11 June 2016
Greens celebrate record result, which if replicated across Lambeth would give Greens 60 seats on Lambeth Council
Lambeth Green Party is celebrating after a record breaking result in the Gipsy Hill council by-election, which saw the Green vote increase by 32.2% and Labour's decline by 26.6%.
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, it would give the Greens 60 seats on Lambeth Council.
The Green Party came second in the last full council elections in 2014.
The Green Party fought the Gipsy Hill by-election campaign on the issues of libraries and housing. The ward contains the Central Hill estate, which faces demolition against residents wishes. It also contains two libraries.
Pete Elliott, the Green Party's candidate in Gipsy Hill said: "A huge thank you to everyone who voted. This was a record result and shows how more and more people are backing the Green's distinctive vision. We believe that decisions should be made to enhance everyone's social and environmental wellbeing, and that local people should be listened to and their plans supported. They should not be treated as numbers on a spreadsheet.
"Lambeth Labour have been left under no illusions that local people oppose their plans to close libraries and bulldoze estates. They should think long and hard about the course that they are on. They should back local people, and the plans they have put forward to save their homes and libraries. If they do not, local people will make their feelings known at the local elections in two years time."
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Pete Elliott, email@example.com, Tel: 07901504903
In 2014 in Gipsy Hill Labour got 6,627 votes out of 9,458 (70%) and the Green Party got 938 votes (9.9%). At the 2016 by election Labour got 43.4% (-26.6%) and Greens got 42.1% (+32.2)