With the general election approaching, the local Green Parties with members living in the Wells constituency were asked by the national party to stand aside our constituency candidate. This part of a series of electoral arrangements known as Unite to Remain which involves The Green Party, Liberal Democrats, and Plaid Cymru aiming to encourage as many remain constituency victories as possible.
Wells is a Lib Dem target seat. In exchange, they are standing aside in nine key Green target constituencies.
Having balloted members in the Wells constituency last week, the Green Party will not be fielding a candidate in Wells.
Deals such as this also provoke controversy and unhappiness, as the recent news coverage has highlighted. But while our electoral system remains unreformed, these sorts of deals represent the best chance the Green Party has at gaining further representation in Parliament. Given the political crisis and climate emergency, this has never been more crucial.
The Green Party is celebrating a spectacular election result that has seen the number of MEPs in England double, rising from three to seven!
The first Brussels Green Party representatives were elected in the Eastern, North West, West Midlands, and Yorkshire and Humber regions. Greens seats were retained in London, the South East, and here in the South West, where Molly Scott Cato was re-elected.
Nationally, our votes topped 2 million and we finished fourth in the total vote above the Conservative Party, the first time the Greens have beaten the Tories in a national election…
Green co-leader, Sian Berry, said: “Following on from our spectacular local election results where we more than doubled our representation, tonight’s result is proof of the size and power of the Green Wave that is sweeping across the country. Our message of ‘yes to Europe, no to climate change’ clearly resonated strongly with voters, many of whom will have been casting their vote for our party for the first time. We topped the poll in Bristol, Norwich, and Brighton and Hove, and scored brilliant seconds in Sheffield, Cambridge, and Oxford.”
In Mendip, we came third – beating both Conservatives and Labour – taking a staggering 22.8% (302,364) of the vote!
Glastonbury & Street Green Party are delighted to announce that Councillor Denise Michell has been elected as the new ‘Green’ Mayor of Glastonbury.
Photo by Jason Bryant
Denise, who has served as a Glastonbury councillor since 2011, was elected unanimously by her fellow town councillors at the first meeting of Glastonbury Town Council since the Greens won nine of the council’s 16 seats on 2nd May!
Fellow long-standing Green councillor, Jon Cousins, was elected Deputy Mayor – repeating the dynamic Green duo’s Mayoral roles of 2015-16, when Denise became Glastonbury’s first Green Mayor.
Find out more about Glastonbury’s Green Councillors HERE.
Help re-elect Molly Scott Cato as Green MEP for the South West
Molly has been clear on Brexit and has campaigned across the region for a People’s Vote and to stop the Brexit chaos.
Molly has been strong on climate, campaigning for rapid investment in renewables, working on sustainable finance law, and helping shaping a Green New Deal.
Molly is an economist who has challenged rising inequality and fought tax avoidance by large companies and the ultra-wealthy.
As well as Molly, we have five other outstanding candidates on the Green list: Cleo Lake, Carla Denyer, Tom Scott, Martin Dimery, and Karen La Borde.
Why is this election so crucial?
This European Parliament election on 23rd May is the most important in our history. As we teeter on the brink of a catastrophic Brexit it offers us a vital opportunity to show that the will of the people has changed. Molly is the most clearly Remain MEP in the South West. A strong vote for Molly and the Green Party will help increase pressure for a People’s Vote; and we can use the European Elections as a proxy referendum.
Just as importantly, you can help make sure that EU policies develop in a way that’s good for the environment, good for the climate, and good for people’s quality of life.
In our most successful local elections ever, the following Green Party Candidates have been elected in the Mendip District of the Wells Constituency:
Mendip District Council:
Glastonbury St. John’s Ward – Jon Cousins
Glastonbury St. Mary’s Ward – Lindsay MacDougall
Wells City Council:
Wells Central – Pam Crummay
Wells St. Thomas – Jennifer Rust
Wells St. Cuthberts – Sarah Briton and Jennifer Linsdell
Glastonbury Town Council:
Glastonbury St. Benedict’s Ward – Denise Michell, Ian Mutch, and Brian Outten
Glastonbury St. Edmund’s Ward – Jon Cousins and Serena Roney-Dougal
Glastonbury St. John’s Ward – Sue Barnett and Christine Prior
Glastonbury St. Mary’s Ward – Lindsay MacDougall and Mike Smyth
With nine out of the 16 seats, we now have overall control of Glastonbury Town Council!
Many thanks to all, including those who stood but did not get elected, those who leafletted, and those who voted.