Monday, 8 June 2009

GREENS MISS OUT NARROWLY ON FIRST MEP IN EAST OF ENGLAND

 

Despite a significant increase in Green Party vote share from around 5.5% in 2004 to around 9% tonight, the Greens have just failed to win a seat in the East of England.

 

Green support rose right across the UK with the 2 existing Green MEPs Dr. Caroline Lucas (South East) and Jean Lambert (London) each being elected for the third time, and with significantly increased vote share.

 

Over 140,000 voters backed the Greens in the East of England, following a campaign that the Eastern Region Green Party began 2 years ago.

 

Support peaked strongly in the emerging Green strongholds with the Greens in Norwich coming first with about 25% of the vote, a result which was on the cards following the Greens coming first across the city in the County Council elections on Thursday.

 

The Green campaign covered every part of the region and was particularly focussed on meeting people and finding out what they wanted to see from their MEPs. Green policies including Clean Politics and Green Jobs - with the aim of helping to make the East a European leader in renewable energy.

 
As well as conventional campaigning such as tours of every county and public meetings, the Greens used Obama-style new media campaigning to get the Green message across via the internet. The campaign was backed by a large team which included the 7 list candidates, dedicated campaign specialists and the growing band of Green councillors in the region. True to their grass-roots strength, local party members played their part, and indeed were the sole arbiters of who would be on the Green list, as the party uses a strictly one member-one vote system to decide its European election candidates.      
 
We are very pleased with the big increase in the Green vote and we would like to thank the more than 140,000 people in the East of England who supported us. It wasn't quite enough this time but it bodes well for our party across the region and especially in our developing strongholds. We now need to look forward to the next election, which could well be the Norwich North by-election, a city in which we topped the poll tonight.
 
At the County Council elections, right across the region, Green candidates were often beating the party of Government - and Labour finished only just ahead of the Greens in the Euro poll. Whilst Labour lost most of its County Councillors in the East, the Greens increased theirs from 3 to 11.

4 Comments:

Blogger Sue said...

Bad luck Rupert - impressive increase in votes and percentage share though. Surely, surely this next term of the European Parliament will be the one where the public finally suss just how crap UKIP is?!

8 June 2009 at 11:48  
Blogger Paul said...

As well as conventional campaigning such as tours of every county and public meetings, the Greens used Obama-style new media campaigning to get the Green message across via the internet. The campaign was backed by a large team which included the 7 list candidates, dedicated campaign specialists and the growing band of Green councillors in the region.

And yet you didn't answer the question that I asked in a comment on this blog, nor thank me when, as you asked, I provided a link to a Liberal Democrat leaflet that said that the Greens couldn't win.

You've got a lot to learn about campaigning I think.

8 June 2009 at 20:00  
Blogger Anj said...

Hi Rupert,
As a first time green voter here in Lancaster, I wanted to acknowledge that viewing your UTube films helped me make that decision. I intend to learn more about Green Party policies and vote green in the future. I have been impressed with the intelligent, no-nonsense ideas of the Green Party and have enjoyed the dignity and thoughtfulness of your campaign. You may have lost the seat, but you have influenced people you are hardly likely to meet. I just wanted to say, thank you for your great effort this year.

Bye, Angie

9 June 2009 at 21:37  
Blogger Rupert said...

Thanks Sue, Angie.
Paul; I can only plead extreme busy-ness. Having 700 unread emails doesn't always conduce to staying in close tough with everyone who helps one... Your link was useful; we have now posted up one leaflet at least on the site; thanks.

14 June 2009 at 16:56  

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Despite a significant increase in Green Party vote share from around 5.5% in 2004 to around 9% tonight, the Greens have just failed to win a seat in the East of England.

 

Green support rose right across the UK with the 2 existing Green MEPs Dr. Caroline Lucas (South East) and Jean Lambert (London) each being elected for the third time, and with significantly increased vote share.

 

Over 140,000 voters backed the Greens in the East of England, following a campaign that the Eastern Region Green Party began 2 years ago.

 

Support peaked strongly in the emerging Green strongholds with the Greens in Norwich coming first with about 25% of the vote, a result which was on the cards following the Greens coming first across the city in the County Council elections on Thursday.

 

The Green campaign covered every part of the region and was particularly focussed on meeting people and finding out what they wanted to see from their MEPs. Green policies including Clean Politics and Green Jobs - with the aim of helping to make the East a European leader in renewable energy.

 
As well as conventional campaigning such as tours of every county and public meetings, the Greens used Obama-style new media campaigning to get the Green message across via the internet. The campaign was backed by a large team which included the 7 list candidates, dedicated campaign specialists and the growing band of Green councillors in the region. True to their grass-roots strength, local party members played their part, and indeed were the sole arbiters of who would be on the Green list, as the party uses a strictly one member-one vote system to decide its European election candidates.      
 
We are very pleased with the big increase in the Green vote and we would like to thank the more than 140,000 people in the East of England who supported us. It wasn't quite enough this time but it bodes well for our party across the region and especially in our developing strongholds. We now need to look forward to the next election, which could well be the Norwich North by-election, a city in which we topped the poll tonight.
 
At the County Council elections, right across the region, Green candidates were often beating the party of Government - and Labour finished only just ahead of the Greens in the Euro poll. Whilst Labour lost most of its County Councillors in the East, the Greens increased theirs from 3 to 11.
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