4 May 2018
Greens in the North West are celebrating a string of stunning victories (and a few near-misses) in yesterday's local elections. In Liverpool, Tom Crone (last year's Green candidate for Liverpool City Region Mayor) was comfortably re-elected as councillor for St Michael's ward, with over 58% of the vote, while Lawrence Brown saw off stiff competition from Labour in next-door Greenbank to be returned to serve for another four years.
Over the water on the Wirral, Pat Cleary (pictured with supporters below) overcame ferocious Labour opposition to secure re-election as Green councillor for Birkenhead and Tranmere, while in neighbouring Prenton, Chris Cooke took second place, with a creditable 34% of the vote.
Trafford has its first Green councillors, with Dan Jerrome and Geraldine Coggins winning in the previously "safe" Conservative ward of Altrincham. This result also sees the Tories losing their majority for the first time in 14 years, with the Greens and two remaining LibDems holding the balance of power between Labour and the Conservatives.
in Knowsley, 20-year-old Kai Taylor (pictured below at the count) becomes the youngest Green councillor in the UK, winning in Prescot South with a whopping 65.5% and a majority of 784, just topped by fellow Green Andy Fewings, who stormed home with 65.75% in Trinity ward, Burnley.
In Manchester's Whalley Range, with three seats up for election, local Green campaigner Issy Patience took fourth place with a very creditable 1414 votes while in St Helens, the Greens' Amy Deluce took 38.5% of the vote to come within 195 of winning in Haydock.
In South Lakeland, Carole Wood came within 75 votes of taking a council seat in Kendal North.
North west GP Chair Brian Candeland said 'I am delighted to see that we more than doubled our number of seats in this election, with breakthroughs onto three new boroughs, and all existing seats held. We have also had some impressive second places, and this bodes well for future elections in the region. I would like to pay tribute to the incredible hard work put in across the region to achieve these results.'
39 Green councillors were elected throughout England yesterday, a net increase of eight.