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.

Derbyshire Green Party Press Release: The Biodiversity Crisis and DCC’s Response

Derbyshire County Council leader, Barry Lewis, recently posted a YouTube clip in which he announced his intention to schedule a conference later in the year in order to discuss the future of Derbyshire’s grass verges. Derbyshire Green Party welcomes the beginning of this conversation as it has for a long time been campaigning for the wild flowering of verges and the rewilding of green spaces. Following the announcement, DGP have released the following statement.

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 : )

South Derbyshire Greens working in partnership with Canal and Rivers Trust

Early in 2020 the South Derbyshire branch of Derbyshire Green Party entered into a partnership with the Canal and Rivers Trust – helping to look after the stretch of Canal between Swarkestone and Weston Locks.

Local Greens have been out litter-picking on many occasions in 2020, most recently on 6th December.

You can see what South Derbyshire Greens have been up to and follow them on Facebook –

https://www.facebook.com/GreenPartySouthDerbyshire/

Making a difference!

If you’re wondering what a difference getting Green Party councillors elected can make, take a look at this week’s Derbyshire Dales District Council meeting agenda (1st October 2020).

* Banning the badger cull on council land
* Biodiversity policy on verges and council owned land
* Climate change / zero carbon emissions plan….

You can view the full agenda on the District Council website

Press Release

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Derbyshire Green Party Press Release: 28th August 2020.

Derbyshire Badger Cull

Recent reports suggesting that Derbyshire will be included in a new badger cull
programme are alarming.


The Derbyshire Green Party fully supports the ongoing campaign by Derbyshire
Wildlife Trust to stop a new badger cull from happening. A lot of work has been put
in over recent years to vaccinate many badgers across Derbyshire as part of
the biggest vaccination programme in the UK.


The Wildlife Trust’s studies suggest that any cull would not be justified, as there is no
evidence of widespread TB amongst the badger population within the county. It
would potentially result in vaccinated badgers being shot, causing disruption to the
largest and most established Government funded vaccination programme in the
country.

In March 2020, following an independent review in 2018, Defra announced that they
were planning to gradually phase out the culling of badgers and replace it with
vaccinations
across the country.

Derbyshire Green Party Co-ordinator Darren Yates said – “While the culling of
badgers anywhere in the country is to be opposed, it would be particularly galling in
Derbyshire, given all the good work in recent years to establish a vaccination
programme. I would urge all our MPs and Councillors to do all they can to stop this
cull from being introduced in Derbyshire and for the people of Derbyshire to support
the campaign currently being run by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust”
.

It can also be downloaded in PDF form here.

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

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.