Greens celebrate council breakthroughs in Reading and Reigate

15 May 2010

Rob and Caroline
Rob White campaigning in Reading with Caroline Lucas

Greens in the South East region are celebrating breakthroughs onto two new local authorities in the area.

 In Reading Rob White has won in Park Ward, becoming the first Green councillor in Berkshire. Rob narrowly missed election two years ago, but this year Rob polled 1,845 votes ahead of Labour's Richard McKenzie with 1,275.

After the result was declared Rob said "We will carry on campaigning on our election priorities of: more decent affordable housing, tackling crime and antisocial behaviour and better public transport walking and cycling facilities. And I will stick to my values of fairness, integrity and the environment." 

In Redhill East ward of Reigate & Banstead borough council, Jonathan Essex polled 1,882 votes ahead of the second placed candidate, the Conservatives' Rois Amiah on 1,398. Second Green candidate Sarah Finch narrowly missed election in the same ward, finishing in fourth place after a re-count.

Commenting on his victory Jonathan said "Today the hard work begins to bring the real change to Redhill that the voters have overwhelming voted for."

'Get Reading' report on Rob's win

Reading Green party on Rob's win

'Surrey Advertiser' report on Jonathan's win

Surrey Green party on Jonathan's win

 The three Green candidates after the win
The three Green candidates Sarah Finch, Jonathan Essex and Alistair Laban, after Jonathan's win

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