Members have given the green light to re-establishing a Northumberland political group.
The Wansbeck Green Party has been dormant for more than a decade, but in the last 12 months there has been a surge of local interest, with the number of Green Party members in the area tripling.
Now a founding meeting has been held to re-awaken the local group, and after a unanimous vote Christopher Hedley, of Ashington, was elected Wansbeck Green Party Co-ordinator.
The group is now racing to select a candidate to fight the General Election on May 7.
Morpeth Green town councillor Nic Best, who played a major role in re-establishing the group, said: “I’m really happy that the national ‘#greensurge’ has led to the new Wansbeck Green Party being formed, and particularly that we have Greens in Ashington, Bedlington and Newbiggin, as well as Morpeth.
“We should make a really good showing in the General Election now, and also in the county council elections in 2017.
We should make a really good showing in the General Election now, and also in the county council elections in 2017.Nic Best, Green Party member on Morpeth Town Council.
“I’m looking forward to claiming ‘elder statesman’ status.”
Mr Hedley, 25, said: “There is no better time to be a Green in Wansbeck.
“It was great to see so many local people so determined and excited about establishing a Green Party for this constituency again. It really shows that politics within this area, and further, is changing.
“Voters are looking for a genuine alternative to the business than usual parties.
“I believe you could say it is a new era of politics for Wansbeck.”
Local member Jamie Kidd added: “Being an active member of a socially-conscious and progressively-minded group of individuals feels fantastic. The inclusive atmosphere is something we cultivate.”