In 2006 we had a breakthrough when Lambeth's first Green councillor was elected. Then in 2010 we doubled our vote across the borough - up from 17,560 to 33,673. Under a proportional voting system we would have gained 6 councillors and held the balance of power on the Council.
The next elections are the London Mayoral elections and elections to the London Assembly in May 2012. There are already two Greens on the London Assembly, and we are looking for increase this number. The proportional voting system makes this a real possibility. The next local council elections are in May 2014.
London Elections - May 2012
Jonathan Bartley is our London Assembly candidate for Lambeth and Southwark. Since the Assembly was first formed in 2000, Green Assembly members have been elected. You can find out more about what they have achieved over the last ten years here.
Jonathan is a campaigner who has lived in the local area all his life. He hit the headlines during the 2010 general election when he confronted David Cameron on a visit to Southwark, over his plans for disabled children.
Jonathan is frequently seen and heard on national radio and television on programmes including BBC1's Big Questions, BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 2's Jeremy Vine Show. He writes for The Guardian's Comment is Free and is a regular newspaper reviewer for BBC Radio London. He has also written for the Times, The Independent and The Daily Telegraph as well as being a regular contributor to Radio 4's Thought for the Day.
Describing himself as non-tribal his political background has been on a cross-party basis. He worked in the House of Commons for a number of years for different MPs, including one Prime Minister. He has run back-bench committees on Inner Cities and Democratic Reform and authored reports on a range of issues from empty housing to ethical investment, a number of which have been debated in Parliament.
Founder and director of the thinktank Ekklesia, he is author of a number of books looking at the relationship between religion and public life. Over the last few years he raised over £1 million for international development work.
Jonathan lives in an intentional community and is involved in a number of local community groups including Transition Streatham. He is a council member of the Electoral Reform Society and a trustee of the Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education. He helped to found the Accord Coalition which campaigns to reform faith schools and received a nomination for drummer of the year in 2010 at the British Blues Awards for his work with The Mustangs.
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Local Council Elections - May 2014
We are looking for continue the moment we have created locally in Lambeth following our breakthrough in 2006 with Lambeth's first Green councillor and the doubling of the Green vote in 2010 when we contested every seat in the borough.
Under a proportional system we would have had six councillors and held the balance of power. But we have shown it is possible to get Green councillors elected in Lambeth under the existing system too.
Interested in becoming a Green councillor? Get in touch to find out more - we will be selecting our candidates soon. Candidates will need to be a member of the Green Party and to agree with our key policies and philosophy. You would also need to be prepared to work hard speaking to voters on the doorstep to get elected, and them commit to around 15-20 hours a week if elected as a councillor.
Interested in becoming a Green councillor? Get in touch to find out more - we will be selecting our candidates soon. Contact: lambethgreens (at) gmail.com
We are currently campaigning for the forthcoming elections for the London Assembly and London mayor in May 2012. Other elections in the next few years that we will be contesting:
2014 European elections
2014 Local council elections
2015 General Election
"We Greens are the only party that wholeheartedly supports public services and action to stop climate destruction. Our goal is a fair society and a clean, healthy and safe environment for everyone. I urge you to support the Greens and vote for Jonathan Bartley."- Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner