Clare Bailey to step down as Deputy Leader of the Green Party

South Belfast MLA, Clare Bailey is to step down as Deputy Leader of the Green Party.

Clare has been deputy leader since November 2014 and will remain an MLA within the party.

Speaking about her decision she said;

“I have been given and gained so much as Green Party deputy leader across the past three years.

“The time is right for me to step aside and allow another person to develop the role of deputy leader.

“It’s also right that another person gets the opportunity to develop themselves through the role.

“I am a busy South Belfast MLA and will put all of my efforts and energy into doing my very best for the people of the area.

“I remain totally committed to the party and I look forward to the announcement of a new deputy leader at the end of September.”

A new deputy leader will elected at the party conference later this month in Belfast.

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  • Nevin
  • T.E.Lawrence

    Good Luck and keep up the good work in South Belfast.

  • Dónall

    Great politician. Ádh mór ort 🙂

  • Brendan Heading

    It’s normal for party politics internally to involve a few casualties, and it happens in all parties, but I’ve never known a situation where a deputy leader has resigned out of the blue like this.

  • Skibo

    This is a strange decision. The fact of being deputy leader is bound to have helped her level of recognition for election. Strange, I hope there is nothing more in it as she is an able politician and would be loss to politics in South Belfast.

  • epg_ie

    Chronological surely? It would be too odd to prioritise aunt over mother… or deputy leader Greens over MLA.

  • Nevin

    You could be right!

  • Slater

    Trouble at Botanic mill.

  • Gaygael

    Does it make sense now?

  • Brendan Heading

    we’ve not reached the end of the saga yet.

  • Gaygael

    What?
    We have a new Deputy. Clare in her departing address was very Clare, as she was in her victory speech in AE16, we plan to return a strong team of Cllrs across the city.

  • Brendan Heading

    You asked me if “it” (the sudden resignation of a party’s deputy leader) “made sense now”. It still doesn’t.

    (adds) I suspect we’ve more to hear about what’s behind Claire’s resignation. Suffice to say, the Tony + Gordon style presentation from the last weekend didn’t persuade me.

  • Gaygael

    It wasn’t sudden. We are a small party with limited opportunities for exposure. Clare was unelected when she became Deputy. And with a massive and well co-ordinated ground campaign, we won an Assembly seat (despite much nay saying) in an area where we didn’t even have a councillor. Now to focus on electing a strong team of Cllrs across the city, particularly in South Belfast.
    The rumour mill might be in overdrive but the truth may be disappointing.