GAINS FOR GREENS: Significant gains for Green party in parts of the Eastern Region as voters reject the main parties to vote Green.


GAINS FOR GREENS:Significant gains for Green party in parts of the Eastern Region as voters reject the main parties to vote Green.



  • Norwich Greens set a new record for the largest Green group even in the Region;
  • Mid-Suffolk Greens become the official Opposition on the Council;
  • Greens break through onto new Councils in St.Alban’s and Kings Lynn and West Norfolk.

 The Green party gained seats and votes in many areas of the Eastern Region of England on Thursday/Friday as voters rejected the main parties in favour of voting for local Green Party Councillors.


In Norwich the Green Party romped home with increased majorities in all cases, increasing the amount of Green-held seats on the council by one to a total of fifteen, with Jo Henderson taking Thorpe Hamlet from the Liberal Democrats with 41% of the vote, (1328).(1)


In Mid Suffolk the Green party held Mendlesham and Onehouse, with increased majorities.

In Mendlesham Andrew Stringer gained 764 votes, (73.96% ), to win comfortably.

John Matthessen was returned to Onehouse  with 539 ( 56.32% ) of the votes cast. Elmswell was a gain for the Party with Sarah Mansell  gaining 21.37% of the vote.

Rachel Eburne was elected unopposed for Haughley and Wetherden.( 2 )

The Green Party will form the backbone of the group that will now be the official Opposition on Mid-Suffolk.


Greens were also re-elected in Witham (Braintree), in Watford, and in Waveney.


Simon Grover was elected the first ever Green Party Councillor on St. Albans Council, and Lori Allen the first ever Green on Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Council.


Said Rupert Read, Eastern Region GP Co-ordinator: “This was a very good night for us. The Green Party is going from strength to strength here in the East, which bodes well for our prospects in the future – and bodes well for all our children and their children, too.”


There are now 41 Green Councillors on 12 Principal Authority Councils in the East of England. Both these numbers are the highest they have ever been.




Notes. (1) Green Party website. (2). Mid Suffolk DC Website.









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