It was formed in 1973 as "PEOPLE" and changed its name to "The Ecology Party" in 1975 and to "The Green party" in 1985. The Scottish and Northern Ireland sections became separate parties in 1990.
The Greens have had two MEPs since 1999 and gained their first MP (for Brighton Pavilion) in 2010.
The party supports Equal marriage. There is an LGBT group, LGBTIQ Greens. The party's position on transgender rights has led to the expelling and suspension of a number of members who has raised issues about the clash of women's rights with trans rights. For example, Alison Teal, Green Party prospective parliamentary candidate for Sheffield Central .
- A row over trans rights splits Sheffield's Green Party By Harry Shukman27 Oct 2022 https://www.sheffieldtribune.co.uk/p/a-row-over-trans-rights-splits-sheffields