Our electoral progress continued in 2018, as we gained a further four seats on Lambeth Council and became the official opposition to the Labour Party in the council chambers. Additional councillors were elected in the Herne Hill, Gipsy Hill and St. Leonard's wards.
We built on our overall vote-share in the area and the party also finished in second place overall in a large number of wards, including Tulse Hill, Coldharbour, Brixton Hill, Ferndale, Knight's Hill, Larkhill, Streatham Hill and Vassall.
Despite an election that saw the biggest two-party share since 1970 and a squeezed vote for other parties, our three Green candidates in Vauxhall, Streatham, and Dulwich and West Norwood polled up to twice as well as the average for the country.
Green candidate Peter Elliot increased our share of the vote from 9% to 42.1%. Labour's declined by 26.6% to 43.4%.
This was Labour's safest council seat in Lambeth. The Green Party missed out on winning the seat by 36 votes. In any other ward in the borough the Greens would have won on the same swing. If replicated at the local elections in 2018, it would give the Greens 60 seats on Lambeth Council.
This was our best result ever. The Green Party extended our lead over the Lib Dems throughout the borough, and once again came a significant third, closing the gap on the Conservatives for second place in the London elections. (In local council elections we are already in second place). We were in second place in five wards. In Lambeth, Greens were the only major party whose vote share increased.
In the election for London Mayor, Green candidate Sian Berry won 9.2% for first preference votes (an increase of 2.1% on 2012) , and 28% for second preference votes (an increase of 5%) . This means over 37% of Lambeth voters put a cross by a Green candidate in 2016.
In the election for London Assembly Members, Greens in Lambeth got 13.7% for the London list, a slight rise on 2012. In London as a whole however the Green percentage went down marginally, and so in Lambeth we bucked the London-wide Green trend. In the election for the constituency candidate Rashid Nix won 14.9% of the vote, an increase of 3% on 2012.
We continued to build on the momentum from last year's local election by quadrupling our votes compared to 2010. We are now one of the best performing Green areas in the whole of the UK.
Across the borough the Green Party’s vote share increased by a colossal 7.1% points in Streatham, 6.8% in Dulwich and West Norwood, and 6% in Vauxhall. Nationally, Streatham constituency saw the 11th biggest swing toward the Green Party out of the 571 seats that the party contested nationally – despite not being a target seat at this election.
This was the biggest swing toward the Greens in South London, in an election which also saw Lambeth Green Party finish with more votes than the Liberal Democrats across the three constituencies which Lambeth covers.
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In 2014 we continued our progress in Lambeth with the election of councillor Scott Ainslie to St Leonard's ward. The Green Party moved into second place behind Labour, overtaking both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. We achieved 16% of the vote in the local elections and 15% in the European elections. Under a proportional system in 2014 we would have had ten councillors. But we have shown it is possible to get Green councillors elected in Lambeth under the existing system too.
This followed on from the election breakthrough in 2006 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.
Our membership has tripled in the past year and Lambeth is now the biggest local party in london.