Norwich Evening News reports the decision by one of the city’s Green councillors to resign from the council just five months after he was elected:
A Green city councillor has resigned little more than five months since he was elected – blaming the party’s “profoundly undemocratic” methods. David Rogers informed Norwich City Council of his decision yesterday, after expressing his dissatisfaction with how the Norwich branch of the party is run.
Nelson ward member Mr Rogers said the party attracted the “gullible and the authoritarian”, which he said was a “dangerous combination in party politics”. Mr Rogers said: “I agree with the Green Party aims to create a fair society and to deal with the threat from rapid climate change.
“However, I cannot accept its methods; it is profoundly undemocratic.
“Norwich Green Party has an executive of elected members who should execute decisions made by the party membership. The membership rarely makes a decision and when it does it is usually ignored. It is possible that the national Green Party is not aware of this. If it isn’t, it should be. Norwich Green Party is the second largest in the country and has the largest number of councillors.”
… He added: “I can no longer support the Green Party. I have seen the dangers that the Green Party presents and I must oppose the Green Party.”
A by-election will take place to replace David Rogers.