16 April 2018
The Green Party are fielding 331 candidates - 52% of the seats available - in local council elections to be held on May 3rd in many areas of the North West, including all the Metropolitan Boroughs.
This is near-on 20% more than the 277 who stood in 2014 - the last time the same seats were contested.
Andy Fewings, Green candidate in Burnley's Trinity ward, said:
“The Green Party continues to go from strength to strength in Burnley. We are well placed to gain a council seat as we are standing a full slate of 15 candidates in the borough for the first time - more than UKIP and the Liberal Democrats combined”
He went on to say:
“I am particularly proud to be standing with a team that includes nine women, over 50% more than Labour who have all-women shortlists to address their gender imbalance, but has as yet failed to elect a woman as its leader. The Liberal Democrats have scraped together 33% representation for women whilst the Conservative Party have a derisory four women out of a slate of 15 candidates."
Issy Patience, standing for the Greens in Manchester's Whalley Range, said:
"Manchester residents are ready for fresh ideas and different voices in the Council chamber."
“I'm really excited that residents throughout Manchester can vote Green in every single ward in the upcoming May 2018 local elections. Many volunteers have dedicated their time and energy to make sure all the nominations are in on time. It's very important that we continue to work hard to ensure that the balance of Manchester City Council is readdressed with fair representation from across the political spectrum.”
On a recent visit to Altrincham in nearby Trafford, Green Party Co-leader Jonathan Bartley said:
"The Green Party doesn’t yet have a voice on the council but, having come second here in the last Council elections, it looks like Geraldine Coggins and Dan Jerrome could make history here in May. The residents I met today know Dan and Geraldine and appreciate the hard work they do. They don’t want councillors who only turn up at election time, they want representatives who work hard all year round.”
In Liverpool, Green councillors Lawrence Brown (Greenbank) and Tom Crone (St Michaels) will defend their seats, aiming to repeat their vote shares of 48% and 60% respectively. Over the water on the Wirral, Green councillor Pat Cleary will be looking to increase his majority in Birkenhead & Tranmere. In Prescot, local town councillor Kai Taylor is hoping to become the first Green elected to KnowsleyCouncil. Although local elections are not scheduled in most of Cheshire this year, Matt Roberts will contest the Ellesmere Port Town ward for the Greens in a by-election brought about by the tragic death of stalwart councillor Lynn Clare.
The Greens are fielding full slates in Liverpool, Wirral, Trafford and Burnley. In both Manchester and South Lakeland, with the whole council up for election, there are Green candidates standing in every ward.