Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Letters from me on Norwich North in today's Guardian/Indy

We have had to combat this idea making the rounds in some of the press that
"the Greens were
disappointed" with our Norwich North result. Well, obviously we were
disappointed, in that we'd rather have won, etc; but it was nevertheless
easily our best by-election
result ever:


http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2009/jul/28/green-party-norwich-north-byelection

Your leader (The message from Norwich North, 25 July) confuses the
city of Norwich with the constituency of Norwich North. The Greens are
very strong in Norwich. However, two-thirds of Norwich North was
outside of the city in the Broadlands suburbs, where we have
comparatively little presence. Norwich North was our best national
byelection result ever. It's clear that the byelection was another
boost for ourselves and Ukip, and another bad day for the "big three"
parties in Westminster. Even the Conservatives lost 2,000 votes,
compared to their result in 2005.

Cllr Rupert Read
Norwich Green party

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http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/letters/letters-democracy-in-iran-1763263.html

Your leading article "A by-election that obscures as much as it
reveals" (25 July) said that the Green Party doubled its vote in
Norwich North. In fact, we more than tripled our vote share from 2005,
and it was our best national by-election ever. This was despite
two-thirds of Norwich North being outside the city (where we are very
strong, and the opposition group on the council), in the Broadlands
suburbs. What is clear from Norwich North is that the by-election was
a boost for ourselves and UKIP, and another bad result for the "big
three" parties in Westminister.

Councillor Rupert Read
Norwich Green Party

1 Comments:

Blogger Rupert said...

People who are not political insiders with good local knowledge are unlikely to understand the context of a contest like this one, in Norwich North. The thing that people keep missing is that we got just 2.7% in Norwich North at the last General Election. And that we still have no City Councillors at all in Norwich North. And that we have (or, had until July) no presence at all on the ground outside the City part of Norwich North. And that only a quarter of those who voted on July 23rd come from the City part of the constituency. Given factors such as these, our result was very creditable, and a great platform to build on.
To find out more about how nevertheless I think we should have done better in Norwich North, goto: http://rupertjason.wordpress.com/2009/07/28/norwich-north-some-reflections/

6 August 2009 at 09:33  

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We have had to combat this idea making the rounds in some of the press that
"the Greens were
disappointed" with our Norwich North result. Well, obviously we were
disappointed, in that we'd rather have won, etc; but it was nevertheless
easily our best by-election
result ever:


http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2009/jul/28/green-party-norwich-north-byelection

Your leader (The message from Norwich North, 25 July) confuses the
city of Norwich with the constituency of Norwich North. The Greens are
very strong in Norwich. However, two-thirds of Norwich North was
outside of the city in the Broadlands suburbs, where we have
comparatively little presence. Norwich North was our best national
byelection result ever. It's clear that the byelection was another
boost for ourselves and Ukip, and another bad day for the "big three"
parties in Westminster. Even the Conservatives lost 2,000 votes,
compared to their result in 2005.

Cllr Rupert Read
Norwich Green party

==

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/letters/letters-democracy-in-iran-1763263.html

Your leading article "A by-election that obscures as much as it
reveals" (25 July) said that the Green Party doubled its vote in
Norwich North. In fact, we more than tripled our vote share from 2005,
and it was our best national by-election ever. This was despite
two-thirds of Norwich North being outside the city (where we are very
strong, and the opposition group on the council), in the Broadlands
suburbs. What is clear from Norwich North is that the by-election was
a boost for ourselves and UKIP, and another bad result for the "big
three" parties in Westminister.

Councillor Rupert Read
Norwich Green Party

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