BRISTOL - TWO GAINS!
The Greens were also celebrating after making two gains in Bristol - Tim Malnick gained a big victory in Bishopston to take the seat from the Lib Dems, while Martin Fodor took Redland – also from the Lib Dems. Charlie Bolton, meanwhile, kept Southville for the Greens, as he took over from Tess Green.
PHOTO: NEW GREENS ON BRISTOL CITY COUNCIL
It was a bad night for the Liberal Democrats who lost seven seats overall, leaving them with 16 councillors – just one more than the Conservatives. Greens also came close in two other wards - Bedminster and Windmill Hill.
STROUD - ONE GAIN!
We gained one seat, Central, and held one with a new candidate, Randwick, Whiteshill and Ruscombe. So we now have 2 new councillors, Caroline Molloy (Central) and Jonathan Edmunds (Randwick, Whiteshill and Ruscombe. We were hoping to also gain a seat in Bisley which we missed by 100 votes. We also unexpectedly did well in a fourth ward, Coaley and Uley, where the candidate, Jim Dewey, had done a lot of work.
PHOTO: STROUD'S NEW GREEN COUNCILLORS
Caroline Molly says
I am honoured to be elected as the councillor for Stroud Central, and proud to be part of a party that stands for compassion and solidarity.
I joined the Greens because they were standing out strongly against austerity and privatisation, and defending people and planet against corporate interests. In this election the Greens are the only mainstream party who have spoken up clearly and bravely against austerity and divisive scapegoating.
I look forward to working with an excellent Green group in Stroud and getting the message out to people that Greens are there for them and that there is a credible progressive alternative.
The best result elsewhere was in Weymouth & Portland, where Clare Sutton came 37 votes away from being elected in Weymouth West (now a tight 3-way marginal). They also had other good results, including Wey Valley, where Brian Heatley was 100 votes away from being elected.
In Exeter, Andrew Bell came a credible third in St David's.
In Purbeck (where there hasn't been a Green candidate for a very long time), we got 17% in Swanage South.