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Parliament and Politics: Political winter descends on former success story: The Green Party is now an influence rather than an electoral force, reports David Nicholson-Lord

TO THE lay observer, the Green Party's treatment of Sara Parkin and David Icke at its conference in Wolverhampton must have been baffling.

Letter: The future of environmental policies as the Green Party falters

Sir: So, vale, Green Party. Sara Parkin and Jonathon Porritt have dealt the death blow to anything that remained of its public credibility and the media are writing the official obituary, but the truth is that it began to die in 1989, at the moment of its greatest - and only - triumph.

Parkin resigns from the Greens

SARA Parkin resigned as leader of the Green Party yesterday in the face of moves to unseat her and expel her from membership. Four of the remaining 11 executive committee members joined her, bringing to seven the number who have stepped down in the party's present leadership controversy.

After the party, the talk goes on: David Nicholson-Lord witnesses a conference of the political 'living dead'

WITH THE obituaries written and published, it seemed indecorous of the Green Party to be assembling in Wolverhampton yesterday. But there they were, debating wave barrages and tree harvesting almost as though Sara Parkin had never happened.

Doors slam shut on clerk's career

IN A TOWN where members of the Green Party hold sway, Sandra Ashenford, clerk to Stroud parish council, has paid a heavy price for her part in trying to stop vandals despoiling a chapel of rest in the town's cemetery.

Leading Article: To the compost heap of history

ONLY a quarter of the 400 delegates expected at the Green Party's annual conference in Wolverhampton this week have so far appeared there. The absent majority has shown a surprising degree of sound political judgement. A little more than three years ago the party won 15 per cent of the votes, though no seats, in the elections to the European Parliament. An opinion poll soon afterwards suggested that half the electorate would seriously consider voting for the Greens. Heady stuff for a party that got 1.4 per cent of the vote in the 1987 election, and wildly misleading. This year, the Greens' share of the vote returned to 1.3 per cent. What has gone wrong? Should anyone care?

Out of wetsuits, into pin-stripes: Sara Parkin is the latest green campaigner to break with fundamentalism and address real economic, scientific and social complexities, says Richard North

Sara Parkin has backed into the limelight by withdrawing from the ballot for the leadership of the Green Party. The manner of her going - a robust letter and media interviews - may have been designed to shock the party into a realisation of its growing irrelevance to British politics. It would be unlike Ms Parkin to have to have acted out of spite or to damage the party, and she insists that green politics remains important to her.

Lib Dems make pitch for Green dissidents

SIMON HUGHES, the Liberal Democrats' environment spokesman, yesterday issued an open letter urging 'disaffected' Greens to join his party after the decision by Sara Parkin, chair of the Green Party, to stand down.

Parkin quits Green Party leadership: Resignation letter condemns 'endless redundant skirmishes' between die-hard faction and reformers

SARA PARKIN, a leading member of the Green Party and widely regarded as one of its greatest electoral assets, has announced that she will not stand again for the post of chair of the party's executive because she is fed-up with infighting.
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