County Election Results

26/5/2021

by John Hill

These election results were a great step forward for the Green Party both nationally and in Derbyshire. Here is a brief look at what happened, and some thoughts on what we do next.

First of all, Thank You so much to everyone who placed their trust in our candidates to push for Green values and policies at County Council.

National

Our gain of 88 seats is our second-best ever performance, beaten only by our breakthrough year in 2019 (when there were more seats in contention).

For a more in-depth assessment, see this video on our YouTube channel:

Now we know that 2019 wasn’t a fluke. It is becoming harder to deny that we are one of the major political parties. Next year we contest seats that were last up in 2018, before our breakthrough, so we expect to win big again.

Derbyshire

Here in Derbyshire we have our first Green County Councillor, Gez Kinsella, elected in Duffield & Belper South division.

Also, our increases in vote across Derbyshire were even more spectacular than the national picture.

Here are some of the most impressive examples, but we saw gains everywhere.

This might look like a sudden breakthrough, but it is a result of steadily growing party membership, which has given us more resources in terms of money, candidates and volunteers. While we made gains almost everywhere that we have stood before, the main reason for these increases is that we are able to stand in far more places, because we have people willing to step forward. However, we still aren’t able to put up candidates everywhere.

We first need to work hard to get to positions where voters believe we *can* win, then we work hard again to make sure we *do* win. This year, in many places across Derbyshire, we have completed that first step.

We are still a small party, but consider how many voters we can reach that haven’t thought of voting for us before. On the one hand, we don’t have friendly national media or generations of voting instincts to put wind in our sails, on the other, we bring something genuine and new. Many people who vote (or don’t vote) out of habit are hankering for a positive alternative. Those big grey, blue and red voting blocs are a lot more fragile than most people think.

We are uniquely able to win over voters from all parties and none, by giving a clear & positive message and convincing people of our capability & integrity. Conservative voters recognise the need for conservation, Labour voters can see how our policies tackle unfairness & inequality and Lib Dem voters appreciate our consistent stances on electoral reform and internationalism. We have this wide appeal not by telling different voters different things, but by having principles we stand by and demonstrating integrity.

We’ve got a lot of work still to do and we will need your help. Every councillor elected is as a result of a team effort, and to win in more places we need not just candidates but keen volunteers to back them up.

Final thought

This is how the tide turned in Brighton. In 10 years we went from being a minor party, to electing an MP. In the 10 years since, Caroline Lucas has consolidated our position through competence, decency, honesty and clarity. With the right candidates, and teams to support them, we can repeat that elsewhere, even here in Derbyshire.

Chart showing general election vote share by party in Brighton Pavillion constituency (or its historical predecessors) from 1950 to 2019.

Candidate Q&A

In the run up to the local elections, Bolsover, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Green Party are hosting a Candidate Q&A which will give you the chance to question those who are representing you. The candidates are keen to share their vision with you as well as litening to you and hearing which local issues you want them to tackle. Come along on Thursday 15th April at 7pm and get involved – sign up to the online event here

In preparation for the event the Bolsover, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire have published their manifesto and local plan, the document sets out a bold vision for Derbyshire and the exciting progress the local greens will achieve for our communities once elected. If you’d like to read the manifesto it is available here

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 15th April at 7pm : )

Many, many, thanks…

….to all our donors, supporters, workers, fundraisers, counters, officers and candidates all across Derbyshire in December 2019. We:


*   fielded a record number of candidates
*   raised a record amount of funding and
*   gained a massive amount of experience for future elections!

And nationally, even with the “tactical voting” campaign hitting us pretty hard, we still managed to increase our total vote from 2017, which of course puts money in the Party’s pockets for future campaigns.


Next up will be the Derby City Council elections in the Spring of 2020, so get in touch with the campaign teams and give them all the support you can! Last year we won seats in the Derbyshire Dales, High Peak and Amber Valley. Let’s get some Green into Derby City Council 🙂

 

 

 

General Election Candidates 2019

General Election 2019. Green Party candidates will be standing in:

* Amber Valley – Lian Pizzey
* Bolsover – Dave Kesteven
* Chesterfield – Neil Jackson
* Derbyshire Dales – Matt Buckler
* Derby North – Helen Hitchcock
* South Derbyshire – Amanda Baker
* High Peak – Robert Hodgetts-Haley
* North East Derbyshire – Frank Adlington-Stringer
* Mid-Derbyshire – Sue McFarlane

HUGE thank you to everyone who has helped fund our efforts so far!

A Green vote is never a wasted vote! Even if we lose, every Green vote helps fund the party. Every Green vote helps further the campaign for electoral reform. Every Green vote is a vote to prevent climate change!

Derbyshire Dales Candidate Selected

The Derbyshire Dales constituency group of the Derbyshire Green Party is pleased to report that it has selected its candidate for the General Election on 12th December.

Our candidate is Matt Buckler, an ecologist who works for the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. Matt was previously the conservation manager at the Moors for the Future Partnership, part of the National Park Authority, running peatland restoration projects across the Southern Pennines. He is married with two children and lives in Matlock.

Matt has been an active member of the Green Party for 8 years. In May he won two elections, to become a Councillor for Matlock Town and Councillor for Stanton-in-Peak Ward on the District Council. Matt chairs Matlock Town Council’s Climate emergency working group.

Matt said “We believe the Conservatives have poorly served the Derbyshire Dales by not tackling the issues that face us, including environmental degradation and economic decline. Despite their focus on economic growth to the exclusion of all else, the GDP of the Derbyshire Dales District fell by 5.9% between 2012 and 2017”.

Matt will focus on key Green priorities, including the Climate Emergency, fair votes and community-led housing, with the aim of improving the overall wellbeing of our beautiful region, rather than sacrificing it to failed strategies to promote growth.

We will publish our manifesto after the close of nominations on 14th November.

Matt’s phone is 07493 533291

His election agent is John Hill on 07974 943911.

Our press officer is John Youatt on 01629 636241

Matt Buckler candidate for Derbyshire Dales

Promoted by John Hill on behalf of The Green Party, The Biscuit Factory, A Block (201), 100 Clements Road, london SE16 4DG

Election Fundraiser! Please Donate!

The third general election in four years has left us struggling to fund candidate deposits for all Derbyshire constituencies. We will be standing in some places, but not everywhere unless we can raise more funds! If you are a UK voter and want a Green Party candidate to vote for in your constituency, please donate using the donate window on the right, or contact the Derbyshire Green Party Treasurer on johngreengreenparty.gmail.com Many thanks.

Derbyshire Dales Green Party Group Selection Process Meeting – 31st July 2019

The Derbyshire Dales Green Party Group will be holding a Selection Process meeting (with some other items) at the Remarkable Hare, Matlock, DE4 3LT on Wednesday 31st July 2019, gather 18:30 for a 19:00 start. The venue is five minutes walk from Matlock train and bus stations and car parking is available around the back (pay and display) and there are things to lock your bicycles to as well. All welcome, as ever, but the business is mainly Derbyshire Dales constituency related. The agenda is available here. 

 

 

Derbyshire Dales Election Successes 2019!

Congratulations to our newly elected District Councillors.

Matt Buckler was elected as District Councillor for Stanton ward.

Neil Buttle was elected as District Councillor for Tideswell.

(Matt Buckler was also elected to Matlock Town Council for the Starkholmes and Riber ward).

And of course many thanks to all those who voted for Green Party candidates across Derbyshire, put up signs, posters, knocked on doors and posted leaflets. Well done everyone.

Across the East Midlands as a whole the Green Party have more than quadrupled our presence on district councils. Let’s try to make sure the trend continues!

Derbyshire Council Elections 2019

Derbyshire Green Party have the following candidates standing in the council elections of May 2nd 2019.

Chesterfield Borough Council:
Walton – Dave Wadsworth

Derby City Council:
Spondon – Vic Wood

Derbyshire Dales District Council:
Ashbourne South – John Hill
Calver – Rob Scott
Darley Dale – Emma Hickling
Hartington and Taddington – John Youatt
Masson – John Green
Stanton – Matt Buckler
Tideswell – Neil Buttle

North East Derbyshire District Council:
Clay Cross South – Yvonne Rowse
Dronfield South – Neil Jackson
Eckington and South Renishaw – Dave Kesteven
Wingerworth – Frank Adlington-Stringer

High Peak and Amber Valley Green Party groups maintain their own web sites, details can be found here:

Amber Valley Green Party https://ambervalley.greenparty.org.uk/
High Peak Green Party https://www.highpeakgreenparty.org.uk

Ian Sleeman, Alvaston Candidate 2018

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Ian Sleeman

My name is Ian Sleeman and I am the Green Party candidate for Alvaston Ward. I was brought up in Devon but have since made Derby City my home. I work at in the Aerospace Division of Rolls-Royce managing a team of Design Engineers. I am a strong believer in listening and collaborating to get the best results.  Sustainability is my key overarching aim in politics; sustainability in terms of our environment, our economy and our society.

Alice Joy, Abbey Candidate 2018

I was born in New York and moved to the UK in the early 70s, becoming a naturalised citizen in 2012.  My parents were dedicated conservationists and ecologists, so I grew up respecting the planet and all that it contains and supports.  My career centred on healthcare and care quality improvement.  I retired from paid employment in 2015 and now work on a voluntary basis for several organisations that promote the voice of the lay person, patient and carer.  My beliefs are based on respect: respect for other people, their values and needs and respect for the wonder and complexity of nature, without which we cannot exist.

James Lanser, Darley Candidate 2018

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I’m standing to be your Green candidate for Darley Ward because I believe everyone has the right to affordable housing, clean streets and to be listened to. I’ve spent the last three years studying for a Politics degree at Hull University, which included an internship working for an MP at Westminster, and I aim to use my experience and expertise to bring bold and fresh ideas to Derby City Council.

Derby Council Election Candidates 2018

Hello Green People of Derby and beyond!

We’re pleased to inform you of the candidates standing for the Green Party in Derby City on May 3rd. We’ll hopefully have additional information on the candidates in the next couple of days, but until then we’re contesting 7 wards as follows –

Abbey – Alice Joy

Allestree – Dan Holme

Alvaston – Ian Sleeman

Chellaston – John Hill

Darley – James Lanser

Mackworth – Naomi Wilds

Spondon – Vic Wood

More info coming soon, any inquiries to DGP Coordinator Dave Wadsworth – d_wadsworth@hotmail.co.uk

Record number of Green candidates for 2016 Derby City Council election

Marten KatsFor the 2016 Derby City Council election, The Green Party will have a record number of candidates. There will be 8 candidates across the city, a big improvement from the 3 in 2015 when we stood in Darley, Mackworth and Boulton. We will again stand in these wards, but we will now also stand in Arboretum, Derwent, Abbey, Sinfin and Normanton. Campaigning has already started in Darley in January and we have good hopes to get our first Councillor elected to Derby City Council!

One Green Councillor can make a big difference in Derby. We can scrutinise the actions of the Council and ask critical questions. We do realise that Derby City Council is in a difficult position with the government cuts being unfairly harsh on Derby. However, we do believe that the current Labour administration is not getting their priorities right. They have refused to look into alternative ways to keep Moorways swimming pool and the Citizens Advice Bureau open. Both will now close, even though there are other ways to save money. Derby can cut the number of Councillors and their allowances, work with outside partners to finance them or look into other ways to raise funds, many councils in the Midlands have raised funds in inventive ways. Nottingham has for example set up their own energy company which raises important funds for the city. In Stoke-on-Trent council buildings have been sold for £ 1 under the condition that the new owner would turn them into housing (with loans available if needed) and not sell them on within 10 years. This has revitalised the city centre there. The Green Party in Derby has previously advocated looking into the possibility of apply this policy to Derby.

In Derby City Council, both Labour and the Conservatives play a lot of party politics, targeting each other. We would not play party politics. We would support the current administration where we agree with them, we would support the cross-party “fair deal for Derby” campaign, which is also supported by Labour, the Liberal Democrats and UKIP. We would work with any party when there are issues that we agree on, but we will keep our own profile and challenge the council when needed.

We believe we can get our first Councillor, however we can’t do it without help. If you are able to, please donate to our campaign via http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/electing-a-green-councilor-for-derby. If you are able to help with delivering leaflets or canvassing, please contact Marten Kats, candidate for Darley ward and chair of the Derbyshire Green Party on marten.kats@greenparty.org.uk. If you live in any of the wards where we will have a candidate, please consider putting up a “Vote Green Party” poster or sign. To get these (for free), please send an email to Marten.

Marten Kats
Chair Derby City Greens