14 September 2018
There was a surge in support for the Green Party in yesterday's by-election in Coldharbour ward in Brixton.
The Green Party candidate Michael Groce came second behind Labour with 31% of votes cast - a rise of 15% on the the local council election just four months ago. Turn-out was low with less than a quarter of those registered to vote going to the polls.
All the other parties' vote shares fell - Labour by 6%, Lib Dems by 1%, and Conservatives by 2%.
The by-election, which was triggered by the death of Labour councillor Matt Parr in late July, follows the May local council elections in which the Greens became the main opposition group, increasing their numbers on Lambeth Council from 1 to 5.
Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley, who is leader of the Green group in Lambeth, said:
“Greens are now the alternative to Labour in Lambeth. When people hear what the Green Party’s hardworking councillors have to offer, they like it and, increasingly, they vote for it.”
Green Party candidate Michael Groce, said:
“I am humbled by the support shown to me by my community. Brixton has sent a warning call to Labour in Lambeth. As our area undergoes huge change, the experience of our communities must be heard and our voices must not be silenced. Our votes can no longer be taken for granted and I will continue to work hard and speak up for people who are being left behind.”
 Full by-election result: https://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/mgElectionAreaResults.aspx?ID=167&RPID=34451174
 Previous Coldharbour election results: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coldharbour_(Lambeth_ward)