9 May 2015
Lewisham Green Party Press Release
Saturday 9th May 2015
Green Party celebrate record result in General Election in Lewisham, while calling for urgent reforms to an electoral system which robs people of their democratic rights
Lewisham Green Party is today celebrating one of the highest Green vote shares in London in the 2015 General Election. Lewisham Deptford candidate John Coughlin achieved 12.5% of the vote, higher than any previous General Election result for the party in Lewisham – a swing of 5.8% towards the Greens compared with 2010.
Tom Chance also moved into third place in Lewisham West and Penge constituency, with 8.5% of the vote, a significant increase of 6.4% compared with 2010. In Lewisham East, Störm Poorun increased the party’s vote share by 4.2%, gaining 5.7% of the electorate’s support.
Cllr John Coughlin said “This is just the start of the Green surge. In Lewisham, people are waking up to the implications of the widening gap between rich and poor, and choosing to support the only party which is committed to tackling the root causes of inequality and environmental harm. We are shocked to face another five years of Tory control nationally - after the damage their party have caused to our national health, education and public services. But we will continue to build on our growing support, and campaign for more proportional and fair electoral system. We want people to be able to vote for what they believe in, and elect the good government they deserve”.
Greens are celebrating bitter-sweet results across the capital, after the first-past-the-post system failed to give voters a single Green MP in London, despite a tripling of the Green vote share in the capital . Under a fairer electoral system, the Green Party would have seen 24 MPs elected to Parliament, and 4 MPs representing Londoners. Instead only one Green MP was elected on Thursday – Caroline Lucas – who kept her seat in Brighton with an increased vote share of 11%. The Green Party has joined with other campaigns - including the Electoral Reform Society and 38 Degrees - in demanding a more proportional electoral system , alongside reforms to the funding of political parties and their campaigns, so that good policies can start to win out over money and spin.
Tom Chance, who is also Co-Chair of the London Green Party, said “In an election votes should mean seats. But, because of the way our outdated electoral system works, millions of people across the country are disenfranchised - they’ve voted Green in their droves and yet have only one MP representing their views in parliament. Not only is this grossly unfair. It also serves to entrench the business-as-usual politics of the ‘traditional’ parties. We want to see a more proportional system introduced, as is used across Europe and in London Assembly elections, to ensure that the next time voters go to the polls, parliament reflects the will of the people - instead of robbing them of their democratic rights."
Lewisham Green Party candidates want to send a huge thank you to everyone who voted Green in Lewisham, and the many volunteers and supporters who worked tirelessly throughout the election period to achieve this strong result. Lewisham Green Party will now be building on their successes locally to maximize the Green vote in next year’s London Mayor and Assembly elections.
1. 4.8%, up from 1.6% in 2010. Results can be found here: http://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/general-election-results-2015
2. The Green Party supports the introduction of the Additional Member System, a version of proportional representation currently used for elections to the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly, and the London Assembly, or the Single Transferable Vote System favoured by the Electoral Reform Society:http://policy.greenparty.org.uk/pa.html http://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/single-transferable-vote