For Camden Green Party, as for Green Parties around the country, there is only one headline from the election – at last we have achieved that historic first with Caroline Lucas in Brighton Pavillion with the first Green MP in British history.
Additionally, more people voted for us across the country than had ever voted Green in a general election before and outside of London we are welcoming new Green councillors in areas we’ve never had them before.
In Camden, we also saw more people voting for Green council candidates than ever before, and more people voting Green in total than before: 11,142 (adding the highest-scoring Green from each ward). Our previous highest vote total was 10,491 in the London Assembly in 2008, and 8,040 in the Euros 2009.
And we saw Cllr Maya de Souza returned at the top of the poll in Highgate ward, a testament to her work over the past four years.
Sadly, however, our two other excellent Highgate candidates, Naomi Aptowitzer and Tristan Smith, didn’t get elected, finishing 5th and 6th respectively. We also did not make the gains we had been working for in wards including St Pancras and Somers Town, Bloomsbury, Holborn and Covent Garden and Gospel Oak.
In London though there has been a massive surge to Labour that has managed to sweep all before its path in the council elections. The Guardian’s Dave Hill describes well the scale of Labour’s resurgence winning back councils and seats that many had long thought were long lost.
But this was a highly unusual local election, the first in recent times conducted with a general election. We will continue to work and fight for communities, to raise issues, and to be a voice for our communities. And we expect to see the Camden Green Party will continue to grow, as it has significantly during this election – if you’d like to get involved, now’s a great time to join. (That link’s now working again, after crashing on Saturday due to weight of traffic!)