May 3rd 2018, local election saw the Green Party celebrate as they gained 5 seats, with a clean sweep of 3 seats in St Leonards, which included Jonathan Bartley and 1 seat in Gypsy Hill and 1 seat in Herne Hill. This now takes the pressure off the Conservative who kept 1 seat out of 3 in Clapham Common as the other 2 went to Labour.
Conservative Cllr Tim Briggs kept his seat in Clapham Common to be the only man standing for Conservative after the election results.
Cllr Brigg – Clapham Common Conservative Party
Interview with Cllr Brigg
The Green Party with 5 seats will now be the main opposition to the Labour Party’s 57 seats. Cllr Bartley stated ” It’s a privilege to be the only party leader in England elected to serve as a local Cllr” “In the Green Party we believe in the power of local and leading by example”.
Cllr Jonathan Bartley and two other winning Cllrs from St Leonard’s ward
New Gypsy Hill Green Cllr Peter Elliot defeated the sitting Labour Cllr Luke Murphy by 144 votes to take the seat. Labour Cllr Jennifer Braithwaite held onto her seat with 2,063 votes, while Labour Cllr Matthew Bennett remains with 2,054 votes. Link below of interview with Cllr Peter Elliot and Cllr Matthew Bennett.
Link to interview with Cllr Peter Elliot
Link to interview with Cllr Matthew Bennett.
Cllr Peter Elliot, Green Party for Gypsy Hill
Cllr Becca Thacknay won a seat for the Green Party in Herne Hill by defeating Labour Jack Holborn by 251 seats.
Cllr Becca Thackray Green Party who was seated alongside the two Labour Cllrs Jim Dickson and Pauline George
Overall the Green Party has 173 Cllrs around England, making them the third main party close on the heels of the Lib Dems.
This is the link below of the interview with the soon outgoing Mayor of Lambeth, Labour Cllr Marcia Cameron on what she had to say at the election counts