NEW BLOG: Bristol Green Party 2014 local elections analysis

Full election results here: http://www.bristol.gov.uk/LocalElectionViewer?XSL=main&ElectionId=68

Bristol Greens targetted three seats in particular this year: Bishopston, Redland and Southville. We won all three of them, with majorities of 1078, 756 and 378 respectively.

We maintain our record of never having lost a seat that we have previously gained.

Bishopston

  • Our majority (1078) was almost double (581) that in the 2013 election when we won the other seat.
  • Our vote (2246) was almost double (1256) that in 2013.
  • Our share of the vote increased by about 11% – from 36.10% to 47.31%.

Redland

  • Our vote (1465) was more than double (590) that in the 2013 election when we came second.
  • Our vote (1465) was more than double that of our nearest challenger (709).
  • Our share of the vote increased by about 14% – from 21.98% to 36.19%.

Southville

  • Our majority (378) increased from the previous time the seat was contested (258) in 2010.
  • Our share of the vote was a record for us in the ward – 42.53%.

Elsewhere, we did very very well.

We finished 2nd in Bedminster, Filwood, St George West and Stoke Bishop. (The last is a safe Conservative seat – intriguing!)

In Windmill Hill, we finished third, but by only 187 votes to the winner, with strong Labour and Lib Dem campaigns.

This was the year in the electoral cycle where the majority of seats up for election were in Bristol South and Bristol North West.

Bristol West – which in 2010 was the Green Party’s strongest constituency in the South West, never mind the city – only had two wards up for election this time and, as previously mentioned, we won them very very convincingly.

  • There are now 5 Green councillors in Bristol West, with only 4 Labour councillors.
  • Bristol West has two completely Green wards (Ashley and Bishopston).

And you may have seen this graph on social media, which shows just how far we have come in the last four years. (For more on the Green Party’s Bristol West prospects, see my blog post here.)

Source: Simon Stafford-Townsend, www.bristol.gov.uk/elections Methodology used: only the last local election result in each of Bristol West's nine (9) electoral wards
Source: Simon Stafford-Townsend, http://www.bristol.gov.uk/elections Methodology used: only the last local election result in each of Bristol West’s nine (9) electoral wards

 

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