On Thursday May 2nd, local elections are taking place in many parts of England and in one authority in Wales. The Green Party is proud to be standing over 900 candidates and you can find a full list of our candidates here.
All across the country any time and help you can give could really make the difference. Please contact your local party to see if you can help with canvassing, leafleting this weekend or on Election Day.
If there are no elections in your area please consider helping out another local Green Party instead, they would certainly appreciate it.
Local Greens were joined today (Friday 19 April) by the Party's Leader and Deputy; Natalie Bennett and Will Duckworth, to launch our County Election Manifesto in Oxford.
We are running a full slate of 63 candidates across Oxfordshire, with some very strong candidates and having put in a lot of pre-election work we are aiming to gain on our current two County Council seats.
For a full list of local candidates please download a PDF here.
Green Party Oxfordshire County Council Candidates in the May elections include three former Labour Councillors, an ex-world bank economist, charity workers and volunteers, a former Lord Mayor, an ex-Cabinet Office civil servant, teachers, academics and university workers, retired senior Council staff, organic farmers, a church minister, business consultants, and several gigging musicians, artists and performers.
You can find all the latest on our plans for future elections and past elections results in this Elections section of our site.
Green representation is increasing at all levels of Government.
Since the 2010 General Election we have one MP, Caroline Lucas for Brighton Pavilion, control of our first council in Brighton and Hove, we have two MEPs, Jean Lambert in London and Keith Taylor in the South East.
We hold 134 principal authority council seats across the country, and in May 2012 we beat the Liberal Democrats into fourth place, becoming the third party in London and returning our two Assembly Members Jenny Jones and Darren Johnson.
In the May 2012 London Elections, the Greens become a top-three party as Green Candidate Jenny Jones polled third in Mayoral race, overtaking the Liberal Democrats.
The Green Party stood a full slate of candidates across London with Jenny Jones our candidate for Mayor, 14 Assembly Constituency Candidates and 11 Candidates for the London-wide Assembly List.
On the London Assembly, the Greens received 189,215 votes compared to the Liberal Democrats on 150,447, returning Greens Jenny Jones and Darren Johnson to the London Assembly.
The Greens also finished in the top three in constituency elections in Barnet and Camden, City and East, Greenwich and Lewisham, North East and South West.
Jenny Jones AM said: "This is a wonderful day for Green politics. The almost exclusive focus on the two frontrunners in the Mayoral election meant that any other result was very unlikely, but our resolutely positive campaign has stuck to the issues affecting Londoners and the policies to address them. More and more Londoners are realising that social and environmental justice are tied together inseparably, and with Assembly members the Greens can help ensure that the Mayor is held to account on his promises and that City Hall can help create a city more equal, affordable, healthy, and safe for everyone."
You can find out more about our campaign on the London Green Party site.
Elections took place on May 3rd for English District, Metropolitan Borough and Unitary Councils that elect a third or one half of their Councillors at a time, and for all bar one of the Unitary Councils in Wales. Significantly fewer seats are up for election than last year.
160 Councils in all held scheduled elections or by-elections, and the Green Party fielded candidates in three quarters of these areas. The total of 119 Councils with Green candidates is an increase of 10 on the previous like set of elections.
The Green Party stood 943 candidates, an increase of 13% on the last time these Councils held elections. You can see a complete list of our candidates here.
In addition we contested the Mayoral polls in both Liverpool and Salford.
The party was defending 22 seats and aimed to make gains in a number of places including Reading, Reigate and Banstead, Dudley, Solihull and Kirklees. With a record 37 candidates in Cardiff, the Wales Green Party is looking to regain representation at Unitary authority level and win its first seat in the Welsh capital.
We ran 1605 candidates, including 4 by-elections, and mayoral races in Leicester, Torbay and Bedford. Our target candidate for the Welsh Assembly elections was Jake Griffiths, in South Wales Central. Overall, we gained 14 councillors (our tally now being 130 councillors on 43 principal authority councils), but we didn't achieve a seat under AMS in the Welsh Assembly.
Please click here for election results for the Welsh Assembly race and English local elections.
At the 2010 general election, Caroline Lucas won the constituency of Brighton Pavilion.
In 2005, Greens scored a record 22% of the vote in Brighton. In 2007, the Green Party beat all the other parties in the constituency to win 30% of the vote and first place, and at the same time doubled our number of councillors on Brighton and Hove City Council.
Find out more about the work of Caroline Lucas, now that she is MP for Brighton Pavilion: www.carolinelucas.com
In Norwich South, our candidate was Adrian Ramsay, leader at the time of the largest group of Green Councillors in the UK on Norwich City Council.
In both 2007 and 2008, the Greens received more votes than any other party in the local elections. More about Norwich Greens and their ongoing campaigns: http://www.norwichgreenparty.org/
In Lewisham Deptford, London Assembly Member and Lewisham Councillor Darren Johnson was our candidate for the next general election. In 2005, this was our second highest result in the General Election, when Darren gained 11% of the vote. Between then and the general election, we gained five more councillors in the area.
More about Lewisham's campaign: http://www.lewishamgreens.org.uk/
Local elections in 2010 took place at the same time as the General Election. One third of the seats in each of 118 District, Borough, Metropolitan Borough and Unitary Councils outside of London, and all seats on the 32 London Borough Councils, were up for election. Three others have by-elections with Green party candidates.
Find out more about the local elections in 2010 on this page.
The European Elections were on 4 June 2009. Voting was done in ten regions across England and Wales and seats were allocated in each region using a system of proportional representation.
The Green Party re-elected two MEPs: Jean Lambert, in London, and Caroline Lucas, in the South East.
Find out more on our regional websites.
The Green Party contested nearly a third of the seats up for election on June 4th, with 781 candidates across 33 County Councils and Unitary authorities. There were also Green Party candidates standing in 10 by-elections on the same day and several elections to Parish and Town Councils in England featured Green candidates.
In London, the Mayor and Assembly elections saw more than 400,000 people vote Green. Mayoral candidate Sian Berry came fourth with 3% of first choice votes and 16.5% of second choice votes. In the Londonwide Assembly elections, Greens came third in several constiuencies and retained two places on the London Assembly, beating a Labour-Tory squeeze which saw the LibDems lose two seats.
Darren Johnson and Jenny Jones were re-elected and are now working hard in opposition to hold Mayor Boris Johnson to account.
In the 2008 local elections, the first Green Councillors were elected in Solihull and Cambridge, and Green gains were made in councils across the country: