Natalie Bennett

Category: Green political democracy: from grassroots to government


Natalie Bennett (born 10 February 1966) is a British politician and journalist who led the Green Party of England and Wales from September 2012 to September 2016. Born and raised in Australia, with a first degree in agricultural science, she began her career as a journalist with regional newspapers in New South Wales before leaving in 1995 for Thailand, where she worked for Australian Volunteers International and the Bangkok Post newspaper.

Since settling in Britain in 1999 she has contributed to the Guardian, Independent and Times newspapers. Her election as leader of the Greens came six years after she joined the party in January 2006. She is now the prospective Green Parliamentary candidate for Sheffield Central. She lives in that Yorkshire city. She's passionate about the damage being done to young people by the education system, spends a lot of time highlighting the disastrous impact of privatisation on public services, and is seeking to get food security on the political agenda.


Other speakers in this session

Alejandro San Martín

Alejandro San Martín is engineer and Chilean politician, and board member of the Chilean Green Party Partido Ecologista Verde. He graduated as a Metallurgical Civil Engineer from the University of Concepción, and has a master’s degree in Environment from the University of Santiago.

Metiria Turei

Metiria has worked hard all her life to speak up for those who have struggled to be heard. Whether as a young mother, an advocate for the unemployed, or an MP, she has stood up, fought for what she believes in and brought about real change.

Tom Crone

Thomas Crone (born 1980) is a British Green Party politician and Leader of The Green Party Group on Liverpool City Council. He is an elected Councillor for St Michael's ward, winning his seat in 2014 with 60% of the vote.

Barbara Unmüßig

Barbara Unmüßig was born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, in 1956 and studied political sciences at Freie Universität Berlin.

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30 March - 2 April 2017

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