In all the excitement of the General Election on 7th May, it is easy to overlook the fact that borough council elections took place at the same time in ten wards.
Tamworth Greens fielded its biggest ever number of candidates this time and all six – John Scattergood, Harry Yendell, Simon Johnson, Sarah Walters, Lisa Crane & Nicola Holmes – wish to pass on their thanks to all who supported us.
The candidates all received approx 4-5% of the vote in each of the six wards, which were all contested by Conservative, Labour and UKIP.
The Bolehall Ward was contested for the first time by Green Party candidate Harry Yendell.
Results in Tamworth mirrored national trends with the Conservatives strengthening their grip on the Borough Council.
At the General Election on 7th May, we stood our very first parliamentary candidate, Nicola Holmes. While we only managed 1,110 votes, this was a landmark event for us.
Nicola would like to pass on the following message to the people of Tamworth.
As the Green Party candidate for Tamworth I would like to give my heart felt appreciation to everyone who voted Green at the General and Local Elections on Thursday 7th May.
For us to have achieved over 1,000 votes the first time we have stood a parliamentary candidate in Tamworth is a terrific result. Voters have responded to our campaign on the Living Wage, preserving public services, opposing fracking, bringing the trains back into public hands and an end to austerity.
I am delighted to have been a candidate for The Green Party at this election. We ran a wholly positive campaign, focusing not on the politics of fear, but on the politics of hope.
At this general election, for the first time ever, voters in all 59 constituencies in the West Midlands region have had the opportunity to back a Green Party candidate at the polls.
Secure, affordable, decent homes. Not much to ask for really.
However, due to soaring private rents and social housing being sold off left, right and centre, for a lot of people, it’s just a dream.
The Green Party will tackle this crisis head on by abolishing the unfair bedroom tax, building more social rented homes and bring empty homes back into use to ensure everyone has access to an affordable place to live.
In just under two weeks the country goes to the polls as General Election fever ramps up.
Please take a few moments to see the real change that The Green Party has to offer by nipping over to the national website and reading the manifesto. Then acquaint yourself with our most excellent candidate, Nicola Holmes.
And just in case, you weren’t aware, there are ten Borough Council seats up for grabs on the same day and we’re standing in six wards. Check them out here.
Three days ago, The Green Party launched its 2015 General Election ManifestoFor the Common Good which sets out ambitious plans for a fairer society and a safer planet.
At the launch event, Green Party leader Natalie Bennett said:
Our manifesto is an unashamedly bold plan to create a more equal, more democratic society while healing the planet from the effects of an unstable, unsustainable economy.
Also at the launch was Caroline Lucas (elected as as MP for Brighton Pavilion in 2010). Caroline added:
From ending the scandal of cold homes to investing in a public transport system that puts the public first, our plans will make a positive difference to people’s lives, create new jobs and help protect our environment.
Please take some time to read the manifesto and you will see The Green Party vision is significantly different to that of any other party. Fairness, healthy lives, safe planet!