Welcome to Lewisham Green Party!

A special welcome to the 41 members who joined in the week after our fantastic national and local results!

Forthcoming meeting

NEXT MEETING

Is on 23 July, from 19:30, at the St Laurence Church Hall, 37 Bromley Rd, London SE6 2TS. The meeting will be both face to face and virtual.

Our draft agenda is as follows:

1) Giving thanks to members and supporters, and congratulating ourselves, for bringing about the Green Party’s most successful general election ever, both in Lewisham and nationally;

2) Discussing ward data analysis and other factors, in order to choose our next target and development wards;

3) To plan for the 2026 local elections and indeed any winnable by-elections before May 2026. Consider putting yourself forward to be a candidate;

4) To consider monthly action days, which would involve leafleting, door-knocking, 60 second surveys and be a great opportunity to meet fellow Lewisham Greens;

5) To plan for a summer social event.

We will send out the virtual link for the meeting some time in the next few days.

Let us build on our recent success.

Best wishes from the Lewisham Green Party

Happy campaign memories…

Greens from Lewisham and across the country express solidarity with the people of Palestine and demand a peaceful and just solution

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Our Policies

Only Greens have a record of speaking up for action strong enough to tackle the climate change emergency.

Greens are passionate about building a country where everyone has a good quality of life.

Community is at the heart of everything Greens do.

🏡 Putting residents first – regularly speaking to and listening to residents through surveys on your doorstep

🚲 Healthy Streets – support for cyclists, pedestrians and public transport, school streets and clean air

🏢 Renters’ rights – we’ll use the new landlord register to improve housing and ban rogue landlords

🏠 Insulating housing – retrofit for all types of housing, reducing energy bills and carbon emissions.

❤ Primary and community care provision – give health and the NHS the priority they need

♻ Waste and Recycling – phase out single-use plastic in council buildings, improve Lewisham’s low recycling rate (27%)

🚮 Reducing fly tipping – identifying hotspots, increasing preventative measures, and making it easier to dispose of large waste

LATEST NEWS

Campaign for the London Mayor and London Assembly members!

A brief analysis for Lewisham Green Party:

Deptford by-election 2nd May 2024

Green 944  (28%)

Labour 2642 (79%)

This is a creditable result for a paper candidate, and we are a very clear second, but it remains an incredibly solid Labour ward.

London Mayor and Assembly 2nd May 2024/

Greenwich and Lewisham results:

 London MayorConstituencyAssembly (PR/London wide)
Green7%28294 17.6%24248 15.1%
Labour52%80101 49.7%73773 46%
Conservative22%25960 16.1%25826 16.1%

These results indicate a lot of people were squeezed into voting Labour for fear of Conservative in the Mayoral election, but they understood to vote Green for the assembly.  They also indicate a personal vote for Karin Tearle, our candidate, as she has been campaigning very visibly.  But not all those who voted for Karin voted Green under the pr section.

Distribution of Lewisham Vote

There is an opportunity during the verification process to observe the ballot boxes being opened by ward (but not by voting district, as there are 5-7 in each ward, and these do not include postal votes).  We counted several hundred ballots in ten wards .

This is a table of the ratio of Green to Labour ie an expression of the gap between us:

WardNumber of ballots observedRatio Green to Labour
Ladywell1780.84
Telegraph hill1860.84
Evelyn1280.75
Lee Green630.65
Crofton Park1960.54
Brockley510.54
Blackheath1140.50
Hither Green1310.50
Lew Central1070.46
Forest Hill1310.45

Please view these figures sceptically!  The ballot boxes we managed to observe are not necessarily ‘typical’ of that ward.  Some counting agents empty the boxes in a visible way, others cover the ballots (they have no obligation to be helpful).   Finally there are special factors in this election (the squeeze, the need to kick the Tories) which may not translate into future campaigns for Lewisham borough.

Nevertheless it illustrates what we already know – our vote is consistently half or more Labour’s, never more, and it is a bit more concentrated in the west.

Tim Crossley

Election agent

PALESTINE

Greens are rightly proud that we have been at the forefront of demands for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire and Callum Fowler, prospective Green Party parliamentary candidate for Lewisham West and Dulwich, speaking at a rally in the market to express our view.

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