Green Party Campaigns co-ordinator Howard Thorp is to call for the monarchy to be abolished and the monarch replaced by an elected ceremonial Head of State, at the Green Party’s Autumn Conference 2013.
“The Green Party has a policy that the monarchy will be removed from the role of head of state but under the policy the monarchy will continue. I believe that as long as the monarchy does continue it will act as a brake on our democracy and will re-enforce privilege and division in our society,” said Thorp, who will put a motion before conference.
“The monarchy, along with the House of Lords, should have no place in a 21st century democracy. The UK often lectures other countries about a democratic deficit whilst tolerating these undemocratic structures at the heart of our democratic system.
“The only way to establish the UK as a proper democracy is to abolish the monarchy as an institution and replace the monarch with an elected Head of State.
“My motion allows for a two-part referendum, which if passed by the people would achieve that end. The elected head of state would not be a president but occupy a largely ceremonial post, similar to that of the presidency in Ireland.”
(from a press release)