1 October 2019
The reorganisation of local Green Parties in Dorset to match the county's new unitary local authority boundaries is expected to come into effect at the end of this month.
The county of Dorset now has just two unitary councils - Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) Council, and Dorset Council.
South East Dorset Green Party has historically covered both the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole conurbation and the former local government districts of Purbeck and East Dorset, which have been abolished with the introduction of the unitary Dorset Council.
South East Dorset Green Party has two councillors elected to BCP Council (in Bournemouth), while neighbouring West & South Dorset Green Party (W&SDGP) have four councillors on Dorset Council (in Weymouth and Bridport). It is normal Green Party practice across the country to align local party boundaries and names with local authority boundaries, so that all party members receive local information focused around their own council area.
At its recent Annual General Meeting, South East Dorset Green Party members formally agreed constitutional changes for the local party to become Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Green Party (BCPGP), with local party boundaries matching the BCP Council area - to take effect once local party responsibility for Purbeck and East Dorset is officially adopted by W&SDGP.
A merger has also been agreed in principle between W&SDGP and North Dorset Green Party (NDGP), with the combined local party to assume responsibility for the whole Dorset Council area and to be known as Dorset Greens.
These moves have been unanimously accepted in principle at a meeting of W&SDGP members, who have arranged an Extraordinary General Meeting for Tuesday 29th October which is expected to officially complete the county-wide reorganisation process.
The national party allows members to override their automatically allocated local party membership, with membership of a different local party they choose. Any members of SEDGP in Purbeck or East Dorset who do not want their local party membership transferred to Dorset Greens after 29th October may arrange this with an email to the SEDGP Membership Secretary at email@example.com.
Anyone can keep up to date with SEDGP's activities by following its Facebook page and Twitter account, or by checking the SEDGP website which features a regularly updated Events calendar.