6 May 2017
Thank you to everyone who helped in the local elections, whether leafletting, canvassing or telling on polling day (and quite a few people did all of those things and more!).
Congratulations to Gina Dowding who was re-elected with a much bigger majority than previously (1085, compared to 340 in 2013).
Unfortunately, we didn't succeed in our aim of winning back Lancaster East, a seat which was held by Greens (Sam Riches) between 2009-2013. Green candidate Theo Routh finished 767 votes behind Labour, despite a huge amount of work by the Lancaster East Green team. Thanks especially to Caroline Jackson as Theo's campaign manager and chief canvasser.
Full results for Lancashire can be found at http://www3.lancashire.gov.uk/elections/results/2017/alldivs.asp. Following the trend seen in many other parts of the country, the Conservatives have gained control of Lancashire County Council (with 46 out of 84 seats).
The Green Party's vote share across the whole County was 3.4% (up from 2.6% in 2013), but we didn't stand in every seat. Thanks to everyone who stood as a paper candidate and to our 3 election agents (Anne Chapman, Pam Hearne and Philip Mitchell) so that as many people as possible had the opportunity to vote Green.
The results in our main target seats were:
Lancaster Central (turnout 42%)
Gina Dowding (Green) 2206 (52%)
Mark Cutter (Labour) 1121 (26%)
Lancaster East (turnout 34%)
Lizzi Collinge (Labour) 2010 (53%)
Theo Routh (Green) 1243 (33%)
Lib Dem 129
We also leafleted the whole of Lancaster South East, though we didn't target
it as much as the other two seats. The results were:
Lancaster Southeast (turnout 32.5%)
Erica Lewis (Labour) 1814 (46%)
Abi Mills (Green) 597 (15%)
Lib Dem 369
Congratulations also to Green Party member Chris Norman who was elected (as an Independent) to Aldcliffe-with-Stodday Parish Council.