The Green Party fielded over 300 candidates in this year's local elections across the region, around 60% of the seats available. In Greater Manchester the Party fielded candidates in around 80% of the seats - more than either the Liberal Democrats or UKIP. The Party is also contesting the Liverpool and Salford Mayoral elections.
List of candidate numbers by borough are in the table below.
In terms of results, Liverpool Green Party comfortably held their St Michaels seat with 62% (Councillor Sarah Jennings), and had a good second place in GreenBank. Wirral Green Party came very close to gaining a second seat in Birkenhead with 43% of the vote. North Lancashire Greens came close to gaining seats in by-elections for both Lancashire County Council and Lancaster City Council. There were other good results in Trafford (Altrincham), Manchester (Whalley Range) and Burnley (Trinity). These results can be seen in the context of a Labour Party led by a more clearly left-of-centre Leader, and a degree of Liberal Democrat revival following their damaging coalition with the Tories.
In the mayoral contests, in Liverpool the Green candidate Tom Crone was third with nearly 11% of the citywide vote; in Salford, Wendy Olsen tripled the Green vote from last time to over 8%. John Coyne gained nearly 9% in the Merseyside PCC election.
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