After a long Thursday night at City Academy, the dust has settled on the most staggering set of local election results for the Bristol Green Party yet.
For a full analysis of the results, see my blog here, but it is worth just bringing one stat to your attention…
If you take into account the last ward election for each of the nine (9) Bristol West wards, the Green Party has the highest vote share – 28%. Labour have 26%, the Lib Dems have 24% and the Conservatives have 13%.
Now, these are local election results, and shouldn’t be used to extrapolate directly to share of the vote for the parliamentary election. The 28% on the pie chart above compares very favourably to the 3.8% the Green Party gained in 2010 in the Bristol West parliamentary seat.
However, it is clear that people in Bristol want to vote Green, that the Green vote share is increasing and – most importantly – that a Green vote is not a wasted vote. If everyone who voted Green in local elections voted Green in Westminster elections then in 2015 we might elect a Green MP who really stands up for Bristol West citizens.
The signs are good:
- The Green Party in Bristol is growing. Our latest estimate is that we are gaining one new member every two days.
- This coheres with the national picture. The Green Party of England and Wales has now passed the 15,000-member mark. People across the country are realising that we need a radical, sensible alternative to the largest parties.
- 1.2 million people voted for the Green Party in the European elections this year.
We now have 6 councillors, all of whom would love to speak to you about getting involved with our campaigns:
We need your help, because the future we need and want to see will only be realised if you join in and make it happen!
You can join the Green Party of England and Wales here: https://my.greenparty.org.uk/civicrm/membership/joining
You can read more about the Greens in Bristol West here: http://psychopolitico.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/vote-share-in-bristol-west-greens-lead-3-way-marginal/