Early results show that the Green Party has made gains across the country in the local government elections held yesterday (May 6).
Results by early Friday evening confirmed that a total of 51 seats had been won, of which 34 seats are gains. This includes first time wins in new parts of the country, from Stockport, Durham and Northumberland to Hastings and Derbyshire.
A hugely significant result is the transformation of Sheffield City Council make-up, which has traditionally been Labour-dominated. By increasing the number of Green council seats from 8 to 13, the council is now one with no overall control. The result means that the Sheffield Green Party is now in a position to enter negotiations with Labour and the Lib Dems about how the council will be run.
Green Party councillor Douglas Johnson said: “It is hugely significant that the council has moved to no overall control so the three parties will be forced to work together. This also makes Sheffield the largest city where Greens hold a balance of power.
“We will continue to push the agenda on the climate emergency, open democracy and community-led action. We now look forward to working alongside the Labour and Lib Dem groups and will make our decisions in the next few days in the best interests of the people of Sheffield.”
He added: “I am particularly delighted to welcome Christine Gilligan-Kubo as a new councillor who has unseated the Labour Leader of the Council. That in itself will help a fresh start as the three parties have to work together. Christine will be a great asset, along with the five new faces on the councillor group.”
💚 Green WIN! 💚
🤝 A big congratulations to @MRaouf_NES on winning his seat on Sheffield City Council! You might recognise him from our broadcast 📺
✅ Greens in the room make change happen.
— The Green Party (@TheGreenParty) May 7, 2021
Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley commented: “The historic gains that the Greens have made in Sheffield, are good news for the council and good news for everyone who lives here. It means an even stronger Green voice at the time when local people need it most, whether that is to improve the lives of the people in the city now or securing their future.
“It is clear the world has changed. It is the Greens that are offering hope and a plan for a Green recovery that benefits everyone.”