GREENS; first results
Taken from Green Party press release
Greens hold in Manchester - "bodes well for
North West Euro-elections"
Cllr Vanessa Hall, the first ever Green councillor in Manchester, has
her inner-city Hulme ward.
Prof John Whitelegg, Leader of North West Green Party, expressed his
delight at the result: "Due to boundary changes Vanessa was up for
re-election after only a year in office. That's very little time to make
your mark in a seat that had been safe Labour for decades, but Vanessa
has done it."
"Although Labour held the other two seats in the ward after a powerful
attempt to retake it, Vanessa polled the highest vote. She now has four
years in office and we expect to see more Greens elected in Manchester
the next local elections in two years' time."
The Greens are hoping for their first North West MEP this year, and the
in Manchester is seen as a positive indicator.
Elsewhere in the country, the Greens are looking strong with so far one
and one gain in Oxford and no losses anywhere (at 0100 Friday).
Greens on target in local elections
Green gains in Oxford push council into "no overall control"
Oxford Greens have taken four new seats in the local elections, bringing
Green group on Oxford city council up to seven councillors. Oxford now
twenty Labour, eighteen LibDem, seven Green and three Independent
Oxford Greens now have the joint largest local authority Green Party
in the country, alongside Lancaster. The two cities will be instrumental
raising the Green Euro-election vote in two of the party's target
So far, the Greens look set to achieve their target of a 20% increase in
In Watford, the winning Green candidate Cllr Ken Brodhurst polled 57% of
the vote with 1000 votes - 700 votes ahead of the second-place Labour
candidate. Watford Greens won their first council seat last year, and
are part of the Green Party's surge in the Eastern region since the last
Euro-elections in 1999. The Greens are hopeful of winning their first
Euro-MP seat this year on the basis of successes in places like Watford,
Braintree and Norwich.
Cllr Steve Rackett, the party's first councillor in Watford, commented
the result: "We have shown that the Green Party working closely with the
local community can pull off big results.
"People were fed up with the other parties and their cynical campaigning
tactics, which really showed in this year's election."
With half the results in, the Greens have suffered no losses but have
successfully held seats in Oxford, Stroud and Manchester, in three of
regions most likely to return Green MEPs in Sunday's count.
More Green gains
Yorkshire remains the Greens' strongest region in terms of council seats
Sheffield Green Party has won its first city council seat with the
of Dr Jillian Creasy, while Bradford Greens have gained a seat, bringing
them up to four.
Leeds Green Party has comfortably held all three of its seats. Kirklees
Greens have successfully defended their three seats - and missed a gain
just six votes.
Cllr Mark Hill, the Green Party's leading Euro-candidate in Yorkshire
the Humber, commented on the results:
"Nationally our vote where we stood has gone up from about 7% last year
over 10% this year.
"In a proportional election system we'd have had hundreds of councillors
elected in England this year on these figures."
Yorkshire and the Humber was the political region which began this
campaign with more Green councillors than any other region - eleven -
and it has made two gains while successfully defending all other seats.
Meanwhile over the Pennines in the North West, the Greens comfortably
their single seat in Manchester, and had a close second in Hyndburn in
Lancashire. In Halton the Greens achieved a high of 31.5% in the
constituency of Green Party Euro-candidate Jim Craig.
In Liverpool, the Greens' highest vote was over 18% and the average
Greens stood was 10% - compared with UKIP's token appearance in one
ward, scoring 6.9%.
In West Lancashire the Green vote gave further grounds for optimism in
Euro-elections. The Green votes were 14.1% in Scott ward, 16.7% in
Skelmersdale South, 9.2% in Knowsley and 6.7% in Derby ward where the
vote was squeezed by the local Ormskirk Party. North West Greens believe
these figures are encouraging in terms of their hoped-for breathrough to
the European Parliament.
The Greens have lost one seat in Wales, on Flintshire council, but none
Spencer Fitz-Gibbon, the party's head of media, commented: "Overall in
England we have gained nine seats and lost none. That's a 17% increase
the number of Green councillors in England.
"The gains and the percentages give grounds for optimism over the
Euro-elections. All the gains have been in the Euro-regions where we
the best chance of gaining seats and the vote share has been very
"Now we await the London election results due this evening."
FINAL RESULTS SUMMARY
2004 local elections results summary
11th Jun 2004
Greens make gains with up to 57% of the vote
The Green Party in England gained nine seats in this year's local
and lost none. This amounted to an increase in council seats of 17%,
following last year's 29% increase.
In the South East, Oxford Greens gained four seats to push the city
into "no overall control". Oxford Greens, with seven councillors, are
now the joint strongest local authority Green Party group, with
In the North West, Manchester Green Party's chair Cllr Vanessa Hall held
breakthrough seat in inner-city Hulme, having had only one year in
office due to boundary changes. In Lancashire, a rising Green vote put
firefighter Ian Dixon into second place on 34%, just behind the sitting
Tory councillor on 39%. The Green vote bore up well in Liverpool and
with the highest Green vote in Liverpool being 18%.
In Eastern region, Cllr Ken Brodhurst took the Green Party's second seat
Watford council, with 57% of the vote - over three times as many votes
the second-placed Labour candidate. And Norwich Greens held all three of
their existing seats and gained two more.
In the South West, Stroud - for some time the country's strongest local
council Green group - held its seats.
In Yorkshire and the Humber, the region with the largest number of Green
Party councillors at the start of this election, the grains successfully
defended all their seats in Bradford, Kirklees and Leeds, gained an
extra seat in Bradford and won their first seat on Sheffield city
Unfortunately the party lost its only seat in Wales.
The overall percentage where Greens stood was reported by the BBC as
over 10%, a significant increase on last year's 7% and the 5% in 2002.