4 May 2018
Green Party established as the England’s fourth party after local elections
* Caroline Lucas MP: Significant step forward with just a fraction of the resources of the bigger parties.
* Jonathan Bartley: These results have cemented us as a rising force in British politics
The Green Party is celebrating what it's calling a 'good night' in the local elections.
Following the results of vote, the party have established themselves as the fourth largest party in England. The Party has, as of so far won 9 seats off the Conservative Party and 2 off the Labour Party.
The Party have, at the time of writing, made a number of gains in areas as diverse as Richmond upon Thames, Sheffield and Trafford. The party also won its first ever seat in Peterborough and have kept Sian Berry’s seat in Camden despite an intense effort to take it by Labour.
Party co-leaders Caroline Lucas MP and Jonathan Bartley are pleases with the results, despite a polarisation of politics and media attention on the two biggest parties.
Caroline Lucas said – ““The Green Party has taken a significant step forward with just a fraction of the resources of the bigger parties. We are now established as one of the four major English parties - and an electoral force right across the nation.
“From Richmond and the Midlands to Greater Manchester we’ve had some great results and we’ve still got more to come.”
Jonathan Bartley said – “We’ve had a great story to tell this election and the voters have responded. These results have cemented us as a rising force in British politics and as one of the major four parties in England.
“I want to give a massive thank you to all of the activists who turned out for us week in, week out to deliver this fantastic result. Watch this space, there’s more Green wins to come.”
Here in the North West, the Greens are going from strength to strength. In Liverpool, Tom Crone (last year's Green candidate for Liverpool City Region Mayor) was comfortably re-elected as councillor for St Michael's ward, with over 58% of the vote, while Lawrence Brown saw off stiff competition from Labour in next-door Greenbank to be returned to serve for another four years. Over the water on the Wirral, Pat Cleary overcame ferocious Labour opposition to be re-elected as Green councillor for Birkenhead and Tranmere.
Trafford has its first Green councillors, with Dan Jerrome and Geraldine Coggins winning in the previously "safe" Conservative ward of Altrincham. This result also sees the Tories losing their majority for the first time , with the Greens and two remaining LibDems holding the balance of power between Labour and the Conservatives.
In St Helens, the Greens' Amy Deluce took 38.5% of the vote to come within less than 200 of winning in Haydock.
In Knowsley, the Greens' Kai Taylor with a swing of 65% of the vote to win our first borough councillor in Prescot South.
In Burnley the Greens' Andrew Fewings took 65.75% of the vote to win in Trinity Ward.
With a number of councils - including Manchester and South Lakeland - still to count the votes, more Green gains are expected to be announced later today.
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