The Green Party is celebrating a strong set of local election results in Norwich.
The party increased its majority in all five of the wards it was defending and also increased its city-wide vote to 30%, despite a strong challenge by Labour who were quoted as confident of taking two wards from the Greens.
For the Norwich City Council area as a whole, Labour took 35% to the Greens’ 30% but for the Norwich South Parliamentary constituency Greens are ahead by 35% to 34%.
Three Green councillors were re-elected (Lesley Grahame in Thorpe Hamlet, Ash Haynes in Town Close and Simeon Jackson in Mancroft) and new Green councillors were elected in two wards: Tim Jones in Nelson and Sandra Bogelein in Wensum.
Andrew Boswell, Leader of the Green Party City Councillors, said:
“This is a fantastic set of results for the Green Party. Voters have recognised the strong track record of Green Councillors in representing their communities and re-elected Greens with increased majorities in all five of our wards.
“I’m delighted at the strong support we’ve received for our policies on ending zero hours contracts, opposing overdevelopment around Norwich and improving democracy on these issues. We will continue to challenge the ruling Labour Cabinet on these issues and be a strong, responsible opposition.
“I’d like to thank everyone who voted Green in this election and all the party members and supporters who helped our campaign.”
The Greens obtained increased local election votes in many parts of Eastern region. The party won its first seats on Babergh council (Suffolk) and Epping Forest (Essex) and defended its Rochford council seat with a big majority.
Adrian Ramsay, regional Campaign Manager for the Green Party, said: “These strong results – combined with opinion polls from recent weeks – suggest that we have an excellent chance of making a breakthrough at European level in Eastern region and seeing Rupert Read elected as the region’s first Green MEP on Sunday evening.”