campaigned against exploitation of people and the environment. His furniture business campaigned against use of tropical hardwoods to protect rainforests and when he ran a shop in Whitby he campaigned for a plastic bag free town and peace movements. Keith likes walking his dog, enjoying local pubs, and supporting the area’s small shops.
See the full list at the bottom of this page for all our candidates across Leeds.
Rich lives in the city centre and joined the party in 2014. His paid work is as a freelance software developer.
"I joined the Green Party after becoming sick of all the other parties using economic indicators as a measure of success. This country is not successful if it grows economically but many of its people are starving or don't have access to the services they need. This country is not successful if it only cares about people who are able to work, and it is not successful if the white Christian Britain of the age of Empire is the only belief system and culture supported by the government."
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