The South East Green Party is celebrating keeping its three Council seats in Reading and one in Reigate and Banstead after a hard fought campaign, whilst reflecting on losses in Oxford. It lost two seats on Oxford City Council which went to Labour.
Across the region, local parties fielded candidates in 44% of seats – in many coming ahead of the Liberal Democrats. 252 candidates stood, compared with 148 in the last comparable year (2012). Green Party membership is five times larger now than in 2012.
The Police and Crime Commissioner Green candidate in Sussex, James Doyle, kept his deposit and secured nearly 10% of the vote. There were no other Green PCC candidates in the South East.
South East Green Party Chair, Jonathan Essex, said: "I'm delighted that Reading Greens did so well, as well as retaining our council seat in East Surrey this year but was disappointed to hear the news of our loss of two hard working Green councillors in Oxford.
"I look forward to see Greens serving their local communities across the South East, working hard to bring fresh ideas and energy to challenge the austerity agenda that is cutting Council budgets, while fighting for the affordable housing, clean air, better transport and protection to our green spaces and countryside that our communities need."
Cllr Essex is one of two Green councillors on Reigate and Banstead Council, and a Surrey county councillor.
Nationally, Greens were celebrating an excellent result in the London mayoral contest, with Sian Berry coming third, and keeping two seats on the London Assembly. The party made gains in its strongholds in the West Midlands and South West.