Greens celebrate increased votes despite ‘broken’ vote system

The Green Party increased voters 60 percent to 850,000 voters in yesterday's election.

The Green Party have welcomed a huge increase in the number of people voting for them despite the Conservatives winning the election with a vast majority.

Over 850,000 people voted Green in yesterday’s election, an increase of over 60 percent from the 512,000 votes the party got in the 2017 election.

Sian Berry, the co-leader of the party, said that the mass increase of voters was a “fantastic result”.

“We all knew a December election was going to be hard work, but they [Green Party members] have excelled themselves, stuffing envelopes, knocking doors and pounding pavements despite the weather to make sure we reached as many voters as we could.

“Their tireless efforts have paid off, with more than 850,000 votes,” Berry, who is the Green candidate for the Mayor of London, said, adding that it was a victory despite the “broken” voting system.

“It’s just a shame that our broken first past the post system will not recognise the true political will of the people.

“I look forward to the day we win proportional representation so we can see our votes fully reflected in the number of Green MPs.”

Caroline Lucas was re-elected as MP for Brighton Pavilion. She received nearly five percent more votes than in last election.

Speaking at the Brighton Pavilion count after her win, Lucas said that she felt “incredibly proud” that her majority had increased, and echoed Berry’s sentiments of a broken voting system.

“Brighton Pavilion continues to believe in compassion, justice and a bigger future. That matters so much when the status quo in this country is intolerable – and when we are now on course for it to become even more so.

“As well as proud I feel deeply angry, too, that our political system is so badly broken and is still letting individuals and our country down so badly. It has been doing so for decades.

“It has locked out millions and ignored their voices for years. And it’s our children and the climate that will pay the highest price of all.

“This may well have been a Brexit election but it was also the climate election and I am determined to make this the climate parliament,” she said.

Meka Beresford is a freelance journalist. Follow her on Twitter.

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3 Responses to “Greens celebrate increased votes despite ‘broken’ vote system”

  1. Joe

    Our political system seems to be in very good robust health this morning.

  2. Eric

    As a membership secretary of a Green Party branch I am not in a mood to celebrate anything. Yes I am pleased that in general Green Party votes increased and I am also glad that we are having a steady trickle of new members. But there is much that I am despondent about. What a sickening election result! I know the media odds were stacked against Labour and they had made a mess of handling the antisemitic situation, but they are still so tribal. Not being prepared to co-operate in any way with other anti-tories, even opposing Caroline Lucas. They mainly brought this disaster on themselves. But will they ever learn? So many in the Labour Party remind me of dinosaurs. They don’t realise the political climate has changed. Labour majorities in the past relied heavily on Scottish successes. Those days have gone. To win a majority in England and Wales, and just as important keep it so that the Tories cannot destroy what has been built, as so often happens, electoral co-operation is essential. Going back to Caroline Lucas, I think it safe to say that no one did better than her in trying to halt the Tory dismantling of the welfare system. SO WHO MADE THE DECISION TO TRY TO DESTROY HER FIGHT AGAINST THE TORIES? I left the L.P. when Blair and Brown privatised London Underground. Even under J.C. I see nothing to make me want to return to the Labour Party with its antediluvian tribal arrogant ideas.

  3. John Pearson

    Isn’t it time for all of us who want to oppose the Tories to consider joining Labour? We’re not going to change the two party system for a decade at least, so why don’t we realistically accept the two party system and fight it from within? We need to create a Green, socially responsible, NON-IDEOLOGICAL Labour Party. Too many of us are living in the past where Labour meant “working class”. It’s time to talk to the whole non-Tory groups and find an acceptable way forward…

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