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Will European Election count deliver success for the Greens?

So as Green Party of England and Wales International Coordinator and a European election candidate, I have been working hard over recent months.

We worked to get a European Green Party manifesto we were happy with and a strong anti-TTIP policy from the EGP.

I also supported the always impressive Adam Ramsay in writing a first draft of our own manifesto and had a sneak preview of the ground breaking 'spot the badger' political broadcast.

So what constitutes a good result for Natalie Bennett and the rest of us Greens when the dust has settled and the counts are over.

For the BBC, however many MEPs we elect, we will for them, have largely failed, UKIP are their focus.

For us, I think we can say in contrast we have already succeeded.

Membership is growing at 50 a day, we made gains in the local elections and our perspectives especially on diversity, austerity and climate change have been advanced.

The Common Good contrasts with the neo-liberal, everything for the billionaires, gr…

Greens celebrate local elections success in Liverpool, Wirral, Lancaster...Peter Cranie on course for victory!

Via Alice Taylor.

The North West Green Party is celebrating after winning all of its target seats in Thursday's local elections. The regional party gained council seats in Liverpool, Wirral and Lancaster.
In Liverpool the Greens doubled their councillor numbers to four and are now the official opposition on Liverpool City Council. In Wirral, Pat Cleary gained the party's first council seat, in Birkenhead and Tranmere, with 48% of the vote. In Lancaster the Green Party gained two city council seats. New councillors, Abi Mills and Jack Filmore, bring their total to 10 of the council's 60 seats.
In Liverpool, St Michael's ward is now represented by three Green councillors. New councillor for St Michael's, Tom Crone, won with a majority of 1052 votes. In Liverpool's Greenbank ward the Greens gained their first seat with Lawrence Brown winning a majority of 367.
In Manchester the Green Party gained the second highest city-wide vote share, making them the …

Record 1,855 Green Party council candidates

Just had this from our National Agent, and remember this just covers England and Wales, seperate Green Parties for Scotland and covering North Ireland.
1,855 Green candidates are standing for 44.5% of the 4,210 seats up for election

The previous highest total was 1,624 in 2010, the last time London Boroughs had scheduled elections.

Eastern: Colchester 20, North Hertfordshire 17, Norwich 14, (Cambridge 13 of 15, St. Albans 16 of 22)

North West: South Lakeland 17, Tameside 19, Trafford 22, (Carlisle 13 of 17, Bolton 16 of 20, Bury 15 of 17, Manchester 32 of 33, Liverpool 29 of 30, St. Helens 14 of 16, Sefton 15 of 22, Wirral 22 of 23)

South East: Reading 16, Oxford 25, Worthing 13, (Maidstone 15 of 18,Cherwell 13 of 17)

South West: Stroud 18, (Bristol 23 of 24, Exeter 12 of 13)

West Midlands: Rugby 14, Coventry 19, Dudley 24, Redditch 10, Worcester 12 (Birmingham 21 – but of 40, Solihull 15 of 17)

Yorkshire and Humberside:Sheffield 29, Leeds 33 – our first ever full-slate here (Kirklees 2…