Thank you, I must say first of all, to the 1,480 people who voted for me in the Holborn and St Pancras constituency.
This was the third highest Green vote in London, and I know that many others (who wrote or spoke to me) felt compelled by the nature of our electoral system to make another choice (either the Lib Dems in hope of electoral reform, or Labour, for fear of Frank Dobson being defeated), while strongly supporting Green Party policies.
I must thank my election agent, Edward Milford, for being a tower of strength and calm, in particular two of my champion canvassers Charlie and Justin as well as the rest of the team, Matty Mitford for doing a vast amount of organisation under difficult circumstances, and Jim for all his support.
But what really matters out of this election is one result: that in Brighton Pavilion, where Caroline Lucas was elected as Britain’s first Green MP. When that was announced about 5.30am among all those rather bedraggled, faded politicos who were attending the count at Haverstock School, there was a Green war dance of pure excitement.
We’re now a parliamentary party for the very first time. And if there’s another leaders’ debate, then as the UK’s fourth national party, we could see Caroline there with those grey, dull men. And what an impact that would have!