Amelia Womack

Amelia Womack
Womack in May 2017
Deputy Leader of the Green Party of
England and Wales
In office
1 September 2014 – 7 September 2022
Serving with Shahrar Ali (2014–2016)
LeaderNatalie Bennett
Caroline Lucas
Jonathan Bartley
Siân Berry
Adrian Ramsay
Carla Denyer
Preceded byWill Duckworth
Succeeded byZack Polanski
Personal details
Born (1985-01-12) 12 January 1985 (age 39)
Newport, Wales, United Kingdom
Political partyGreen Party of England and Wales
Alma materUniversity of Liverpool (BSc)
Imperial College London (MSc)

Amelia Helen Womack (born 12 January 1985) is a British Green Party of England and Wales politician. She served as the party's Deputy Leader from 2014 to 2022. She is a co-chair of the People's Assembly Against Austerity and co-founded Another Europe Is Possible.

She served as Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales alongside Shahrar Ali from 2014 to 2016. She was re-elected in September 2016, once again in September 2018 and then again in September 2020. Womack stood as her party's lead candidate in the South Wales East region in the 2021 Senedd election; she was not elected. Womack also stood on a joint ticket with Tamsin Omond in the 2021 Green Party leadership election, in which they finished in second place of five candidates vying for the party's leadership.

Education

Womack was born in Newport in Monmouthshire, Wales. She attended Bassaleg School, a state comprehensive school in the suburb of Bassaleg, from 1996 to 2003. She studied a BSc in Environmental Biology at Liverpool University, and went on to complete an MSc in environmental technology at Imperial College London in 2009, with a thesis entitled Who's afraid of environmental law? How the law of Ecocide can secure our environment for business resilience.

Political career

Womack joined the Green Party around 2000. She stood as a Green candidate for Herne Hill ward on Lambeth Council, in the 2014 United Kingdom local elections, and for London in the 2014 European Parliament election, though she won neither seat.

She was elected deputy leader of the Green Party in September 2014, delivering her first speech in the role at the party's conference on 6 September. Having been elected at the age of 29, Womack is the youngest deputy leader of any political party in the UK.

She stood in the Camberwell and Peckham constituency in the 2015 general election, finishing third with just over 10% of the vote.

In September 2015, Womack announced her intention to stand for the Wales Green Party in the 2016 National Assembly for Wales election. The Welsh Green Party announced in late October that she had been selected as the lead candidate for the regional South Wales Central (proportional representation) list as well as for the Cardiff Central constituency.

Womack's re-election as Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales was announced at the party conference in early September 2016. She served a second two-year term.

Through her work as an End Ecocide Campaigner, she has worked with Vivienne Westwood to promote the change in environmental law and attempt to secure the one million votes required for a European Citizens' Initiative.

In August 2016, she criticised Byron Hamburgers after they worked with the Home Office to call their London workers to a fake Health and Safety briefing, whereat immigration officials present at the venue arrested several employees, deporting 35 for immigration offences. Womack was quoted as saying "It’s about the family and friends of people who are left behind as well. You don’t need to be pro-migration to realise that employing people, having them pay tax and contribute to the company for years and then turn them over to authorities without any responsibility for the chaos caused is the wrong thing to do".

In March 2017, Womack reported the Daily Mail newspaper to the Independent Press Standards Organisation over a front page photo of Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon with the caption "Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it". In her submission she said: "This headline and the further derogatory comments inside the paper would not have even been considered, let alone published, if the two politicians in question had been men".

Womack was again re-elected Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales in September 2018. She is currently serving a two-year term.

In January 2019 she apologised for tweeting a picture accused of being antisemitic.

Amelia Womack in February 2019

In February 2019, it was announced that Womack would be the Wales Green Party candidate in the 2019 Newport West by-election, a position she had nominally been selected for in November 2018. The by-election was held on 4 April 2019 and Womack finished in sixth place in a field of 11 candidates, with 924 votes (3.9% of the total votes cast).

In August 2019, Womack was again nominated by the Wales Green Party as the candidate for Newport West in a prospective snap general election. Womack stood in the 2019 general election. She again came in sixth place, but this time out of a field of six candidates. She achieved a smaller share of the vote compared to the by-election, receiving 2.1% of the total votes cast.

In June 2020, Womack announced her intention to stand again as deputy leader. On 9 September 2020, it was announced that she had been re-elected by party members for a fourth term.

Womack stood as her party's lead candidate in the South Wales East region in the 2021 Senedd election.

In August 2021, Womack announced her candidacy on a joint ticket with Tamsin Omond for the 2021 Green Party of England and Wales leadership election. Their joint leadership ticket lost the leadership election to the joint ticket of Adrian Ramsay and Carla Denyer, coming in second place out of five candidates.

In March 2022, Womack announced that she would not be standing in the 2022 Green Party of England and Wales deputy leadership election.

Electoral history

2021 Senedd election

2021 Senedd election: South Wales East
List Candidates Votes % ±
Labour Helen Cunningham, Peter Jones, Mary Brocklesby, Majid Rahman 85,988 41.4 Increase3.1
Conservative Laura Anne Jones, Natasha Asghar, Matthew Evans, Nick Evans, Gavin Chambers, Edward Dawson, Donna Gavin, Gareth Hughes 52,323 25.2 Increase8.0
Plaid Cymru Delyth Jewell, Peredur Owen Griffiths, Lindsay Whittle, Rhys Mills, Jonathan lark, Ian Gwynne, Daniel Llewelyn 30,530 14.7 Decrease0.6
Abolish Mark Reckless, Richard Taylor, Stephen Jones, Michael Ford, Robert Steed, Hugh Hughes 9,995 4.8 Increase0.7
Green Amelia Womack, Ian Chandler, Lauren James, Stephen Priestnall 9,950 4.8 Increase2.3
Liberal Democrats Jo Watkins, Veronica German, Oliver Townsend, Jeremy Becker 7,045 3.4 Decrease0.1
UKIP Neil Hamilton, Benjamin Walker, Thomas Harrison, Robert James 4,101 2.0 Decrease15.8
Reform UK James Wells, Kirsty Walmsley, David Rowlands, Colin Jones, Robert Beavis 2,756 1.3 Increase1.3
Gwlad Calen Jones, Laurence Williams, Ryan Williams, Terry Beverton 1,841 0.9 Increase0.9
No More Lockdowns Gruff Meredith, Mattie Ginsburg 1,496 0.7 Increase0.7
Propel Kieran Gething, Anthony Nash, Celia Jones, Kristopher Ashley 924 0.4 Increase0.4
Communist Robert Griffiths, Bob Davenport, Glenn Eynon, Irene Green 606 0.3 Steady0.0
TUSC Mariam Kamish, Cammilla Mngaza, Melanie Benedict, Dave Reid 362 0.2 Decrease0.1

2019 general election

2019 general election: Newport West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ruth Jones 18,977 43.7 −8.6
Conservative Matthew Evans 18,075 41.6 +2.3
Liberal Democrats Ryan Jones 2,565 5.9 +3.7
Brexit Party Cameron Edwards 1,727 4.0 N/A
Plaid Cymru Jonathan Clark 1,187 2.7 +0.3
Green Amelia Womack 902 2.1 +0.9
Majority 902 2.1 −10.9
Turnout 43,433 65.2 −2.3
Registered electors 66,657
Labour hold Swing −5.5

2019 by-election

2019 Newport West by-election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ruth Jones 9,308 39.6 −12.7
Conservative Matthew Evans 7,357 31.3 −8.0
UKIP Neil Hamilton 2,023 8.6 +6.1
Plaid Cymru Jonathan Clarke 1,185 5.0 +2.5
Liberal Democrats Ryan Jones 1,088 4.6 +2.4
Green Amelia Womack 924 3.9 +2.8
Renew June Davies 879 3.7 N/A
Abolish Richard Suchorzewski 205 0.9 N/A
SDP Ian McLean 202 0.9 N/A
Democrats and Veterans Philip Taylor 185 0.8 N/A
For Britain Hugh Nicklin 159 0.7 N/A
Majority 1,951 8.3 -4.7
Turnout 23,515 37.1 -30.5
Registered electors 63,623
Labour hold Swing –2.4

2016 Welsh Assembly election

2016 Welsh Assembly Election: Cardiff Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jenny Rathbone 10,016 38.4 +0.5
Liberal Democrats Eluned Parrott 9,199 35.3 −2.4
Conservative Joel Williams 2,317 8.9 −6.2
Plaid Cymru Glyn Wise 1,951 7.5 +0.3
UKIP Mohammed Islam 1,223 4.7 +4.7
Green Amelia Womack 1,150 4.4 +4.4
Independent Jane Croad 212 0.8 +0.8
Majority 817 3.1 +2.9
Turnout 26,068 45.6 +7.6
Labour hold Swing +1.7

2015 general election

2015 general election: Camberwell and Peckham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harriet Harman 32,614 63.3 +4.1
Conservative Naomi Newstead 6,790 13.2 +0.1
Green Amelia Womack 5,187 10.1 +7.1
Liberal Democrats Yahaya Kiyingi 2,580 5.0 −17.4
UKIP David Kurten 2,413 4.7 N/A
All People's Party Prem Goyal 829 1.6 N/A
NHA Rebecca Fox 466 0.9 N/A
TUSC Nick Wrack 292 0.6 N/A
CISTA Alex Robertson 197 0.4 N/A
Workers Revolutionary Joshua Ogunleye 107 0.2 −0.3
Whig Felicity Anscomb 86 0.2 N/A
Majority 25,824 50.1 +11.3
Turnout 51,561 62.3 +3.0
Registered electors 82,746
Labour hold Swing +2.0

2014 European elections

2014 European election: London
List Candidates Votes % ±
Labour Claude Moraes, Mary Honeyball, Lucy Anderson, Seb Dance,
Ivana Bartoletti, Kamaljeet Jandu, Sanchia Alasia, Andrea Biondi
806,959
(201,739.75)
36.67 +15.4
Conservative Syed Kamall, Charles Tannock,
Marina Yannakoudakis, Caroline Attfield, Lynne Hack, Sheila Lawlor, Glyn Chambers, Annesley Abercorn
495,639
(247,819.5)
22.52 −4.8
UKIP Gerard Batten,
Paul Oakley, Elizabeth Jones, Lawrence Webb, Alastair McFarlane, Andrew McNeilis, Anthony Brown, Peter Whittle
371,133 16.87 +6.1
Green Jean Lambert,
Caroline Allen, Haroon Saad, Shahrar Ali, Danny Bates, Tracey Hague, Violeta Vajda, Amelia Womack
196,419 8.93 −2.0
Liberal Democrats Sarah Ludford, Jonathan Fryer, Richard Davis, Anuja Prashar, Rosina Robson, Turhan Ozen, Simon James, Matt McLaren 148,013 6.73 −7.0
4 Freedoms Party Dirk Hazell, NoelleAnne O'Sullivan, Geoff Gibas, Aline Doussin, Andrew Bell, Deborah Phillips, Royston Flude, Brendan Donnelly 28,014 1.27 N/A
An Independence from Europe Patrick Burns, Marlene Daniel, Gareth Griffiths, Munpreet Bhathal, Sharon Greenfield, Eddie Yeoman, Fred Atkins, Jean Atkins 26,675 1.21 N/A
CPA Sid Cordle, Yemi Awolola, Ashley Dickenson, Sharmilla Swarma, Laurence Williams, Ethel Odiete, Kevin Nicholls, Steven Hammond 23,702 1.08 −1.9
NHA Louise Irvine, Chidi Ejimofo, Marcus Chown, Kathryn Anderson, Rufus Hound, Jessica Ormerod, Andrew Sharp, Alex Ashman 23,253 1.06 N/A
Animal Welfare Vanessa Hudson, Alexander Bourke, Kirsteen Williamson-Guinn, Andrew Knight, Dimple Patel, Meg Mathews, Guy Dessoy, Ranjan Joshi 21,092 0.96 N/A
BNP Stephen Squire, Donna Treanor, Paul Sturdy, John Clarke, David Furness, Cliff le May, Ray Underwood, Kevin Lazell 19,246 0.87 −4.1
Europeans Party Tommy Tomescu, Andrzej Rygielski, Vanessa Del Carmen Guerrero Rodriguez, Robin Ashenden, Emil Rusanov, Georgios Papagrigorakis 10,712 0.5 N/A
English Democrat Jenny Knight, Matthew Roberts, Maggi Young, Graham Clipperton, Gary Butler, Nick Capp, Louise Dutton, Natalie Smith 10,142 0.5 −0.9
Communities United Kamran Malik, Humera Kamran, Cydatty Bogie, Mary Coleman Daniels, Idris Aden Ali, Reuben Edokpayi, Sunita Kaur Singh, Joanne Flanders 6,951 0.3 N/A
National Liberal Graham Williamson, Jagdeesh Singh, Sockalingham Yogalingam, Doris Jones, Upkar Singh Rai, Yuseef Anwar, Araz Yurdseven, Bernard Dube 6,736 0.3 N/A
NO2EU Edward Dempsey, Alexander Gordon, April Ashley, Annie Ngemi, Mary Davis, Paula Mitchell, Natasha Horau, Michael Clarty 3,804 0.2 N/A
Harmony Party David Vincent 1,985 0.1 −0.84
Turnout 2,200,475 N/A N/A

2014 Lambeth London Borough Council election

Herne Hill (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michelle Agdomar 2,420 49.5
Labour Jim Dickson * 2,373
Labour Jack Holborn 2,198
Green Amelia Womack 1,357 27.8
Green Nicholas Edwards 1,269
Green Luke Hildyard 1,103
Conservative Claire Baker 470 9.6
Conservative Simon Hooberman 387
Conservative Heidi Nicholson 381
Liberal Democrats Jennifer Keen 351 7.2
Liberal Democrats Jonathan Price 241
Liberal Democrats Lawrence Price 187
UKIP Steven Stanbury 168 3.4
TUSC Louise Scott 121 2.5
Total votes
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

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