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.
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.
We will continue to build the Green voice locally and will campaign hard for the people of Lambeth. If you would like to help in any way please get in contact: email@example.com
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.