We’ve come such a long way in Newham.
Although many have woken up today being dismayed about the prospect of another 5 years of the Conservatives – the progressive SNP gains in Scotland, the re-election of Caroline Lucas and an approximate 400% increase in Green votes across the country (think of all that Short Money!) indicates the progressive left are growing force to to reckoned with!
To quote Rachel Collinson; “today is the start of the REAL campaign for a better Newham”
To quote Tamsin Omond; “this is the beginning of our fight. Progressive politics will win”
Firstly, thank you all.
To our Green Party members who have grown five-fold in the past year. To our supporters who have helped us through being active volunteering, words of encouragement, hugs and copious cups of tea along the way. And to everyone who voted Green yesterday – our gains echo the Green Surge across the voting electoral – and we are so very grateful for each and every one of them.
Stratford and New Town By-Election (14%)
Isabelle Anderson secured 1,170 votes: 14% of the voting electorate. Coming in 3rd, in a ward where Newham Greens had not previously been active in prior to 2015 is incredible. Congratulations Isabelle! You did us proud.
West Ham (5%)
Rachel Collinson secured 2,651 votes: 5% of the voting electorate. Coming in 4th, and ensuring we retain our deposit for the first time in Newham. In 2010 we got 1.4%, so this result is a whopping 5 fold increase in votes. Congratulations Rachel! This was her inspiring speech last night:
East Ham (2.5%)
Tamsin Omond secured 1,299 votes: coming in 4th with 2.5% of the voting electorate in East Ham. In 2010 we secured 1.2% of the vote, so we have doubled our votes. Watch Tamsin’s passionate speech after the declaration: