THE co-leader of the Green Party will visit Oxfordshire next week.

Jonathan Bartley will address a free public meeting at Witney Corn Exchange from 7.30pm on Thursday.

The event is entitled A Green in the Room and he will address the meeting on the future of the Green movement and the Green Party.

It will be held from 7.30pm until 9.30pm in the Corn Exchange’s Gallery Room, in Market Square.

Mr Bartley is the Green Party’s co-leader along with Caroline Lucas, herself a former Oxfordshire county councillor.

He has a varied political career, working in Parliament on a cross party basis in the early 90s and spending two weeks helping out on John Major’s Conservative leadership campaign.

In April 2010 he confronted then leader of the opposition and future prime minister David Cameron over the party’s plans to open mainstream schools to more children with disabilities.

Both men have been parents to disabled children.

Mr Bartley also co-founded Ekklesia, a think tank which explores the changing way that beliefs and values play parts in public life.

He then became a member of the Green Party of England and Wales in 2011.

He sought to stand as the party’s candidate for the London mayoral election in 2016 but did not secure the nomination.

Mr Bartley was later appointed as the Green Party’s co-leader, with Ms Lucas, in September 2016.

He is also the work and pensions spokesperson for the party.