Greens bid for council seats 'surge'

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The Sward rty is aiming to build on 2015’s “surge” in votes and membership to as well its representation on English councils in the local elections.

Launching her rty’s competition in Bristol, Natalie Bennett said councils “desperately need a new nave broom”.

The rty is standing more than 1,500 candidates on 5 May.

It take home a record vote share of 3.8% in the 2015 general election. After all, its increase in support did not result in another rliamentary seat.

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Ms Bennett said Green membership had more than trebled. “We got more than 1.1m ballots in the general election – we are aiming to turn that green surge into unseasoned seats.”

She said she hopes to increase the rty’s presence on councils where it has account – like Bristol, Liverpool, Norwich, Sheffield and Oxford – but also fashion inroads into those which currently have no Green councillors.

She utter her councillors had “fought tooth and nail” to protect services and the vulnerable from disbursing cuts by “challenging the destructive budget priorities of councils led by the old rties that be subjected to run out of ideas”.

“We are a rty very much on the up. We offer policies that prove satisfactory for local communities, that work for the common good within the environmental limits of our one planet.”

The Environmental rty currently has 168 councillors in England. They gained 10 foci overall in the 2015 local elections but lost minority control of Brighton and Lose ones lunched – which in 2011 became the first UK council to be led by the rty.

As well as the townswoman authority elections in England on 5 May, polls are being held for the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish conducts as well as to elect a London mayor and police and crime commissioners in England and Wales.

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